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The State of Arizona’s First Legal Execution (access required)

Although this photo makes him look like he could have served kids ice cream back in the 1920s, Paul V. Hadley was anything but a model citizen.The nattily dressed man pictured here was known to Tucson law enforcement officials as Dr. William E. Estaver. A literate man, Estaver was well-spoken, friendly and persuasive, and claimed ...

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The Blizzard of 1916 (access required)

This is Main Street in Bisbee on January 21, 1916, the day after the biggest snowfall in city history. The storm began on January 19 with heavy winds that tore off roofs in the Warren District. The wind abated, the sky cleared briefly—then it began to rain. The streets soon ran like rivers. The sky cleared again in the afternoon, but by 5 p.m. snow began to fall, increasing throughout the night until by morning all of southern Arizona from Benson to the Mexican border was blanketed.