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Promoting Tourist Travel in 1884 Northern Arizona

Road conditions on the Grand Canyon stage route from Flagstaff to Grandview Point in 1909.

The following article appeared in the Weekly Champion, a Flagstaff newspaper, on March 22, 1884. Today’s reader may enjoy the flowery writing style of the time; may be curious as to why the route would travel so far to the west unless it was to reach the waters of the Colorado River instead of viewing the Canyon from the rim?

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Bisbee’s Swimming Pools

Bathers lounge about the Warren swimming pool in this 1922 photograph.

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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A Bisbee Banquet

The general office of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company was lavishly decorated in
1899 to host a dinner for members of the American Institute of Mining engineers and their wives.

On Oct. 15, 1899, a special train pulled into the depot at Bisbee. It was carrying members of the American Institute of Mining engineers and their wives on a month-long tour of Western states.

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The Class of 1920

The first graduating class of St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix is pictured on a graduation announcement.

These students are the first graduating class of St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix. Founded in 1917, the school first held classes in the tiny second floor of St. Anthony’s grammar school (since razed) next to St. Mary’s Church.

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Will Rogers, Jr.

Will Rogers, Jr.

Born in New York in 1911 when his famous father, the humorist Will Rogers, was starring in the Ziegfeld Follies, William Vann Rogers Jr. grew up in the house that is the centerpiece of Will Rogers State Historic Park.

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The First Pima County Supervisors

From left, Original Pima County Supervisor Solomon Warner and Original Pima County Supervisor William S. Oury.

With that proclamation, the first Pima County Board of Supervisors began its duties. The first four counties in the Arizona Territory — Yuma, Mohave, Yavapai and Pima — were created on Nov. 6, 1864. Each, at its own expense, had to provide a suitable courthouse, a jail and fireproof county offices.

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