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Play Ball


This ragtag group of unnamed boys poses on a porch in Bisbee with a glove, a bat and four sad-looking baseballs. Pick-up baseball was all the rage, and this team is a testament to the nation’s fervor for baseball at ...

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Flagstaff’s Fast Car Race


The Eighth Annual Fast Car Race, sponsored by the Mark A. Moore American Legion Post, attracted West Coast driving sensations such as Bud Rose, Rajo Jack, Wally Schock, Earl Evans and Shorty Ellysen. They brought cars usually seen only in ...

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Two Tucson Meteorites


The two meteor fragments were used as blacksmith’s anvils in the Tucson Presidio in the 1700s and were highly valued. Early Tucson visitors invariably commented on them as curiosities. All early reports say that the meteorites were found in the ...

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Marcos de Niza Memorial (access required)


Fray Marcos de Niza’s explorations led directly to the expedition of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, who laid claim to the entire Southwest in the name of the Spanish crown and who was the forerunner of European settlement of Arizona. Spain ...

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Emery’s Cooperative


Although he was called “judge” in Tucson, Alfred John Emery had no legal training and never sat as a judge. The title was honorific. In fact, Emery was a dairy and poultry farmer all his life, and a man with ...

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The Humor of Mescal (access required)


Frank Alley had worked for newspapers in Globe, Phoenix, and Tombstone before coming to Bisbee. When he reported on mining news, his prose style was rational, straightforward and dry. But when he wrote under his pen name, Mescal, he was ...

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The First Gray Ladies


The Tucson chapter of the Red Cross was founded in 1916, just four years after Arizona became a state. At the time, a civil war was raging in Mexico and Pancho Villa was conducting raids along the U.S. border. The ...

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Father Owen da Silva


Father Owen was born Bill Silva on August 6. 1906, in Santa Barbara, California, near the old Franciscan Mission there. His Portuguese father and Irish mother were devout Catholics, and Owen was determined on the priesthood from childhood. After his ...

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Death on Sacramento Hill


A Bucyrus steam shovel, a modern piece of equipment, symbolized a new style of mining in the copper camp – Phelps Dodge had just begun open-cut mining operations on Sacramento Hill. The decision to dig the ground out instead of ...

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