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The Great Arizona Outback (access required)

The Great Arizona Outback, also known as McMullen Valley, is a little-known locale where the frontier never closed. Hope, Salome, Wenden and Vicksburg are a few of the necklace of towns strung out along a desolate stretch of Highway 60 west of Phoenix. The valley was named after James McMullen, who ran the stage between Congress and Ehrenberg. Wells Fargo took over later and made it part of their Butterfield Stage Line.

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The Great Arizona Outback (access required)

The McMullen Valley Stage The Great Arizona Outback, also known as McMullen Valley, is a little-known locale where the frontier never closed. Hope, Salome, Wenden and Vicksburg are a few of the necklace of towns strung out along a desolate ...

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Trading at Cameron (access required)

Constructed over the Little Colorado River in 1911, this uniquely designed sway-back suspension bridge offered ease of egress/ingress to the western lip of the vast Navajo Nation, 54 miles north of Flagstaff.

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Trading at Cameron (access required)

Constructed over the Little Colorado River in 1911, this uniquely designed sway-back suspension bridge offered ease of egress/ingress to the western lip of the vast Navajo Nation, 54 miles north of Flagstaff.Brothers Hubert and C.D. Richardson recognized merit in the ...

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A miner’s dream: Courtland (access required)

Shortly after the turn of the century, surface conditions indicating a mother lode of copper had people flocking to a site 20 miles east of Tombstone. However, like so many other wide-eyed miners and their families, the people would discover how quickly even the most metropolitan of Western towns rises and falls in the desert.

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A miner’s dream: Courtland (access required)

Established in March 1909, Courtland’s Post Office was one of the town’s most enduring features. It lasted until 1942 — about 20 years longer than the town itself. Shortly after the turn of the century, surface conditions indicating a mother ...

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Cochise County: A Troublesome Birth (access required)

The men in this photograph, taken at the courthouse in Tombstone, constitute an early rendition of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors. On the heels of rapid growth at Tombstone and Bisbee — each fueled by unprecedented mining booms — ...

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Jewish merchants pioneered the West (access required)

How Jewish merchants won the West Everyone knows how the West was won — from the movies, right? First came the trappers and hunters, then prospectors, then soldiers and farmers. From watching epic westerns, we learned that brave men such ...

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Yuma Homestead (access required)

Late 19th century homesteaders pose in front of their adobe dwelling. Had an innovative seamstress possessed the courage to lower necklines, raise hemlines and shorten billowy sleeves, the women posed at this late 19th century Yuma homestead would have led ...

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Landlord of Tucson (access required)

This 1937 photo of a mission roadhouse once owned by Tucson developer Leopold Carrillo reveals little about its builder; much about the ravages of time. Note the pair of long johns at left center draped over the chicken wire fence, ...

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