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Phoenix YMCA (access required)

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The YMCA was founded in Phoenix in 1892. Its mission was to provide a safe haven for the many young men drawn to the frontier. At the time Phoenix was wide open for gambling, drinking and other such pursuits. The Y was part of a growing evangelical Christian movement intended to save the souls of young men cut loose from home and family. It was different from other religious organizations in that it also provided body building and exercise programs and in later years housing for its patrons. Early Y meetings were held in a tent and probably resembled a prayer meeting as much as anything.

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Caretto Brothers’ Saloon (access required)

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Violence was common in Bisbee during the mining boom years of the early 20th century, and the Caretto brothers’ saloon was no exception. In fact, the brothers had more than their share of trouble, with robberies, knife fights and gunplay all too common.

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Jessie Bevan: Bisbee Pioneer (access required)

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Jessie Bevan of Bisbee was a pioneer woman in every sense of the word. She was a schoolteacher before the turn of the century, a mother who suffered the death of her young children, a businesswoman who ran a boarding house and a politician who beat the Cochise County Democratic machine to get elected.

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The Hanging of Dennis Dilda (access required)

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In the 1880s, Dennis Dilda had left behind a string of murders in Texas and New Mexico by the time he arrived in Prescott in the fall of 1885. But in the frontier, little was asked of a man’s background, especially one with a wife and children. Dilda soon got a job running the ranch of W.H. Williscraft about 40 miles outside of town.

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The Muheim Block (access required)

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This is the Muheim Block, also known as the Brewery, shortly after its construction in Bisbee in 1905. (In the early days, single buildings of any size and scale were always referred to as blocks.) Joseph Muheim, a Swiss immigrant, saloon owner, mine owner, businessman and banker, constructed the building to replace the original brewery torn down that year.

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Brewery Gulch’s Wrestling Bear

Brewery Gulch’s Wrestling Bear

In southeastern Arizona in the 1890s a rancher named James Parker caught a bear cub and took it home to raise as a pet. It didn’t work out too well. Parker’s daughter Elizabeth, later Elizabeth Brown, said that as the bear grew it became too troublesome to keep at the ranch and finally her father took the animal, now half-grown, to Bisbee. He gave it to saloon keeper Joseph Muheim.

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