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Yuma Territorial Prison

Yuma Territorial Prison yard One of the storied institutions of the West is the Yuma Territorial Prison, seen here in a photograph thought to be taken during the latter days of the 19th century. Built by inmate labor, the prison ...

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Sierra Vista

In 1877, Fort Huachuca was established at the cradle of the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona Territory. Its mission was to protect settlers from Apache attacks and secure the United States border with Mexico. However, its rugged isolation did not ...

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Benson City Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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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