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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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Will Rogers, Jr.

Will Rogers, Jr.

Born in New York in 1911 when his famous father, the humorist Will Rogers, was starring in the Ziegfeld Follies, William Vann Rogers Jr. grew up in the house that is the centerpiece of Will Rogers State Historic Park.

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The First Pima County Supervisors

From left, Original Pima County Supervisor Solomon Warner and Original Pima County Supervisor William S. Oury.

With that proclamation, the first Pima County Board of Supervisors began its duties. The first four counties in the Arizona Territory — Yuma, Mohave, Yavapai and Pima — were created on Nov. 6, 1864. Each, at its own expense, had to provide a suitable courthouse, a jail and fireproof county offices.

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Switzer’s Stores

Walter Switzer Jr. and Grace Switzer with Eva Mae and Walter Switzer Sr. at the opening of the Park Central Switzer’s store in 1954.

This 1954 photo of the opening of Switzer’s Department Store in Park Central Mall (on Phoenix’s Central Avenue near Thomas Road) captures the moment when the small town that Phoenix had been in the first half of the 20th century began its transformation into today’s decentralized urban megalopolis.

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Wikle’s Stationers

John and Margy Wikle in Los Angeles, 1929.

The happy pair cuddling under the neckers nook sign are John Marion Wikle (sounds like cycle) and his wife Margy, born Margy Lee Standage. Though this late ‘20s photo was taken in Los Angeles, John and Marion were Phoenicians who from the late 1930s to the 1970s owned and operated Wikle’s stationery store, a fixture in downtown Phoenix for 60 years.

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