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Ride a Mile and Smile the While (access required)

Gen. Moses Hazeltine Sherman established the Phoenix Street Railway System in 1887. Initially, it used horse-drawn cars. The system converted to electric power in 1893. The cost to ride the system was a nickel and cars came every 10 minutes ...

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Alchesay (access required)

Photo credited only as “Alchesay and son,” could possibly be A-1 and Baha When Baha Alchesay was buried near Whiteriver on Oct. 15, 1952, many Apaches felt that the era of their tribal existence had come to an end. No ...

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Zane Grey (access required)

Zane Grey is considered one of America’s most prolific writers and a pioneer of the Western as a literary genre. When Zane Grey’s first successful novel, “Heritage of the Desert,” was published in 1910, Arizona was still considered a territory.  ...

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The sun rises on the University of Arizona (5744) (access required)

In 1885, the 13th Territorial Legislature approved $25,000 for establishing the University of Arizona at Tucson.  The university had been created in accordance with the Morrill Act of 1862, which established land grant colleges and enabled universities to obtain federal ...

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The sun rises on the University of Arizona (access required)

In 1885, the 13th Territorial Legislature approved $25,000 for establishing the University of Arizona at Tucson. The university had been created in accordance with the Morrill Act of 1862, which established land grant colleges and enabled universities to obtain federal ...

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The Summer Letdown (access required)

Ray Busey, mayor of Phoenix during the In early July of 1947, Phoenix was sizzling. Phoenix had several days of 112 degree temperatures while “Phoenicians, leaving air-cooled buildings for the day, agreed it was hot.” People working in the fields ...

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An Early Congressional Junket (access required)

Marcus Smith, U.S. senator from Arizona, 1912-1921. In 1905, a Congressional battle was waging on whether or not Arizona and New Mexico should become a single state or separate states in the Union. In October 1905, 10 congressmen toured New ...

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Arizona dries up (access required)

The Wellington Saloon in Globe prior to Prohibition. The Arizona General Election of 1914 contained 19 ballot propositions. This was a record number of items for the voters of the young state. The propositions covered a wide range of subjects ...

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JFK’s Arizona visits draw little attention (access required)

A young JFK and one-legged cowboy “Oklahoma” Pete Haverty enjoying a day on the ranch in Benson, Ariz. From Liz Taylor to Paul McCartney, celebrities seem to have a thing for Arizona. Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson hid out near Douglas, ...

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