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AG rules Bisbee bag ban illegal (access required)

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The finding is the latest loss for Bisbee, which prohibited local retailers from providing single-use plastic bags to customers in 2014. State lawmakers then banned such local ordinances the following year, and now the attorney general has weighed in following a complaint from Sen. Warren Petersen, a Gilbert Republican.

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Prohibition—Cochise County Style (access required)

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When Cochise County Sheriff Harry Wheeler set about destroying illegal whiskey, he nearly stopped a trial in this building. He was working outside the Cochise County Courthouse in Tombstone, shown here in a photograph taken by C.S. Fly about 1890.

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The Blizzard of 1916 (access required)

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This is Main Street in Bisbee on January 21, 1916, the day after the biggest snowfall in city history. The storm began on January 19 with heavy winds that tore off roofs in the Warren District. The wind abated, the sky cleared briefly—then it began to rain. The streets soon ran like rivers. The sky cleared again in the afternoon, but by 5 p.m. snow began to fall, increasing throughout the night until by morning all of southern Arizona from Benson to the Mexican border was blanketed.

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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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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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