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Author Archives: Arizona Capitol Times Staff

Central Avenue, Phoenix c. 1928

By the 1920s, Murphy's ash trees formed an archway over Central Avenue.

The photograph of Central Avenue in the 1920s shows the famous ash trees planted by pioneer William J. Murphy. Thye secord photograph is a 1903 view of the home he built on Central Avenue in the Orangewood subdivision, far north ...

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Covered with Glory

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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 ...

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A Prohibition Loophole

Harry Wheeler

Arizona became a dry state on January 1, 1915, five years before Prohibition became part of the U.S. Constitution. Arizona’s law was put on the ballot by a voter initiative that said in part that spirituous liquors could not be ...

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The Shrine at the Casa

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Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico, of the Americas and of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. The mosaic being dedicated was erected by the Franciscan Renewal Center (the Casa de Paz y Bien) in 1954 on ...

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The Road Once Traveled (access required)

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For those who think that the most treacherous way of getting from Arizona to California is in a Ford Explorer equipped with Firestone tires, this picture of the Plank Road built in 1915 is a reminder that there might be ...

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Bisbee’s Post Office

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The Bisbee Post office has been a meeting place on Main Street for more than 100 years. Through remodeling, demolition, reconstruction and floods, it has served as a de facto town square. It first was located in a two-story library ...

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