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The Arizona Rangers (access required)

The Arizona Rangers scan for cattle rustlers from a hilltop. In March of 1901, the 21st Assembly of the Arizona Territorial Legislature authorized Gov. Nathan Murphy to form the Arizona Rangers. The Rangers only consisted of 14 men; a captain, ...

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Yuma Territorial Prison (access required)

Yuma Territorial Prison yard One of the storied institutions of the West is the Yuma Territorial Prison, seen here in a photograph thought to be taken during the latter days of the 19th century. Built by inmate labor, the prison ...

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Sierra Vista (access required)

In 1877, Fort Huachuca was established at the cradle of the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona Territory. Its mission was to protect settlers from Apache attacks and secure the United States border with Mexico. However, its rugged isolation did not ...

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Benson City Hall (access required)

Benson City Hall in the 1950s This seemingly innocuous building was for many years a thorn in the collective backside of Benson’s political mucky-mucks. Built in 1936 to house city hall and the police and fire departments, it was constructed ...

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Lowell Observatory (access required)

Percival Lowell records his findings in the late 1890s in his Flagstaff observatory. As a youngster, Percival Lowell read books about astronomy and gazed at the stars through a telescope fixed atop the roof of his family home. No one ...

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The Bisbee Deportation (access required)

More than 1,000 strikers were taken at gunpoint to the Warren baseball field. During the early years of the 20th century, labor unrest was rampant across the nation. In 1917 alone, more than 4,200 strikes erupted in the United States. ...

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Adams Hotel Fire (access required)

The Hotel Adams in Phoenix, engulfed in flames on May 17, 1910. The graveyard shift was nearly over when Henry Willey, night clerk at Hotel Adams, noticed smoke coming from an elevator shaft in the lobby. He summoned porter Charles ...

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The Heards come to Phoenix (access required)

Historically, it usually has been a wise career move to marry the boss’ daughter. And that is exactly what Dwight Bancroft Heard did before he moved to Phoenix in 1895. Heard was born in Wayland, Mass., on May 1, 1869. ...

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The Summer of Terror (access required)

The Arizona State Prison in Florence where the Jesus Maria Barboa was held after two particularly brutal murders. Before air conditioning, people who spent the summer in Phoenix either slept in their yards or on screened sleeping porches. Those who ...

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