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‘Light’s Golden Jubilee’ (access required)

Thomas Edison circa 1880, probably within a year after he had is first successful experiments with the light bulb. More than 7,000 Arizona residents celebrated “Light’s Golden Jubilee” in downtown Phoenix on Oct. 21, 1929. At the time, the population ...

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1929 stock market crash (access required)

A Farm Security Administration farm in the Chandler area during the Great Depression. The recent turmoil in world financial markets has led many to incessantly check their retreating 401(k) retirement accounts. There have been inevitable comparisons to the stock market ...

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Come and git it (access required)

An early Chuck wagon somewhere in Arizona In the early part of the 21st century, some believe life in Arizona is too regulated. In the early days of Arizona, a bit more regulation would have been welcomed by many.A J. ...

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The Rogue of the Mascot Mine (access required)

The entrance to the much-ballyhooed, yet largely unproductive Mascot Mine. The Dos Cabezas’ post office was established April 8, 1879 and discontinued on Jan. 31, 1960, although the original building was still standing. In 1878, the town had a barber ...

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Col. Boyce Thompson’s home returns to arboretum (access required)

Col. Boyce Thompson’s 7,021-square-foot brick-and-stucco dream home, Picket House. Picket Post House, the former home of Col. William Boyce Thompson, has been returned to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum via a $2.9 million sale this summer, but visitors will have to ...

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Pioneer Days (access required)

Levi Udall, Arizona pioneer (almost) For several decades, Arizona would celebrate Pioneer Days on a grand scale. It would be a multi-day celebration of those who came to Arizona before Dec. 31, 1890.Arizona Supreme Court Justice Levi S. Udall once ...

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‘Buffalo’ Bill Cody and John W. Young (access required)

John W. Young circa 1870 Renowned ‘Buffalo’ Bill Cody disembarked at the Flagstaff train depot in November 1892, ready to lead a distinguished group on a hunting excursion to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The trip was arranged ...

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Dream town: Roxaboxen, Arizona (access required)

Roxaboxen Mayor and Historian Marian Doan History is not only about politicians and military officers, and not just researched and transcribed in musty archives by squinty-eyed old men. Around 1917, 12-year-old Marian Doan wrote “The History of Roxaboxen” and proudly ...

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Cowboy Up (access required)

Cowboys in a picturesque setting somewhere in Graham County around 1890. Just a few years ago, cowboys could be seen wandering the streets of Arizona on a regular basis in their boots, cowboy hats, chaps and six-shooters strapped to their ...

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Charleston: Tougher than Tombstone≠ (access required)

J.W. Swart’s Saloon in Charleston “If a corpse had a gun on him and the fatal shot came from the front, you didn’t look for the killer.” Such was one resident’s memory of Charleston. Now only a pile of adobe ...

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