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Triangle L Ranch (access required)

Triangle L Ranch, one of the first dude ranches in southern Arizona, began in the 1890s as a working cattle ranch frequented by Buffalo Bill. The 49-acre property near the Catalina Mountains is now operated by Sharon Holnback as a bed-and-breakfast, farmers' market, art gallery and concert venue, but once had its share of horse opera drama.

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A legendary craftsman (access required)

In 1919, El Tucsonense, Arizona's largest Spanish language newspaper, hailed Federico Ronstadt as "one of the most prominent figures in the higher commercial circles of Tucson." The writer did not exaggerate.

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The Southern Arizona Auto Company (access required)

The Stevens-Duryea Company produced cars in Chicopee Falls, Mass., between 1901 and 1915 and from 1919 to 1927. The company’s first foray into the car business began with the introduction of a two-cylinder, five-horsepower runabout that sold for $1,200. The firm produced 61 cars in 1902 and 483 in 1903.

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A Superior destination (access required)

While Lake Superior is far from Superior, Ariz., the miners who came to explore the mountains in what is now Pinal County honed their skills in the Great Lakes region before mines there played out and they heard of new opportunities in the West.

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San Antonio Ranch (access required)

One of Arizona's oldest and most enduring families, the Sosas trace their genesis to Jecori, a village on the banks of the Yaqui River between Cumpas and Oposura, Sonora. There, in 1746, Jose Maria Sosa was born.

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The Great Arizona Outback (access required)

The Great Arizona Outback, also known as McMullen Valley, is a little-known locale where the frontier never closed. Hope, Salome, Wenden and Vicksburg are a few of the necklace of towns strung out along a desolate stretch of Highway 60 west of Phoenix. The valley was named after James McMullen, who ran the stage between Congress and Ehrenberg. Wells Fargo took over later and made it part of their Butterfield Stage Line.

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Trading at Cameron (access required)

Constructed over the Little Colorado River in 1911, this uniquely designed sway-back suspension bridge offered ease of egress/ingress to the western lip of the vast Navajo Nation, 54 miles north of Flagstaff.

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A miner’s dream: Courtland (access required)

Shortly after the turn of the century, surface conditions indicating a mother lode of copper had people flocking to a site 20 miles east of Tombstone. However, like so many other wide-eyed miners and their families, the people would discover how quickly even the most metropolitan of Western towns rises and falls in the desert.

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