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The (somewhat) true story of Corydon Cooley (access required)

Corydon Eliphalet Cooley on his porch circa 1900. Six generations of Cooleys grew up in Arizona, but one side of their family goes back much further. In 1871, the clan’s jolly patriarch Corydon Eliphalet Cooley married the daughter of Pedro, ...

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Short Creek (access required)

In July 1953, Gov. Howard Pyle issued an insurrection proclamation against Short Creek, Ariz. This proclamation allowed $50,000 in emergency funds under the discretion of the governor to be used to fund a multi-agency raid later in the month. Rep. ...

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Guarding the Castle (access required)

Montezuma Castle near Camp Verde is an enigma. The great Aztec chief Montezuma would never have seen the structure on the cliff walls. It certainly is not a castle, but merely secure living quarters for a long-gone people. Finally, it ...

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The legislative life (access required)

Whiskey Row, Prescott, 1877. The early years of the Arizona Territorial Legislature were an interesting affair. The Legislature met in Prescott during the early months of the new year when winter still gripped northern Arizona.Due to flooding on the Gila ...

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Pick your poison: War or flu (access required)

The original Armistice Day arrived at 11 a. m. on Nov. 11, 1918. It was a 30-day temporary cessation of the horrors of World War I. Every 30 days, the Armistice was renewed until the signing of the Versailles Treaty.The ...

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John C. Frémont (access required)

John C. Frémont People have always come to Arizona for a new beginning or to reinvent themselves. John C. Frémont, ‘The Great Pathfinder,’ was no exception.Frémont was born in Savannah, Ga. on Jan. 21, 1813. He grew up in Charleston, ...

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The Hohokam’s Legacy: Pueblo Grande (access required)

Odd Halseth, Phoenix’s first city archaeologist and Pueblo Grande’s first museum director, gives a presentation to a Creighton School eighth-grade history class in 1939 with the original museum and platform mound in the background. On the north side of the ...

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Lee’s Ferry (access required)

Lee’s Ferry around 1917 with possibly the raft that capsized in 1928 and resulted in the close of the ferry operation. The first non-Native Americans to see Lee’s Ferry may have been Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante in ...

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The Arizona Temple (access required)

The Arizona Temple pictured during the four-day dedication ceremony in 1927. In 1833, Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith outlined the “look before you leap” plan for settling the West. The plan included well thought out plans for emergencies. Brigham Young later ...

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Governor Frederick A. Tritle (access required)

Gov. Frederick A. Tritle As Gov. Joseph Kibbey walked through the streets of downtown Phoenix in late 1906, former Gov. Frederick A. Tritle called to him from a chair near one of the downtown hotels. Governor Kibbey could see that ...

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