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Central Avenue, Phoenix c. 1928

By the 1920s, Murphy's ash trees formed an archway over Central Avenue.

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 ...

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Covered with Glory

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When the Bisbee Boys Band was organized at the YMCA in 1914, the members had few instruments, no sheet music and little musical training. Their first task was to raise money to buy themselves instruments and music books. The band ...

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A Prohibition Loophole

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Arizona became a dry state on January 1, 1915, five years before Prohibition became part of the U.S. Constitution. Arizona’s law was put on the ballot by a voter initiative that said in part that spirituous liquors could not be ...

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The Shrine at the Casa

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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 ...

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Arizona Adopts a Flag

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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 ...

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The Road Once Traveled (access required)

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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 ...

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Bisbee’s Post Office

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The Bisbee Post office has been a meeting place on Main Street for more than 100 years. Through remodeling, demolition, reconstruction and floods, it has served as a de facto town square. It first was located in a two-story library ...

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Nogales Shopping Trip

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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 ...

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The Sanitary Milk Crusade

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“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 ...

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