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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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Sabino Canyon’s spell-bound visitors (access required)

School teachers enjoy a picnic at Sabino Canyon in 1907 Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains seven miles northeast of Tucson, Sabino Canyon has been a popular picnic spot for many generations. Artifacts indicate human habitation in ...

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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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