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Marcos de Niza Memorial (access required)

10-13-times-past

Fray Marcos de Niza’s explorations led directly to the expedition of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, who laid claim to the entire Southwest in the name of the Spanish crown and who was the forerunner of European settlement of Arizona. Spain ...

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Emery’s Cooperative

9-29-times-past

Although he was called “judge” in Tucson, Alfred John Emery had no legal training and never sat as a judge. The title was honorific. In fact, Emery was a dairy and poultry farmer all his life, and a man with ...

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The Humor of Mescal (access required)

9-22-times-past-web

Frank Alley had worked for newspapers in Globe, Phoenix, and Tombstone before coming to Bisbee. When he reported on mining news, his prose style was rational, straightforward and dry. But when he wrote under his pen name, Mescal, he was ...

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The First Gray Ladies

9-1-times-past-web

The Tucson chapter of the Red Cross was founded in 1916, just four years after Arizona became a state. At the time, a civil war was raging in Mexico and Pancho Villa was conducting raids along the U.S. border. The ...

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Father Owen da Silva

8-18-times-past-620

Father Owen was born Bill Silva on August 6. 1906, in Santa Barbara, California, near the old Franciscan Mission there. His Portuguese father and Irish mother were devout Catholics, and Owen was determined on the priesthood from childhood. After his ...

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Death on Sacramento Hill

8-11-times-past

A Bucyrus steam shovel, a modern piece of equipment, symbolized a new style of mining in the copper camp – Phelps Dodge had just begun open-cut mining operations on Sacramento Hill. The decision to dig the ground out instead of ...

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A Man of Strong Opinions

This is businessman and pioneer Tucson Mayor Charles Moses Strauss in a photograph taken in 1883.

Charles Moses Strauss was born in New York City on April 15, 1840, was educated in Boston in both public and Hebrew schools and lived in Ohio, Massachusetts and Tennessee before moving west in hopes of curing his tuberculosis. While ...

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The Big Snow of ’49

7-28-times-past-web

This is Andy Matson of Pinewood Dairy standing by his truck in Flagstaff trying to make a delivery. It is February 1949 and the white wall behind him and his customers is a huge snow bank. From December 22, 1948, ...

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The Man from Scotland

7-21-times-past

In 1881, Henry Lesinsky, one of the owners of the Arizona Copper Company in Clifton, recorded the arrival of some foreign investors, “. . . a party of Englishmen and Scotchmen (sic) came our way. They had bought some mines ...

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