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Chloride, the ‘nation’s most important city’ (access required)

Predictions that Chloride would rival New York as the nation’s most important city were made with unblushing faces by enthusiastic boosters in 1899. That year, the Arizona-Utah Railroad completed a spur line that connected with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe line at Kingman, some 18 miles south. The town’s promoters convinced themselves that explosive ...

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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.