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Novice Politicos (access required)

Edward J. Jackson, leaning into the touring car with his elbow propped on the door in this 1920s photo, was a mining entrepreneur and unsuccessful political candidate. Posters promoting a performance of Harvey’s Minstrels filled the window of a Willcox ...

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Documenting a century of change (access required)

An early photographer at Fort Valley Experimental Forest in northern Arizona. The original purpose of the U.S. Forest Service Fort Valley Experimental Forest (FVEF) near Flagstaff was to study how to perpetuate the ponderosa pine forest of northern Arizona. Intense ...

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A life in ‘magical’ Magma (access required)

Beginning in 1955, miner Onofre Tafoya spent 37 years working in the Magma Mine near San Manuel. Getting a job as a hard-rock miner at the age of 26 was the first chance Onofre Tafoya had to feed himself, his ...

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McCauley’s Mascot (access required)

A few buildings mark the alleged Mascot town site. Never did a town of 5,000 — Thomas McCauley’s immodest and boastful projection to investors — materialize. If Thomas N. McCauley was not a con man, he was certainly the P.T. ...

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Flagstaff’s Historic Homestead (access required)

A wintry view of the McMillan Homestead near Flagstaff. Travelers along Highway 180 north of Flagstaff often notice a lovely two-story home located on the grounds of the Museum of Northern Arizona. This home is one of the oldest anglo-built ...

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Hum Dinger (access required)

Known as the “Cannon Ball,” “Blue Streak” or possibly even “Hum Dinger,” the pictured vehicle suffered a This World War I vintage touring car of unknown make had interchangeable nicknames: Cannon Ball and Blue Streak. Despite names inferring speed, nothing ...

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Fortuna (access required)

Fortuna was a typical boom town sporting a cluster of clapboard dwellings, false-fronted business establishments and saloons, of course. Irony exists in the fact that after 1849, countless gold-seekers rushing to California in search of fortune trekked over a patch ...

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Tombstone’s Lady of the Rose (access required)

Ethel Robertson Macia, at age two. The Arcade Inn, one of the first adobe buildings constructed in Tombstone, was originally built merely to serve as an office and a boarding house for the Vizina Mining Company. However, a homesick young ...

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Earthquake! (access required)

Tombstone doctor George Goodfellow stumbled upon plate tectonics – before it was fashionable. James Parker, a young lieutenant billeted at Fort Huachuca, chose the afternoon of May 3, 1887, to climb a mountain ridge adjacent the post. All at once, ...

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Disenchanted Traveler (access required)

John Plesent Gray John Plesent Gray was a 20-year-old graduate of the University of California at Berkeley when he purchased a $98 one-way ticket on the Southern Pacific Railroad to the Arizona Territory. His ultimate destination was Tombstone, where parents ...

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