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Mickey Free, Apache Scout

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The body of folklore surrounding Mickey Free makes it difficult to separate fact from fancy, but a few facts are known. He disappeared from a ranch west of the Chiricahua Mountains when was about 12 years old and was either ...

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The Christmas Hatbox Baby

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At dusk on Christmas Eve, 1931, Edward and Julie Stewart, on their way to Phoenix, had a flat tire and pulled off the road about 10 miles west of Superior. While Edward fixed the flat, Julie wandered into the desert. ...

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A Close Shave (access required)

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A barber by trade, Emil Marks trimmed the hair and mustaches of Tombstone’s most notorious gunfighters, including the Earps, “Doc” Holiday and the Clantons. Marks arrived in the U.S. from Germany at the age of 16 and spent his first ...

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Old St. Mary’s

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St. Mary’s old adobe church – the first Catholic parish in Phoenix and in Maricopa County – stood on Monroe Street between Third and Fourth streets on the site of the present St. Mary’s Basilica, and marked the culmination of ...

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ASC Becomes a University (access required)

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The work crew in this photograph is taking down the old name – Arizona State College – and putting up the new – Northern Arizona University – on NAU’s campus April 29, 1966. It was the last name change for ...

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Loyalty Sunday, Bisbee

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This photograph, taken from near Castle Rock, shows the Bisbee Loyalty Sunday parade winding its way down Tombstone Canyon toward downtown. Each participant is carrying a small American flag and, according to the Bisbee Review, was “ready to do (his) ...

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Fort Yuma (access required)

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  This remarkable pencil sketch of Fort Yuma was drawn about 1853 by a soldier identified only as Private Will, a member of the 2nd U.S. Infantry under the command of Capt. Samuel P. Heintzelman. A career officer from Lancaster ...

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Teenage mercenary

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  Little is known about Laurence Brown – even his name is in question. He was an American and just 17 years old when he flew his bi-plane over the border and joined Calles’ Army to fight Pancho Villa in ...

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General Miles in Tucson (access required)

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Nelson Appleton Miles was born Aug. 6, 1839, at Westminster, Mass. On Sept. 9, 1861, at the age of 22, he was appointed a first lieutenant in the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry. He made a distinguished Civil War record and was ...

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Charles Poston, the father of Arizona (access required)

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The man at the right is Charles Debrille Poston, Arizona’s first delegate to Congress and the Father of Arizona, so designated in 1899 by the 20th Territorial Legislature. With him are Louis H. Chalmers (at left), House of Representatives, Maricopa ...

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