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Two Tucson Meteorites

10-20-times-past

The two meteor fragments were used as blacksmith’s anvils in the Tucson Presidio in the 1700s and were highly valued. Early Tucson visitors invariably commented on them as curiosities. All early reports say that the meteorites were found in the ...

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Marcos de Niza Memorial (access required)

10-13-times-past

Fray Marcos de Niza’s explorations led directly to the expedition of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, who laid claim to the entire Southwest in the name of the Spanish crown and who was the forerunner of European settlement of Arizona. Spain ...

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The Humor of Mescal (access required)

9-22-times-past-web

Frank Alley had worked for newspapers in Globe, Phoenix, and Tombstone before coming to Bisbee. When he reported on mining news, his prose style was rational, straightforward and dry. But when he wrote under his pen name, Mescal, he was ...

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The First Gray Ladies

9-1-times-past-web

The Tucson chapter of the Red Cross was founded in 1916, just four years after Arizona became a state. At the time, a civil war was raging in Mexico and Pancho Villa was conducting raids along the U.S. border. The ...

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Father Owen da Silva

8-18-times-past-620

Father Owen was born Bill Silva on August 6. 1906, in Santa Barbara, California, near the old Franciscan Mission there. His Portuguese father and Irish mother were devout Catholics, and Owen was determined on the priesthood from childhood. After his ...

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Death on Sacramento Hill

8-11-times-past

A Bucyrus steam shovel, a modern piece of equipment, symbolized a new style of mining in the copper camp – Phelps Dodge had just begun open-cut mining operations on Sacramento Hill. The decision to dig the ground out instead of ...

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A Man of Strong Opinions

This is businessman and pioneer Tucson Mayor Charles Moses Strauss in a photograph taken in 1883.

Charles Moses Strauss was born in New York City on April 15, 1840, was educated in Boston in both public and Hebrew schools and lived in Ohio, Massachusetts and Tennessee before moving west in hopes of curing his tuberculosis. While ...

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Lawman and Thief

7-14 times-past-web

This big and burley fellow with the hard eyes is Burt Alvord, a well-liked lawman, who midway through his career, decided better money could be made by holding up trains. Not much is known about Burt Alvord’s origins. His parents ...

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