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Wyatt Earp (access required)

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Although millions of words have been written about Wyatt Earp, precious little is known about the man behind the myth. Tombstone aficionados will argue endlessly about which side of the law he was on. But few have paid attention to or written about his life after the gunfight that made him famous.

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Fort Bowie, 1886 (access required)

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Fort Bowie is linked in history with the Apache wars of the 1870s and ’80s. But it owes its existence to the Battle of Apache Pass in 1862 and the Confederate invasion of what was then New Mexico Territory.

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The Blizzard of 1916 (access required)

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This is Main Street in Bisbee on January 21, 1916, the day after the biggest snowfall in city history. The storm began on January 19 with heavy winds that tore off roofs in the Warren District. The wind abated, the sky cleared briefly—then it began to rain. The streets soon ran like rivers. The sky cleared again in the afternoon, but by 5 p.m. snow began to fall, increasing throughout the night until by morning all of southern Arizona from Benson to the Mexican border was blanketed.

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Normal Headquarters (access required)

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During World War I, there would have been no young men in this photo—most had been sent overseas. But by 1920, the boys were back, the economy was beginning to boom, dating was in style again and the Confection Den was one of the places to go.

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Luisa Ronstadt Espinel (access required)

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This is Tucson pop star Linda Ronstadt’s great aunt in a publicity photo taken in the 1920s. Her stage name was Luisa Espinel. She was a national entertainer—a contralto who performed opera, sang Spanish folk songs and acted in movies.

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Teenage Mercenary (access required)

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Lawrence Brown was an American teenager who briefly flew bombing and scouting missions for the Carranza government under General Elias Calles during the Mexican Revolution. He enlisted in May 1915 and drew his last pay on October 22, 1915.

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Antelope (Old Town) Spring (access required)

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Ed Whipple was born in Iowa in 1856. He ran away from home at an early age to seek his fortune in the West. Like most men of his era, Whipple met the demands of the frontier with wit and versatility.

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