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Who needs good roads? (access required)

In the 21st century, it does not seem unusual that there is an independent state transportation board that is responsible for establishing, scheduling and maintaining a complete system of highways throughout the state of Arizona. However, in 1920, there was ...

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For Sale — This Place — And Cow (access required)

This 1937 photo, snapped during the Great Depression, shows how the dire economic conditions of the time forced people to sell whatever they could to get by. When the Great Depression rolled across Arizona during the 1930s, it did not ...

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Intractable Mayor Hoff (access required)

One-term Tucson Mayor Hoff’s residence in 1937. For reasons known only to the photographer, the rear of the Hoff House was chosen as the subject of this 1937 photograph. Located on West Franklin Avenue in Tucson, the house serves as ...

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Fairbank Commercial Company (access required)

Fairbank Commercial Company, 1937. The Fairbank Commercial Company was a 19th century emporium that thrived as long as the town thrived. When Fairbank’s palmy days were over, the store enjoyed a second life — as evidenced by this 1937 photo ...

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Tombstone: The Grand Canyon of the South (access required)

Looking down Tombstone’s Freemont Street in 1937. These long vacant and much neglected relics of the 1880s tell a story of lost affluence and abandonment. This is Tombstone’s Freemont Street photographed in 1937, when Arizona was held in the grip ...

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The First Maricopa County Courthouse (access required)

Statehood Day festivities in front of the first Maricopa County courthouse on Feb. 14, 1912. The first Maricopa County courthouse was the tallest building in Phoenix when it was completed in 1884. At that time, it was only the fourth ...

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Paradise (access required)

In about six years’ time, the population of Paradise swelled when gold was struck, and shrank back down when it was gone, leaving little more than the ghost town pictured here. In 1940, the year this photograph was taken, an ...

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The Hangman’s Warehouse (access required)

Once known as “The Hangman’s Warehouse,” the only remnant of this inconspicuous stone building’s dubious past is a curiously out-of-place trap door. In 1942, when more men smoked than not, cigarettes were often a soldiers’ most coveted possession. Consequently, it ...

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Half Town, Half Village (access required)

Flocks of Angora goats grazed for free on public domain land, helping to make goat and sheep raising a profitable enterprise in the early 1900s. Prior to statehood, sheep herding was a vital part of the early Arizona economy. In ...

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McKinley and Congress (access required)

President William McKinley at Congress in 1901. At first glance, the portly gentleman with hands clasped behind his back might be taken for an aging schoolmaster scolding errant children at recess. But he was not an educator and the youngsters ...

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