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Phoenix’s First Light Rail System

Phoenix streetcar 100 with dignitaries, circa 1929.

Just about every city of any size in the early days had a streetcar or trolley line. In Phoenix, there was the Phoenix Street Railway System, which operated from 1887 to 1948. It was owned and operated by the great promoter and subdivision mogul, Moses H. Sherman, until 1925, when the city of Phoenix took over operations.

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Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House

A group of Bisbee residents gathers in front of the Norton House for a commemorative photograph in 1906.

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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The Shrine at the Casa

Owen da Silva and Fr. Luigi Sciocchetti at the dedication of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Phoenix.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico, of the Americas and of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. The mosaic building being dedicated in the photo was erected by the Franciscan Renewal Center (Casa de Paz y Bien) in 1954 on the center property at Lincoln Drive between Mummy and Camelback mountains.

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The Mertz Family

(From left) Sister Electa Fleck, Father Jim Mertz and Sister Mary Magdalene (Mary Mertz) are pictured in front of 444 Monroe Street, downtown Phoenix, 1936.

This photo shows 444 Monroe Street in downtown Phoenix in 1936. The building in the background is the former convent of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, who taught St. Mary’s Elementary School classes for nearly a century.

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Annie Daniels, Schools Superintendent

Annie Evalena Stakebake Seayrs Daniels, a schoolteacher and Pima County superintendent of schools 1924-1930.

Annie Evalena Stakebake Seayrs Daniels, a schoolteacher and Pima County superintendent of schools, was born in a log cabin on a farm near Windsor, Indiana, on Oct. 3, 1869. Her parents were Henry Harrison and Louisa Cropper Stakebake.

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Traveling Photographers

Bisbee, 1885, looking south toward Sacramento Hill. At right are the Holbrook headframe (the covered building), the entrance to the Copper Queen mine and the smelter.

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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Last of the Buffalo Soldiers (access required)

Photos Courtesy Fort Huachuca

Master Sergeant John P. Campbell, age 90, died at a nursing home Sept. 7, 1984, in Phoenix. Campbell was born Nov. 7, 1893, the youngest of 13 children in Evansville, Indiana. He finished high school joined the Army in 1911, and of his 35 years of service, 27 were spent at Fort Huachuca.

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Thriving St. Mary’s

Third graders in Sister Vivenne’s class at St. Mary’s pose for a picture at the start of the 1950s.

Several generations of Phoenix’s Catholics attended St. Mary’s Elementary School, which closed in 1992 and was eventually demolished to make way for new Diocesan offices.

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