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Still-Busting in Flagstaff

Ten-plus years of national Prohibition brought two groups of Flagstaff citizens together – those who made bootleg liquor and those who confiscated it. Here, members of the Flagstaff Fire Department stand around a confiscated still. A group of curious children ...

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Martin Gold, Phoenix Pioneer (access required)

Some deaths mark the ending of an era. Martin Gold’s passing on July 24, 1931, symbolically closed the pioneering days of Phoenix. An immigrant from the Austro-Hungarian empire, Martin Gold rose from poverty to become one of the great landowners ...

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Mining Man & Mayor

Abraham Hyman Emanuel was an Easterner who made his fortune in gold and silver mines and mining towns of the American West. He was born about 1838 (the exact date is unclear) in Philadelphia, the son of a well-to-do family. ...

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When Gambling Was Outlawed

The Navajo men in this photograph taken in the 1920s are burning their gambling [playing] cards as the hand-written title suggests. The men appear to be near a school, perhaps in Leupp or Tuba City on the Navajo Reservation. There ...

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One Hundred Inches

There were 68 inches of snow on the ground on January 18, 1949, when this photograph was taken on the Arizona State College (now Northern Arizona University) campus in Flagstaff. That was the beginning of one of Flagstaff’s severest winters. ...

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