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A Bisbee Banquet

9-7-times-past

On October 15, 1999, 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. The high-class tourists traveled in deluxe ...

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Martin Gold, Phoenix Pioneer (access required)

8-31-times-past

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

The Gold family in front of their father’s new steam engine and threshing machine, one of the first in the Phoenix area.

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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Bisbee’s Swimming Pools (access required)

8-10-times-past

These happy swimmers in Bisbee’s Warren suburb are enjoying themselves courtesy of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company, which built the pool in 1922. The pool was located near Vista Park across from the baseball field (the stands can be ...

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Lowell, Arizona

7-27-times-past

This dirt road is the main street of Lowell, Arizona, one of Bisbee’s suburbs. On April 7, 1913, a deputy and his prisoner died and a bystander was wounded in Lowell’s worst street battle. On the left in the photograph ...

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When Gambling Was Outlawed

6-29-times-past

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

6-8-times-past

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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