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The Donofrio/Grosso Clan (access required)

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Theresa settled in Philadelphia with her husband Mike, who was also an immigrant and a miner in the Pennsylvania coal fields. Charles went to Phoenix, where he earned a living selling oranges for a nickel a piece on Washington Street. ...

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The Oriental Saloon (access required)

This is Tombstone’s Oriental Saloon, photographed in the 1930s after its conversion for use as a drug store.

Owned by Jim Vizina, its bar and restaurant rented to Cochise County Supervisor M.E. (Milt) Joyce, the Oriental was considered Tombstone’s finest saloon. “Last evening,” wrote the Tombstone Epitaph, about the opening in 1880, “the portals were thrown open and ...

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Immaculate Heart and the Divided Parish (access required)

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This is Immaculate Heart Church and the church school on East Washington Street in downtown Phoenix about the time the church was dedicated—December 15, 1928. It was a separate church for Phoenix’s Mexican-American and Mexican Catholics who had split from ...

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The Blizzard of 1916 (access required)

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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.

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Normal Headquarters (access required)

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During World War I, there would have been no young men in this photo—most had been sent overseas. But by 1920, the boys were back, the economy was beginning to boom, dating was in style again and the Confection Den was one of the places to go.

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Luisa Ronstadt Espinel (access required)

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This is Tucson pop star Linda Ronstadt’s great aunt in a publicity photo taken in the 1920s. Her stage name was Luisa Espinel. She was a national entertainer—a contralto who performed opera, sang Spanish folk songs and acted in movies.

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Teenage Mercenary (access required)

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Lawrence Brown was an American teenager who briefly flew bombing and scouting missions for the Carranza government under General Elias Calles during the Mexican Revolution. He enlisted in May 1915 and drew his last pay on October 22, 1915.

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