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Hoover Dam Construction

Hoover Dam is pictured here in 1935, close to when the structure was complete.

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

Buck Lowery’s filling station at Marble Canyon is pictured here in 1930.

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

A holiday advertisement in the Bisbee Daily Review from Dec, 19, 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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Monroe St., Downtown Phoenix

South side of Monroe Street, between Third and Fourth streets, in the early 1950s.

To many newcomers, it must seem as though the Phoenix Convention Center has been on Monroe Street forever, when actually it is an artifact of recent times, a modern monument to downtown Phoenix renewal.

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The Sanitary Milk Crusade

Milk delivery in the Johnson Addition, a Bisbee suburb, about 1905.

“Local Milk Fails the Standards” announced the headline of the Bisbee Daily Review on June 18, 1914. The following day more alarming news greeted residents as they read “Conditions of Milk Bad in District.”

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The McClarty House

The McClarty home on Central Avenue.

This Queen Anne-style home, large, but not a mansion, was typical of the residential housing that once lined downtown Phoenix, but was razed in the 1960s and 1970s, when the central city seemed to be suited for nothing better than parking.

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Multi-national Miners

Slovenian tug-of-war team in Bisbee about 1903. The men are, top row, Lee Jovanich, at left, and Lee Sugich, at right. Seated are team captain L. Micovich (in the suit) and John Radovich, on his left. Other members of the team who are not identified are M. Medigovich, L. Vasiljevich and M. Vasiljevich.

Arizona’s mining camps were full of immigrants. The 1882 Great Register of Cochise County listed residents born in Algiers, Argentina, Australia, Azores, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Finland French Guinea, Greece, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia and Spain. There was even one resident born at sea.

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Bisbee’s Post Office

The Post Office on Bisbee’s Main Street.

The Bisbee Post Office has been a meeting place on Main Street for more than 100 years. Through remodeling, demolition, reconstruction and floods, it has served as a de facto town square.

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Finding Mormon Lake

The post office and gas station at Mormon Lake, south of Flagstaff, is pictured in the 1940s.

This is the post office and gas station at the little community of Mormon Lake, south of Flagstaff. Behind the building you can see what should be the lake. At the time of this photo in the 1940s, the lake apparently was dry – a condition that would come and go depending on weather. At various times, the lake bed was full of native grasses and was prime rangeland; at other times it was planted with hay. When the lake was full, it was the largest natural body of water in the area and a prime spot for fishing and boating.

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