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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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Dedication of St. Mary’s (access required)

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Bishop Granjon of Tucson and most of his clergy plus a crowd of parishioners and politicians are gathered on the balcony under gray skies, probably following the dedication of St. Mary’s Church.

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The Constitutional Convention (access required)

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In the second row near the center is the unmistakable hulk and balding pate of George W.P. Hunt, the convention president and the man who would become the state’s first and longest-serving governor. Directly behind Hunt in bow tie and fedora is Morris Goldwater. In the back row second from left is future Governor Sidney P. Osborn.

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Trinidad Swilling (access required)

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Trinidad Escalantes Swilling Shumaker was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, of Spanish parents. Her father, a sea captain from Cadiz named Ignatius Escalantes, and his wife, Petra Mejia, were shipwrecked off the west coast of Mexico. They made their way to Hermosillo, where Trinidad was born in 1847. Ignatius died while Trinidad was a child, and eventually she and her mother joined a wagon train headed for a new life in Tucson.

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Pipe Springs (access required)

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The springs were in a remote area located north of the Grand Canyon on the Kaibab Plateau. Today that northwest corner of the state is known as the Arizona Strip and is accessible by paved road only through Utah.

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Tobacco Patriots: Arizona in 1916 (access required)

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Cigarettes had been made by machine for 25 or 30 years by the time this ad ran, but loose tobacco like Bull Durham still had a solid following and its ads carried a tag line “Experienced Smokers Roll Their Own’”—together with instructions so you could join the rolling elite.

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The Blevins Killing (access required)

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He was born in Tennessee in 1852 and named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry who distinguished himself in the War of 1812. It is not known when or why Owens came West.

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Wyatt Earp (access required)

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Although millions of words have been written about Wyatt Earp, precious little is known about the man behind the myth. Tombstone aficionados will argue endlessly about which side of the law he was on. But few have paid attention to or written about his life after the gunfight that made him famous.

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