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Pennington Street, Tucson (access required)

Pennington Street in downtown Tucson was bustling with business during the late 1940s. A handful of retail shops, the Pioneer Hotel, Steinfeld’s Department Store and Reilly (an undertaking business) lined the street. On the north side, near O’Connor Hall Furniture, was Cele Peterson’s dress shop. Peterson opened her first downtown shop in 1931, and at ...

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The Blizzard of 1916 (access required)

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