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Multi-national Miners

Slovenian tug-of-war team in Bisbee about 1903. The men are, top row, Lee Jovanich, at left, and Lee Sugich, at right. Seated are team captain L. Micovich (in the suit) and John Radovich, on his left. Other members of the team who are not identified are M. Medigovich, L. Vasiljevich and M. Vasiljevich.

Arizona’s mining camps were full of immigrants. The 1882 Great Register of Cochise County listed residents born in Algiers, Argentina, Australia, Azores, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Finland French Guinea, Greece, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia and Spain. There was even one resident born at sea.

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Phoenix’s First Light Rail System

Phoenix streetcar 100 with dignitaries, circa 1929.

Just about every city of any size in the early days had a streetcar or trolley line. In Phoenix, there was the Phoenix Street Railway System, which operated from 1887 to 1948. It was owned and operated by the great promoter and subdivision mogul, Moses H. Sherman, until 1925, when the city of Phoenix took over operations.

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Last of the Buffalo Soldiers (access required)

Photos Courtesy Fort Huachuca

Master Sergeant John P. Campbell, age 90, died at a nursing home Sept. 7, 1984, in Phoenix. Campbell was born Nov. 7, 1893, the youngest of 13 children in Evansville, Indiana. He finished high school joined the Army in 1911, and of his 35 years of service, 27 were spent at Fort Huachuca.

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