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Louis and Alice Rideau (access required)


Meet Louis and Alice Thornton Rideau, French-African Americans from Louisiana and early-day residents of Phoenix whose large, extended family still lives in the Valley. The popular Town Talk Bar B Q was founded by their son, Burleigh Rideau, in 1948. ...

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Arizona’s Own Gore vs. Bush


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


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


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


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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