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Normal Headquarters (access required)

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During World War I, there would have been no young men in this photo—most had been sent overseas. But by 1920, the boys were back, the economy was beginning to boom, dating was in style again and the Confection Den was one of the places to go.

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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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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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Grieving for Greer Lodge (access required)

Greer is nestled in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona and is known for its untouched beauty and abundant wildlife. SR373, Arizona’s “Road to Nowhere,” terminates there, depositing travelers onto the town’s main street, which is lined with lodges, cabins, restaurants, a library, two fire stations, and sadly, since May 10, the smoldering remains of the Greer Lodge.

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