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Steamboats on the Colorado (access required)

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Impressive as the steamboat Gila appears, Martha Summerhays, an Army wife who journeyed on the boat in 1874, described the steamer in less than glorious terms: “We had staterooms, but could not remain in them long on account of the intense heat. After a hasty meal and a few remarks upon the salt beef and the general misery of our lot, we could seek some spot which might be a trifle cooler. Conversation lagged; no topic seems to have any interest except the thermometer, which hung in the coolest place on the boat; and one day when Major Worth looked at it and pronounced it 122 degrees in the shade, a grim despair seized upon me.”

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Amelia Earhart in Arizona (access required)

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Earhart’s destination was Los Angeles, where a national air meet was in progress. Attempting to avoid publicity, she chose small out-of-the-way landing fields for refueling stops. Her landing in McNeal on September 12, 1928, was a surprise to the community.

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The Gouldings of Monument Valley (access required)

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Harry Goulding was born in Durango, Colorado, in 1897. He was from a family of sheepmen, and he ran sheep in Colorado and New Mexico as a youth. He talked his way into the Army in World War I, being underage, and ended up as a mule sergeant in the 7th Engineers. After his discharge he headed back west to find a spot where he “could look a hundred miles in any direction and not see a second lieutenant.’’

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Superstition Gold Feud

Superstition Gold Feud

Celeste Marie Jones arrived in the Superstitions in the 1950s to search for gold. She had some financing – some say from a church in Los Angeles – and she got more financing in the form of food and supplies from Bob Corbin and his partner, Joe Robles, who themselves had prospected for gold in the Superstitions. The two men packed in food every Friday night one whole winter in exchange for a 10 percent share of anything Jones found.

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