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Morenci: 1903 Strike (access required)

Soldiers in tents outside the Phelps Dodge Mercantile store were stationed in Morenci to control the mining strike of 1903.

The store pictured here was constructed at Morenci in 1901 by the Detroit Copper Company and known as the DC Store. Its rear wall and basement were fashioned from limestone and the balance of the structure was built with red granite quarried from nearby Morenci Canyon.

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A forest by any other name (access required)

Ponderosa pine regeneration on the Coconino National Forest.

The July 3, 1908, edition of Flagstaff’s Coconino Sun announced: “The San Francisco Mtns and Grand Canyon(South) National Forests have been consolidated under the name of the Coconino Nation(al) Forest. While this will be confusing for a few years, it will greatly simplify the work of the Supervisor’s office.”

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Manuelito (access required)

Manuelito and wife Chiquita

In the mid 1800s, Manuelito led the Navajos in some of the fiercest battles of the Indian wars with the U.S. He was born near Bear’s Ear in Utah and belonged to the Bit’ahni clan.

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‘Edward Jackson’ (access required)

Edward Jackson, in Willcox about 1920.

Little is known of Jackson’s early life. He claimed to have been born in Denver in 1877, but may have been born in San Antonio in 1878. He volunteered for military duty during the Spanish-American War, served in Manila in 1898 and — like many of his contemporaries — returned home with dysentery that would reoccur throughout his life.

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The New Mills House (access required)

The New Mills House, located at 618 W. Washington St., opened in 1895.

Susie and Ernest Mills came to Arizona in 1881. Ernest was a Canadian who ran away from home to join the American Civil War. He served three years with an Ohio regiment and was wounded in battle. After the war, ...

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The ‘dry heat’ arrives in Arizona

A postcard of Yuma possibly used as an advertisement to lure health seekers to the Southwest’s therapeutic climate.

In his 1878 book “Picturesque Arizona,” Enoch Conklin quotes Dr. A. M. Loryea: “The heat in Arizona, though high, is endurable in consequence of the dryness.” His statement may be the precursor to Arizona’s most quoted weather phrase: “but it’s a dry heat, so you don’t mind it.”

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Lady of the Red Rose Bush

A descendent of Margaret (Maggie) Griffiths Hunt McCormick’s original rose bush sits near the main entrance to Old Main on Northern Arizona University’s north campus, next to Daughters of the American Revolution’s historic George Washington Elm tree.

In 1865, Margaret (Maggie) Griffiths Hunt McCormick, the lovely young bride of then-Territorial Secretary of State Richard C. McCormick, traveled with her groom to their new home in Prescott. To remind her of her childhood days, she planted a rose bush from New Jersey next to her Arizona home, which was the Governor’s Mansion, as Richard was named the second territorial governor in 1866.

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Oliver Comstock, Unsung Arizona Hero (access required)

Sporting a pith helmet, linen suit and big white mutton chop sideburns, Oliver E. Comstock pedaled his bicycle along Tucson’s dusty roads with a soup kettle hanging from the handlebars. He will never be as famous as Wyatt Earp, but he was a real hero to Tent City residents.

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