Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Home / Times Past /

Times Past

Central Avenue, Phoenix c. 1928

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 ...

Read More »

Sirens, Courtesans & Ladies of Ill-Repute

Frontier Tucson had a red-light district like most Western towns. In the late 1870s and ‘80s, prostitutes operated along Maiden Lane in the Wedge between Church and Main. (The Wedge was later demolished to allow for the widening of Congress ...

Read More »

The Shrine at the Casa

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 ...

Read More »

Arizona Adopts a Flag

In 1921, the Tempe Normal School Cadet Company posed under the U.S. and Arizona flags with the silver cup they won in the State Cadet Rifle Match at Tucson. The young men were officially the First Regiment of Arizona, and ...

Read More »

The Road Once Traveled (access required)

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 ...

Read More »

Nogales Shopping Trip

Nogales, Sonora, a traditional tourist attraction that draws streams of visitors from Arizona, is a city of some half a million, but was only about one-sixth that size when these Phoenicians posed in front of one of its shops in ...

Read More »

The Sanitary Milk Crusade

“Local Milk Fails the Standards” announced the headline of the Bisbee Daily Review on June 18, 1914. The following day more alarming news greeted citizens as they read: “Conditions of Milk Bad in District.” The headlines announced the results of ...

Read More »

Just call him Mac

PHOTO COURTESY THE MACFARLAND FAMILY

According to Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble, “If Arizona had a Mount Rushmore, the men on it would be Carl Hayden, Ernest McFarland, Barry Goldwater and John McCain. “ The unprecedented career of Ernest W. McFarland (1894-1984)—U.S. Senator, Senate Majority ...

Read More »

The Battle of the Bicycles

America’s love affair with the bicycle began in the 1890s, and Tucson was not immune to its charms. Here Charles Frederick Miller, a member of the Tucson Ramblers cycling club, stands beside his racing bike. Spandex had not yet been ...

Read More »