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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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Early history of ‘The Arizona Republican’ (access required)

The Arizona Republican writers and staff pose in the basement of the Heard Building on Central Avenue in 1920. By 1920, Phoenix had grown to more than 29,000 citizens. Urban sprawl was beginning. Visionary entrepreneurs thought it was time to ...

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The Great Floods of 1890-91 (access required)

The remnants of the railroad bridge destroyed during the 1890 flood that spanned the Salt River and led into Tempe. Back-to-back floods in 1890 and 1891 were ultimately responsible for the construction of the Roosevelt Dam. In 1890, the flood ...

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Arizona’s Swastika Bridge (access required)

A train drops visitors off near the newly constructed Laguna Diversion Dam. During World War II, Adolph Hitler twisted the swastika, once a symbol of the power of nature, to symbolize horror for millions of people. So it may surprise ...

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The Sad Fate of San Agustin (access required)

The second San Agustin Cathedral in the late 1890s. When Father Donato Rogieri came to what was then New Mexico Territory in 1862, to shepherd the souls of largely Mexican-Catholic Tucson, he found a church in ruin on the west ...

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