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The Siege of Naco

The Siege of Naco

These are the remains of a Dodge touring car struck by a bomb in Naco, Ariz., in April 1929. The bombing took place during the last stages of the Cristero Revolution in Mexico, a religious and political revolt against the federal government, which had outlawed the Catholic Church.

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Amelia Earhart Touches Down in Arizona

Amelia Earhart Touches Down in Arizona

Famous woman aviator Amelia Earhart stands with a couple of spectators near her biplane – a French Avro-Avian – while the craft sits on a crude runway in the farming community of McNeal in the Sulfur Springs Valley just north of Douglas.

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Christmas in Bisbee, 1909

Christmas in Bisbee, 1909

This is an advertising page from the Bisbee Daily Review of Dec. 19, 1909. Led by the Fair Store and Copper Queen Mercantile, the December editions of the Review carried more and bigger Christmas ads than in previous years and were festooned with Christmas graphics – Santa Clauses, wreaths, Christmas trees and toys.

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Bisbee’s Post Office

Bisbee’s Post Office

The Bisbee Post Office has been a meeting place on Main Street for more than 100 years. Through remodeling, demolition, reconstruction and floods, it has served as a de facto town square.

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Strike up the band

Strike up the band

When the Bisbee Boys Band was organized at the YMCA in 1914, the members had few instruments, no sheet music and little musical training. Their first task was to raise money to buy themselves instruments and music books. The band members all were older than 12 (and many closer in age to 18).

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Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House

Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House

On May 21, 1906, this group of Bisbee residents gathered in front of the Norton House hotel on Main Street for a commemorative photograph. With the exception of the children, all the residents had arrived in Bisbee in the 1800s, and were friends and acquaintances of E.G. Norton, who owned the Norton House and was leaving Bisbee to retire in Maine.

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Traveling Photographers

Traveling Photographers

This photograph of Bisbee was taken by George Rothrock, one of many itinerant photographers who traveled the countryside in the 19th and early 20th century to record the lives of farmers, ranchers and settlers on the frontier. The photographers gave people the only chance they would have to secure a “likeness” and left a revealing record of life on the frontier.

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Bisbee’s Swimming Pools

Bisbee’s Swimming Pools

These happy swimmers in Bisbee’s Warren suburb are enjoying themselves courtesy of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company, which built this pool in 1922 and supplied the water for it.

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