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With all the bells and whistles

A sketch from longtime Washington political cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman Bisbee miners blew up a stack of 48 sticks of dynamite. When Phoenix tried the same thing, it rattled the windows and scared the horses so badly they had to ...

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The (somewhat) true story of Corydon Cooley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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