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Gillespie Dam (access required)

A convoy of cars traverses the precarious apron of Gillespie Dam. Gillespie Dam was an extreme obstacle to travelers trying to go from Phoenix to Gila Bend and on to Yuma in the early years of the 20th century. The ...

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Winsor Castle to Pipe Springs (access required)

A 1925 photo of Pipe Springs. Located in the shadow of vermilion cliffs on the Kaibab Plateau, three miles south of Moccasin Spring and eight miles south of the Utah border, sits an impressive pioneer fortress called Pipe Springs. Colorado ...

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Ruined Raid on Short Creek (access required)

Arizona National Guard troops fed women and children following the 1953 raid on Short Creek. Prior to dawn on a summer morning in 1953, Arizona staged the largest police action in its history. It was a costly, controversial venture that ...

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San Diego, ‘Arizonia’ (access required)

Gov. George W. P. Hunt at the Santa Fe station in San Diego in September 1917. The boundary of Arizona has long been a work in progress. When the United States was negotiating with Mexico over the location of the ...

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Olive Oatman (access required)

Olive Oatman Some 20 miles west of Gila Bend, along the Gila River, lays the grave of a bloody, early chapter in Arizona history. The Oatman massacre was a very early prelude to the relationship between Native Americans and the ...

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Eva Lost Her Head (access required)

Eva Dugan, the only woman ever hanged at Florence. When asked about the execution of Eva Dugan, Florence prison warden Lorenzo Wright said he felt capital punishment should not be used when the only evidence is circumstantial. Eva Dugan stated ...

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Pima County Sheriff Ed Echols (access required)

Edward Franklin Echols served as Pima County sheriff five times. Five-time Pima County Sheriff Edward Franklin Echols, born in Stockton, Texas, had little formal education. Echols, a giant of a man with a big smile and a soft lazy drawl, ...

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German POW Camp at Papago Park (access required)

View of the Papago Park German POW Camp from a macine-gun-equipped guard tower. The facility held 1,500 to 5,000 prisoners at any given moment during World War II. Next time you pass by 63rd and Oak streets in Phoenix, glance ...

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Criticizing Coolidge (access required)

Coolidge, Ariz. pictured in the early 1940s. In 1935, perhaps half-a-dozen years before this photograph was taken, Arizona Daily Star reporter Bernice Cosulich took a road trip through rural Arizona. At Coolidge, she noted that Nowell Motor Company was “putting ...

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