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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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A 1940s Nogales Shopping Trip

The Barrios family and friends visiting Nogales in 1948.

Nogales, Sonora, a traditional tourist attraction that draws streams of visitors from Arizona, is a city of some half a million, but was only about one sixth that size when these Phoenicians posed in front of one of its shops in 1948.

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A Brief History of the Historian


Don’t let this picture of Sharlot Hall fool you. She may look gentle enough, but in 1926, around the time this picture wa s taken, she got the only slaughtering license ever issued to a woman and was quite proud of it. Her acclaim does not stem from this dubious distinction however, but rather from her work as a writer and a historian.

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Phoenix Pioneers: The McClartys

The McClarty family is pictured in 1917.

Ida McClarty sits behind the wheel of a right-hand steering Buick with her dog and her father, George William McClarty, in this 1917 photograph, taken about the time of her graduation from Phoenix Union High School.

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Strike up the band

The Bisbee Boys Band at the YMCA in 1914.

When the Bisbee Boys Band was organized at the YMCA in 1914, the members had few instruments, no sheet music and little musical training. Their first task was to raise money to buy themselves instruments and music books. The band members all were older than 12 (and many closer in age to 18).

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The Making of Sharlot Hall

Sharlot Hall and her father, Jim Hall, at the Grand Canyon around 1913. It is not clear whether Mr. Hall had any tobacco in his cheek at the time of this photograph, but it’s a safe bet he had some in his possession.

Sharlot Hall may not have regarded herself as a feminist, but she had a remarkable ability to think for herself and the bravery to eschew the traditional roles of wife and mother at a time when most of society viewed those roles as practically definitive of womanhood.

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The Desert Laboratory

The staff of the Desert Laboratory in Tucson, gathered in 1906. (Left to right, back) Mr. Rider, Godfrey G. Sykes, Burton Livingston ,a founder of the Ecological Society of America, Mr. Lloyd, and two unidentified gentlemen. Front: Mrs. Godfrey G. Sykes, Mr. Davenport, Robert Simpson Woodward, president of the Carnegie Institution; Dr. Daniel T. MacDougal, director of the laboratory, Mr. Shull and Grace Livingston.

These scientists are gathered at the Desert Laboratory for a photograph on the occasion of a visit from Robert Simpson Woodward of the Carnegie Institution. The year is 1906.

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Phoenix’s First Light Rail System

Phoenix streetcar 100 with dignitaries, circa 1929.

Just about every city of any size in the early days had a streetcar or trolley line. In Phoenix, there was the Phoenix Street Railway System, which operated from 1887 to 1948. It was owned and operated by the great promoter and subdivision mogul, Moses H. Sherman, until 1925, when the city of Phoenix took over operations.

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Bisbee Pioneers at the Norton House

A group of Bisbee residents gathers in front of the Norton House for a commemorative photograph in 1906.

On May 21, 1906, this group of Bisbee residents gathered in front of the Norton House hotel on Main Street for a commemorative photograph. With the exception of the children, all the residents had arrived in Bisbee in the 1800s, and were friends and acquaintances of E.G. Norton, who owned the Norton House and was leaving Bisbee to retire in Maine.

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