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Fort Grant

In 1885, when Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches were raiding in southern Arizona, the 10th Cavalry was transferred from Texas to Forts Grant, Thomas, Apache and Verde in the Arizona Territory. (The 10th was one of the cavalry regiments organized with black troops after the Civil War. Indians called the men Buffalo Soldiers after their short curly hair.) The men of the 10th sent to Fort Grant had been given one of the most desirable postings in the Arizona Territory.

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A Bisbee First: Birdman Fowler (access required)

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In November 1911, R.L. “Birdman” Fowler made a stop at the Bisbee Country Club on a cross-country air trip and became the first man to fly into the copper mining camp (Didier Masson, whose plane appears in this photo, was the first to fly out of Bisbee in February 1911, but his biplane was shipped into Bisbee by railroad.) Fowler had only been flying for three months, but already had broken records. On the Yuma to Maricopa leg of his trip, he flew continuously for four hours and 26 minutes, longer than any other aviator to that date.

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Transitioning Tucson (access required)

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Looking northeast toward the barely visible Santa Catalina Mountains is Tucson in the early 1880s. The photograph, probably taken from the lower steps of Sentinel Peak, shows an evolving Tucson.

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The Flying Schoolgirl (access required)

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Katherine Stinson was born Feb. 14, 1896, in Jackson, Miss. As a young woman, she hoped to become a piano teacher and planned to study music in Europe, but lacked the money for the trip. For some reason, she fixed on becoming a stunt pilot as a quick way to earn cash. However, to pay the $500 cost of flying lessons, her family had to sell the piano. That might have been a hardship for Stinson, except that it turned out she liked flying so much she abandoned her music career for aviation.

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Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House (access required)

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On May 21, 1906, this group of Bisbee residents gathered in front of the Norton House hotel on Main Street for a commemorative photograph. With the exception of the children, all the residents had arrived in Bisbee in the 1800s, and were friends and acquaintances of E.G. Norton, who owned the Norton House and was leaving Bisbee to retire in Maine.

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Annie Evalena Stakebake Seayrs Daniels (access required)

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Annie Evalena Stakebake Seayrs Daniels, a schoolteacher and Pima County superintendent of schools, was born in a log cabin on a farm near Windsor, Randolph County, Ind., on Oct. 3, 1869. Her parents were Henry Harrison and Louisa Cropper Stakebake.

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The Other Heroes of War (access required)

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The soldier heroes of war are immortalized in bronze and stone, shouldering weapons, riding great steeds and urging their forces toward battle. Yet courage in war is not limited to male combatants. Women and children also act in bold and noble ways in war.

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The Valenzuelas of Phoenix (access required)

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On Sept. 15, 1918, a young soldier, who expected momentarily to be sent overseas to fight the Germans, had himself photographed at Camp (now Fort) Dix, New Jersey, and sent the result on a postcard addressed to Rosa Gold of Phoenix.

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Pythian Castle, Bisbee (access required)

The Knights of Pythias was one of a number of fraternal organizations founded in 19th Century America. (Others were the Grange, the Knights of Columbus, Order of Hibernians, and the Order of Elks. The Freemasons and Odd Fellows, two of the best-known groups, were founded in England in the 18th Century.) The Pythians were founded in Washington D.C. in 1864 by Justice H. Rathbone and five clerks. By 1900, there were almost 1 million members.

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