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The McNary Railroad

The McNary Railroad

This is steam locomotive No. 36 on the old McNary Railroad in the White Mountains. At the time of this photograph, the railroad had been converted to a scenic line that carried passengers from McNary to the logging town of Maverick, south of Baldy Peak, during the summer season. As many as 200,000 passengers made the trip during the years it was running.

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Page, Arizona

Page, Arizona

In contrast to the typical image of a little red schoolhouse, this one-room school in Page, Arizona, in 1957 was a war surplus troop carrier. (The troop carriers were called “cattle cars” and were pulled by trailer trucks during World War II.) The older woman standing in the doorway is Mary Howe.

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Phoenix’s Plaza Bandstand

Phoenix’s Plaza Bandstand

This is a 1901 photograph of the bandstand sat City Hall Plaza, located on the block between Washington and Jefferson streets and Montezuma (First Street) and Maricopa (Second Street). The men in the photo are not identified, but written on the back of the photo is the name of J.C. Dodds. The 1903 City Directory lists Dodds as a driver for Ezra W. Thayer. That is Thayer’s hardware store across the street on Washington, and we guess Dodds is one of the men in the photograph.

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Three-Fingered Jack

Three-Fingered Jack

This is Jack Laustenneau, presumably photographed in 1903 when he became the 2,029th prisoner to pass through the sally port of the Territorial Prison at Yuma.

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Amelia Earhart Touches Down in Arizona

Amelia Earhart Touches Down in Arizona

Famous woman aviator Amelia Earhart stands with a couple of spectators near her biplane – a French Avro-Avian – while the craft sits on a crude runway in the farming community of McNeal in the Sulfur Springs Valley just north of Douglas.

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Hoover Dam Construction

Hoover Dam Construction

This photograph of Hoover Dam was probably taken about 1935 when construction of the dam was almost complete. It took five years – from 1931 to 1936 – to build what was then the largest concrete dam in the world. It was built in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, in northwestern Arizona on the border with Nevada.

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Shootout at Marble Canyon

Shootout at Marble Canyon

Buck Lowery, owner of the pictured filling station at Marble Canyon, befriended Carl and Albert White in 1930. Lowery fed the runaway Utah brothers, aged 12 and 14 respectively, a free meal and arranged homebound transportation for them, thinking no more about the episode.

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Christmas in Bisbee, 1909

Christmas in Bisbee, 1909

This is an advertising page from the Bisbee Daily Review of Dec. 19, 1909. Led by the Fair Store and Copper Queen Mercantile, the December editions of the Review carried more and bigger Christmas ads than in previous years and were festooned with Christmas graphics – Santa Clauses, wreaths, Christmas trees and toys.

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