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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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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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