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The Bankhead Highway (access required)

A panoramic picture of the men and equipment of the Arizona Highway Department who were in charge of road building and maintenance of roads like the Bankhead Highway. In the early 20s, much of this equipment was surplus equipment that ...

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The Capitol Floods (access required)

Several floods have hit the State Capitol over the years. This picture is from Feb. 4, 1905. On the front page of The New York Times and other newspapers throughout the Midwest and East Coast, it was mistakenly reported in ...

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Patagonia’s classic depot (access required)

When the Patagonia railroad depot was constructed in 1900, it was one of only a handful of two-story depots in Arizona Territory. The handsome building stands today as a landmark of classic railroad architecture.While the Santa Fe was the first ...

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St. Mary’s Round Building (access required)

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, abundant sunshine was touted as a cure for any number of physical ailments. Consequently, Arizona billed itself as “The Sanatorium of the Southwest” and actively solicited health-seekers from far and wide.“Owing to ...

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Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (access required)

The black Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps arrives at Fort Huachuca. On May 15, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the act that formed the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). Later the name would be changed to the Women’s Army Corps ...

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Arizona Territorial Fair, second attempt (access required)

A (possibly overloaded) balloon ride at the 1905 Arizona Territorial Fair. In early 1905, the Arizona Legislature created the Arizona Territorial Fair Commission.  The purpose of the commission was to find a city that would establish a fair site and ...

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Arizona Territorial Fair, first attempt (access required)

By the 1880s the territory of Arizona was the Wild West. With a total population of around 60,000, the territory was just starting to get organized through the 13th Legislature which became known as the “Bloody Thirteenth” or “Thieving Thirteenth” ...

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Obsession with the Dutchman (access required)

Walter Gassler in the Superstition Mountains in 1936. Lust for gold has sent many prospectors to Arizona’s Superstition Mountains in search of the Lost Dutchman Mine. Many followed the enigmatic clues left by the Dutchman himself, Jacob Waltz: “From my ...

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