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Arizona’s Own Gore vs. Bush

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Arizona centenarians and historians have no doubt been experiencing the strange feeling of déjà vu as they watched the 2000 presidential election unfold. The 1916 Arizona gubernatorial election, between incumbent Governor George W.P. Hunt and Republican challenger Thomas Campbell, was ...

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A Celebrity Visits Comstock

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In the early 1940s, Gene Autry visited Tucson and entertained sick children at the Comstock Children’s Hospital. He is shown here with one of the patients. Comstock has been a part of the Tucson community since 1907, when the city ...

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Up In Smoke

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Anti-smoking campaigns are all the rage today, but they are as old as cigarettes – as this 1912 cartoon from the Bisbee Review reveals. In turn-of-the-century Bisbee, tobacco advertisements beckoned from newspapers, magazines, posters and billboards. Although targeted to adult ...

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General Crook and Troops

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Gen. George Crook’s military career was closely linked with the settlement of the West and the forced relocation of the Indian tribes. As a young officer in Oregon and California, he saw the tribes betrayed when the U.S. Senate rejected ...

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Bombs and Baseball (access required)

3-9-times-past

Bomb-making was one of two unusual businesses developed in downtown Bisbee in 2015. The other was the installation of a mechanical pitching machine at the Reception Bar, which substituted sports for whiskey when Prohibition threatened its business. The Bisbee Review ...

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Harvest in Flagstaff

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Farmers are harvesting pinto beans in this early 1930s photograph taken east of Flagstaff. The dried plants are being unloaded from the horse-drawn wagon at right and fed into the Case threshing machine to separate the stalks from the beans. ...

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Courtland Land Rush (access required)

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Courtland Young, an Iowa-born prospector, discovered copper ore deposits east of Tombstone in 1907, and quietly began raising capital for mining development. He named the town site Courtland, and within two years it was booming and a land rush had ...

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An Arizona First

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Sarah Herring Sorin claims the distinction as Arizona’s first female lawyer. She was born on January 15, 1861, in New York City, the first of Col. William and Mary Herring’s five children. Herring’s title of colonel appears to be an ...

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Ida Jane’s Goat Cart (access required)

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At the turn of the last century, goat carts were all the rage among Phoenix’s youngsters, who used them to race up and down the town’s dirt roads. Ida Jane McClarty’s father made one for her seventh birthday, and she ...

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