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Luisa Ronstadt Espinel (access required)

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This is Tucson pop star Linda Ronstadt’s great aunt in a publicity photo taken in the 1920s. Her stage name was Luisa Espinel. She was a national entertainer—a contralto who performed opera, sang Spanish folk songs and acted in movies.

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Teenage Mercenary (access required)

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Lawrence Brown was an American teenager who briefly flew bombing and scouting missions for the Carranza government under General Elias Calles during the Mexican Revolution. He enlisted in May 1915 and drew his last pay on October 22, 1915.

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Pearce Mining Metropolis (access required)

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This board and batten shack at the mining camp of Pearce in southeastern Arizona was photographed sometime after 1894, the year of a gold and silver strike there. The shack appears to have been built in two pieces – an addition is tacked on to the side of the main room with a one-by-four. The incongruous address above the doorway suggests that the shack was hauled from another location – perhaps Tombstone. The seated man is identified as Monte Montgomery.

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No Ordinary Street (access required)

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This is Tombstone’s Allen Street, looking west from Fifth Street in about 1880. The building in the foreground at right would soon be rechristened the Crystal Palace Saloon, and would become one of the best known drinking and gambling establishments in the Southwest.

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