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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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Clifton’s early calamities (access required)

Fabled Chase Creek Street in Clifton, photographed sometime after 1905, when the Arizona Copper Company installed electricity throughout its mining enterprise. During the mid-1870s, a smelter was installed at the mouth of Chase Creek. Consequently, Clifton’s main thoroughfare — a ...

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Burke’s Station (access required)

This crumbling adobe structure was Burke’s Station, photographed at an unknown date. The lumber lean-to, surely a later add on, suggests that the photographer focused his lens on the backside of the building. Given the absence of utility poles and ...

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