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JFK’s Arizona visits draw little attention (access required)

A young JFK and one-legged cowboy “Oklahoma” Pete Haverty enjoying a day on the ranch in Benson, Ariz. From Liz Taylor to Paul McCartney, celebrities seem to have a thing for Arizona. Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson hid out near Douglas, ...

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Clarkdale, Arizona (access required)

Clarkdale smelter, 1945. Copper mining on Mingus Mountain commenced in earnest in 1882, when Frederick A. Tritle — he was soon to be territorial governor of Arizona — purchased several claims for a syndicate headed by New York attorney Eugene ...

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An Arizona Buffalo Soldier (access required)

Buffalo Soldier Cpl. Edward Scott. Lt. Powhatan H. Clarke referred to the soldiers of the black 10th Cavalry Regiment under his command by racially derogatory names. However, at the same time he wrote, “No men could have been more determined ...

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Tucson (access required)

Tucson honor student and Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Ignacio Bonillas. Ignacio Bonillas was born in Mexico in 1858. Neither of his parents knew how to read, but when Ignacio was 12 his family moved to Tucson. His father ...

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Downtown Page in 1958 (access required)

Downtown Page, 1958. If a clever photo editor removed the 1955 Cadillac, the “Parking Area” sign, and the Firestone store’s prominent display of tubeless tires and shiny bicycles, the image could easily be mistaken for a late 19th century mining ...

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Picturing the Grand Canyon (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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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