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The Hanging of Dennis Dilda (access required)

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In the 1880s, Dennis Dilda had left behind a string of murders in Texas and New Mexico by the time he arrived in Prescott in the fall of 1885. But in the frontier, little was asked of a man’s background, especially one with a wife and children. Dilda soon got a job running the ranch of W.H. Williscraft about 40 miles outside of town.

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The Muheim Block (access required)

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This is the Muheim Block, also known as the Brewery, shortly after its construction in Bisbee in 1905. (In the early days, single buildings of any size and scale were always referred to as blocks.) Joseph Muheim, a Swiss immigrant, saloon owner, mine owner, businessman and banker, constructed the building to replace the original brewery torn down that year.

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Mormon Pioneer Lot Smith (access required)

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This stern looking patriarch is Lot Smith, one of the early Mormon settlers of Utah. As a youth he marched with the Mormon Battalion from Illinois to San Diego during the Spanish American War. After leaving the military, he mined for gold, and was successful enough to buy good property for himself and his family in Utah. During the Civil War he worked for the Union Army protecting the telegraph lines.

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Year in Review: Who’s Hot? Who’s Not? (access required)

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In Arizona, no one’s stock at the Capitol is higher at the end of 2015 than Gov. Doug Ducey’s. Several others were also ascendant in 2015. Here’s our list of the hot and not-so-hot personalities and issues that populated the Arizona Capitol Times’ pages during the past 12 months.

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Year in Review: 2015 Photos of the Year (access required)

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Capitol protesters voiced their views on subjects from education to midwives. Sen. Carlyle Begay drew a crowd of supporters when he changed parties from Democrat to Republican. Secretary of State Michele Reagan reached out to a younger generation of potential voters. Those and other scenes were captured in the top photos of 2015.

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First Bisbee Graduates (access required)

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These young women attended Central School, which served all of the students in Bisbee, from grammar to high school. They graduated on June 2, 1906. Commencement ceremonies were held at the opera house; the commencement speaker was University of Arizona President Charles Kendrick Babcock, who only a month before had sent a letter to Bisbee Superintendent of Schools Charles Philbrook accrediting a separate high school for Bisbee students.

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