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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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Consolidated National Bank (access required)

“Ripping off the roof early this morning, workmen commenced demolition of the former home of the Consolidated National Bank,” penned the Arizona Daily Star in November 1928. “The work is preparatory to laying the foundations for the new 10-story skyscraper…to ...

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Colonel Edwin N. Hardy (access required)

Col. Edwin N. Hardy at Fort Huachuca’s parade ground with his beloved dog Skipper at his side. If Army regulations governed where dogs could and could not go on a military reservation, little heed was given them by Col. Edwin ...

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Fort Defiance (access required)

Fort Defiance at the turn of the century. Situated in Bonito Canyon at the junction of Bonito and Black creeks, Fort Defiance — pictured here at the turn of the century — was established in 1851, in what then was ...

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Sometimes it’s better to be lucky… (access required)

Attorney Francis J. Heney Born in Lima, New York, in 1859, Francis J. Heney grew up in San Francisco where his family relocated in 1863. He worked in his father’s furniture and carpet store while attending high school at night ...

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