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Pima County Sheriff Ed Echols (access required)

Edward Franklin Echols served as Pima County sheriff five times. Five-time Pima County Sheriff Edward Franklin Echols, born in Stockton, Texas, had little formal education. Echols, a giant of a man with a big smile and a soft lazy drawl, ...

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German POW Camp at Papago Park (access required)

View of the Papago Park German POW Camp from a macine-gun-equipped guard tower. The facility held 1,500 to 5,000 prisoners at any given moment during World War II. Next time you pass by 63rd and Oak streets in Phoenix, glance ...

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Criticizing Coolidge (access required)

Coolidge, Ariz. pictured in the early 1940s. In 1935, perhaps half-a-dozen years before this photograph was taken, Arizona Daily Star reporter Bernice Cosulich took a road trip through rural Arizona. At Coolidge, she noted that Nowell Motor Company was “putting ...

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First Arizona execution by gas chamber (access required)

In the October election of 1933, the electorate changed the method of execution in Arizona from hanging to the gas chamber. One reporter said watching the use of gas “…appeared more humane than the clanging of the gallows trap that ...

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The Arizona Capitol (access required)

Feb. 25, 1901, was described as “a model Arizona day, a summer day in winter, one of those glorious days that Eastern people read about but never witness.” It was also the day the new Arizona Capitol building was dedicated ...

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Geronimo’s Autobiography (access required)

“Because he has given me permission to tell my story; because he has read that story and knows I try to speak the truth… I dedicate this story of my life to Theodore Roosevelt, president of the United States.”~ – Geronimo, ...

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With all the bells and whistles (access required)

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 (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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