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Picturing the Grand Canyon

Jack Hiller photograph looking from atop the 3,000 foot-high cliffs of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Note: There is a man sitting on the edge of the cliff on the upper left hand side of the picture. In ...

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Doomed footsteps: Lewis Wolfley

Governor Lewis Wolfley had the distinction of being the first resident of the Arizona Territory to become territorial governor. He also, probably, had the most unusual death associated with a former Arizona governor. Lewis Wolfley was born in Philadelphia on ...

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The civilized Johnson mining camp

Johnson Camp in the Dragoon Mountains, circa 1915. Among the myriad mining towns which dotted Arizona’s territorial map, Johnson is one of the least written about. The reason is simple: its history does not fit neatly among the stereotypical hell ...

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The Eight-Hour Day

Contingent of Arizona Rangers that eventually restored order at Clifton-Morenci. The Arizona Territorial 22nd Legislative Assembly passed an eight-hour law in 1903. The law required underground miners to work no more than eight hours a day. The miners had been ...

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Chloride, the ‘nation’s most important city’

Predictions that Chloride would rival New York as the nation’s most important city were made with unblushing faces by enthusiastic boosters in 1899. That year, the Arizona-Utah Railroad completed a spur line that connected with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa ...

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Judge Joseph Kibbey

Judge Joseph Kibbey in 1900. As Judge Joseph Kibbey lie in state on the Great Seal of Arizona under the Capitol Rotunda, he was eulogized by Judge Richard Sloan “…as the builder of states.” Sloan stated that Kibbey had three ...

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The Arizona Rangers

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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