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The sun rises on the University of Arizona (access required)

In 1885, the 13th Territorial Legislature approved $25,000 for establishing the University of Arizona at Tucson. The university had been created in accordance with the Morrill Act of 1862, which established land grant colleges and enabled universities to obtain federal funding for agriculture and mining schools. On Oct. 1, 1891, the University of Arizona opened ...

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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.