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Arizona Territorial Fair, second attempt

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

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

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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The murder of Morgan Earp

Morgan Earp Morgan Seth Earp was born April 24, 1851, in Marion County, Iowa, to Nicholas Porter and Virginia Cooksey Earp. At 13, Morgan and his family left Iowa for California, then moved to Missouri and then to Montana. In ...

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Navajo Bridge at Marble Canyon

The Navajo Bridge was built in 1929 to accommodate travelers through the Grand Canyon. An enormous hole in the ground called the Grand Canyon, and the Colorado River which runs through it, were often considered impediments for individuals traveling between ...

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Ride a Mile and Smile the While

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

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

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

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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