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Traveling Photographers

Bisbee, 1885, looking south toward Sacramento Hill. At right are the Holbrook headframe (the covered building), the entrance to the Copper Queen mine and the smelter.

This photograph of Bisbee was taken by George Rothrock, one of many itinerant photographers who traveled the countryside in the 19th and early 20th century to record the lives of farmers, ranchers and settlers on the frontier. The photographers gave people the only chance they would have to secure a “likeness” and left a revealing record of life on the frontier.

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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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Promoting Tourist Travel in 1884 Northern Arizona

Road conditions on the Grand Canyon stage route from Flagstaff to Grandview Point in 1909.

The following article appeared in the Weekly Champion, a Flagstaff newspaper, on March 22, 1884. Today’s reader may enjoy the flowery writing style of the time; may be curious as to why the route would travel so far to the west unless it was to reach the waters of the Colorado River instead of viewing the Canyon from the rim?

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Bisbee’s Swimming Pools

Bathers lounge about the Warren swimming pool in this 1922 photograph.

These happy swimmers in Bisbee’s Warren suburb are enjoying themselves courtesy of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company, which built this pool in 1922 and supplied the water for it.

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A Bisbee Banquet

The general office of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company was lavishly decorated in
1899 to host a dinner for members of the American Institute of Mining engineers and their wives.

On Oct. 15, 1899, a special train pulled into the depot at Bisbee. It was carrying members of the American Institute of Mining engineers and their wives on a month-long tour of Western states.

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The Class of 1920

The first graduating class of St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix is pictured on a graduation announcement.

These students are the first graduating class of St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix. Founded in 1917, the school first held classes in the tiny second floor of St. Anthony’s grammar school (since razed) next to St. Mary’s Church.

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