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Mining and Mineral Museum handed over to Historical Society (access required)

The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum is slated for a complete transformation. Charlie Connell, chairman of a nonprofit group that is dedicated to preserving the museum, says he’s concerned that the role of mining and minerals will be diminished for the next generation of Arizonans.

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These members of the Martin Gold family are standing in front of the first large steam engine and threshing machine in the Phoenix area. They are, from left, Martin Gold; his daughter, Rose; an unidentified farmhand; Gold’s daughter, Helen; Dave Martinez; an unidentified young woman; and Gold’s stepson, Ulysses Schofield. The photograph was taken during the harvest in July 1914. Gold brought the first steam thresher to Phoenix.

Martin Gold, Phoenix pioneer (access required)

By all accounts, Martin Gold was a humble and hard-working man. He was popular among the immigrant community, especially the Mexicans—who called him Don Martin—because of his facility with languages.