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No Ordinary Street (access required)

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This is Tombstone’s Allen Street, looking west from Fifth Street in about 1880. The building in the foreground at right would soon be rechristened the Crystal Palace Saloon, and would become one of the best known drinking and gambling establishments in the Southwest.

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Hello Tombstone, Hello Bisbee (access required)

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On July 19, 1902, Tombstone and Bisbee were finally linked by telephone. The mayors of the two towns, like all good politicians, were there for the ceremony. Abraham Hyman Emanuel, mayor of Tombstone talked with Mayor Josiah Muirhead of Bisbee and at 8 p.m. that evening in the first long distance call between the two communities.

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Keams Canyon (access required)

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Indian Agent Leo Crane took this photograph of the Hopi Agency in Keams Canyon in 1919. The agency was built on a site 13 miles east of First Mesa, in a narrow canyon on a spring-fed stream. The canyon was named after Thomas Varker Keams, who settled there in 1876.

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Dr. J.C. Handy: Jekyll And Hyde (access required)

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This photograph, more than 120 years old, is a testament to someone’s eye for composition. It’s a little work of art, really, because it implies the truth about this doctor, a Tucson icon in his day. In public life, symbolized by the light, airy buggy he used on his Samaritan rounds, he was admired, even revered. But he had another side, as dark as the shadow he stands in, and finally it killed him.

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McFarland’s contributions described as unprecedented

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Ernest William McFarland (1894-1984), known throughout his career as “Mac,” served as a U.S. senator, governor of Arizona, and ultimately chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, but millennials, baby boomers, and even many seniors have difficulty recalling his name or his numerous accomplishments. His life story should inspire Arizonans. His career in politics, law, as a television executive, and agribusiness titan remain unparalleled.

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