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Dream town: Roxaboxen, Arizona (access required)

Roxaboxen Mayor and Historian Marian Doan History is not only about politicians and military officers, and not just researched and transcribed in musty archives by squinty-eyed old men. Around 1917, 12-year-old Marian Doan wrote “The History of Roxaboxen” and proudly ...

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Cowboy Up (access required)

Cowboys in a picturesque setting somewhere in Graham County around 1890. Just a few years ago, cowboys could be seen wandering the streets of Arizona on a regular basis in their boots, cowboy hats, chaps and six-shooters strapped to their ...

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Charleston: Tougher than Tombstone≠ (access required)

J.W. Swart’s Saloon in Charleston “If a corpse had a gun on him and the fatal shot came from the front, you didn’t look for the killer.” Such was one resident’s memory of Charleston. Now only a pile of adobe ...

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Consolidated National Bank (access required)

Consolidated National Bank building, Tucson, 1929. “Ripping off the roof early this morning, workmen commenced demolition of the former home of the Consolidated National Bank,” penned the Arizona Daily Star in November 1928. “The work is preparatory to laying the ...

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Museum of Northern Arizona turns 80 (access required)

A Hopi demonstrator at the Hopi Craftsman Exhibition, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff. Flagstaff’s internationally recognized Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) has the phenomenal distinction of reaching its 80th birthday — quite an accomplishment for a private museum in a ...

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The ‘Mother of Arizona’ (access required)

Gov. George W. P. Hunt called Josephine Brawley Hughes the “Mother of Arizona.” Gov. George W. P. Hunt called Josephine Brawley Hughes “the Mother of Arizona.” She fought for women’s suffrage and prohibition of drinking and gambling. She even fought ...

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Arizona’s Liberty Bell (access required)

The Arizona Liberty Bell in front of the state Capitol prior to remounting. After three years of renovation, the Arizona Liberty Bell is home in the state Capitol courtyard between the Senate and House of Representatives, suspended from a new ...

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The ‘ugliest man in Arizona’ (access required)

John C. Phillips John C. Phillips was elected governor of Arizona on the coattails of the presidential election landslide of Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the ninth governor, but only the second Republican elected to the post in the ...

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Coconino County’s hidden treasure (access required)

Fort Valley Cultural Park’s historic Art Barn “Tear down the horse stalls. Sell the manure. Clean out the junk—50 years of it,” wrote Paul Luellig in the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper of July 8, 1966, referring to the refurbishing of ...

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