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The day the Shah came to the Valley of the Sun (access required)

The Shah of Iran visiting John Jacobs’ farm in 1949.It was in early December 1949 that his Imperial Majesty, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shahinshah of Iran came to visit Phoenix farms. He chose to visit the Valley of the Sun because its climate closely resembled that of his native country, and he wanted to observe the ...

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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.