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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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Shivaree (access required)

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This illustration of Miss Beautiful in June appeared in a 1912 bridal advertisement for the Phelps Dodge Store in Bisbee. The ad featured such fine merchandise as onyx silk boot hose, long and short silk gloves, parasols, white and beaded bags and lingerie dresses of sheer fabrics “beautifully finished.’’

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Emory meets the Pimas: All ‘honesty and virtue’ (access required)

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This excellent sketch of the Gila River Valley was rendered by Lieutenant (later General) William H. Emory of the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, as he accompanied General Stephen Watts Kearny’s Army of the West and guide Kit Carson on the 1846 trek across the Southwest en route to California. His journal of that expedition later appeared in book form as “Notes of a Military Reconnaissance.”

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Flood at the Turf (access required)

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An unidentified bartender struggles with the door on the Turf Saloon in this 1908 Bisbee photograph. A flood sent the torrent of water from the back alley through the building and out the front door onto Main Street. Photographer M.W. Low recorded the action during the storm that caused more than $25,000 in damage to Main Street businesses. Although flooded, the Turf sustained only minor damage and remained open throughout the deluge.

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