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First Arizona execution by gas chamber (access required)

In the October election of 1933, the electorate changed the method of execution in Arizona from hanging to the gas chamber. One reporter said watching the use of gas “…appeared more humane than the clanging of the gallows trap that ...

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The Arizona Capitol (access required)

Feb. 25, 1901, was described as “a model Arizona day, a summer day in winter, one of those glorious days that Eastern people read about but never witness.” It was also the day the new Arizona Capitol building was dedicated ...

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Geronimo’s Autobiography (access required)

“Because he has given me permission to tell my story; because he has read that story and knows I try to speak the truth… I dedicate this story of my life to Theodore Roosevelt, president of the United States.”~ – Geronimo, ...

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With all the bells and whistles (access required)

A sketch from longtime Washington political cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman Bisbee miners blew up a stack of 48 sticks of dynamite. When Phoenix tried the same thing, it rattled the windows and scared the horses so badly they had to ...

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The (somewhat) true story of Corydon Cooley (access required)

Corydon Eliphalet Cooley on his porch circa 1900. Six generations of Cooleys grew up in Arizona, but one side of their family goes back much further. In 1871, the clan’s jolly patriarch Corydon Eliphalet Cooley married the daughter of Pedro, ...

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Short Creek (access required)

In July 1953, Gov. Howard Pyle issued an insurrection proclamation against Short Creek, Ariz. This proclamation allowed $50,000 in emergency funds under the discretion of the governor to be used to fund a multi-agency raid later in the month. Rep. ...

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Guarding the Castle (access required)

Montezuma Castle near Camp Verde is an enigma. The great Aztec chief Montezuma would never have seen the structure on the cliff walls. It certainly is not a castle, but merely secure living quarters for a long-gone people. Finally, it ...

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The legislative life (access required)

Whiskey Row, Prescott, 1877. The early years of the Arizona Territorial Legislature were an interesting affair. The Legislature met in Prescott during the early months of the new year when winter still gripped northern Arizona.Due to flooding on the Gila ...

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