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Naming Arizona (access required)

The 1873 and 1876 migrations into Arizona Territory by the Church of Latter-day Saints (LDS) primarily followed the wildly fluctuating course of the Little Colorado River. Town sites initially established at river's edge were often washed out, which caused settlers to move to higher ground. The settlers usually located at sites that were already occupied by others, and today's names of these locations often reflect LDS heritage. Following is a brief history of the names of some of these areas.

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Never mind Mining (access required)

This 1956 photo of Tombstone shows a modern, but economically depressed town. It wasn't until Hollywood painted a fantastic picture of the Wild West did the town cash in its rough-and-tumble lore with tourists.

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Triangle L Ranch (access required)

Triangle L Ranch, one of the first dude ranches in southern Arizona, began in the 1890s as a working cattle ranch frequented by Buffalo Bill. The 49-acre property near the Catalina Mountains is now operated by Sharon Holnback as a bed-and-breakfast, farmers' market, art gallery and concert venue, but once had its share of horse opera drama.

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A legendary craftsman (access required)

In 1919, El Tucsonense, Arizona's largest Spanish language newspaper, hailed Federico Ronstadt as "one of the most prominent figures in the higher commercial circles of Tucson." The writer did not exaggerate.

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The Southern Arizona Auto Company (access required)

The Stevens-Duryea Company produced cars in Chicopee Falls, Mass., between 1901 and 1915 and from 1919 to 1927. The company’s first foray into the car business began with the introduction of a two-cylinder, five-horsepower runabout that sold for $1,200. The firm produced 61 cars in 1902 and 483 in 1903.

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The Southern Arizona Auto Company (access required)

Although this photo was taken in 1908, the Southern Arizona Auto Company still operates today in Douglas. The Stevens-Duryea Company produced cars in Chicopee Falls, Mass., between 1901 and 1915 and from 1919 to 1927. The company’s first foray into ...

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A Superior destination (access required)

While Lake Superior is far from Superior, Ariz., the miners who came to explore the mountains in what is now Pinal County honed their skills in the Great Lakes region before mines there played out and they heard of new ...

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A Superior destination (access required)

While Lake Superior is far from Superior, Ariz., the miners who came to explore the mountains in what is now Pinal County honed their skills in the Great Lakes region before mines there played out and they heard of new opportunities in the West.

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