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The Y Digs a Pool (access required)

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The Bisbee Review called the Bisbee YMCA “worthy of a metropolitan YMCA for proper care of the physical well being.” Club Secretary Richardson was especially proud of the bowling facilities, “…four ‘Daylight’ alleys patterned after regulation type and offering finest tournament equipment.

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Irrigators Take the Title (access required)

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Harry Westfall batted .493 that year. Affectionately known as ”Fat” for his hefty physique, he was an outstanding catcher who reputedly could throw a ball to second base on a line that never rose more than three feet off the ground—out of a crouch from home plate. Ray Stone went 8-2 in the regular season that year and pitched in both playoff games.

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Fairbank (access required)

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Fairbank came into existence in 1882, when tracks were laid for the New Mexico and Arizona Railroad, a short line that ran from Benson to Nogales.

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Prohibition—Cochise County Style (access required)

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When Cochise County Sheriff Harry Wheeler set about destroying illegal whiskey, he nearly stopped a trial in this building. He was working outside the Cochise County Courthouse in Tombstone, shown here in a photograph taken by C.S. Fly about 1890.

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Dedication of St. Mary’s (access required)

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Bishop Granjon of Tucson and most of his clergy plus a crowd of parishioners and politicians are gathered on the balcony under gray skies, probably following the dedication of St. Mary’s Church.

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The Constitutional Convention (access required)

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In the second row near the center is the unmistakable hulk and balding pate of George W.P. Hunt, the convention president and the man who would become the state’s first and longest-serving governor. Directly behind Hunt in bow tie and fedora is Morris Goldwater. In the back row second from left is future Governor Sidney P. Osborn.

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Trinidad Swilling (access required)

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Trinidad Escalantes Swilling Shumaker was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, of Spanish parents. Her father, a sea captain from Cadiz named Ignatius Escalantes, and his wife, Petra Mejia, were shipwrecked off the west coast of Mexico. They made their way to Hermosillo, where Trinidad was born in 1847. Ignatius died while Trinidad was a child, and eventually she and her mother joined a wagon train headed for a new life in Tucson.

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Pipe Springs (access required)

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The springs were in a remote area located north of the Grand Canyon on the Kaibab Plateau. Today that northwest corner of the state is known as the Arizona Strip and is accessible by paved road only through Utah.

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