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Louis and Alice Rideau (access required)

Meet Louis and Alice Thornton Rideau, French-African Americans from Louisiana and early-day residents of Phoenix whose large, extended family still lives in the Valley. The popular Town Talk Bar B Q was founded by their son, Burleigh Rideau, in 1948. ...

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Arizona’s Own Gore vs. Bush

Arizona centenarians and historians have no doubt been experiencing the strange feeling of déjà vu as they watched the 2000 presidential election unfold. The 1916 Arizona gubernatorial election, between incumbent Governor George W.P. Hunt and Republican challenger Thomas Campbell, was ...

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A Celebrity Visits Comstock

In the early 1940s, Gene Autry visited Tucson and entertained sick children at the Comstock Children’s Hospital. He is shown here with one of the patients. Comstock has been a part of the Tucson community since 1907, when the city ...

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General Crook and Troops

Gen. George Crook’s military career was closely linked with the settlement of the West and the forced relocation of the Indian tribes. As a young officer in Oregon and California, he saw the tribes betrayed when the U.S. Senate rejected ...

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Harvest in Flagstaff

Farmers are harvesting pinto beans in this early 1930s photograph taken east of Flagstaff. The dried plants are being unloaded from the horse-drawn wagon at right and fed into the Case threshing machine to separate the stalks from the beans. ...

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Courtland Land Rush (access required)

Courtland Young, an Iowa-born prospector, discovered copper ore deposits east of Tombstone in 1907, and quietly began raising capital for mining development. He named the town site Courtland, and within two years it was booming and a land rush had ...

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An Arizona First

Sarah Herring Sorin claims the distinction as Arizona’s first female lawyer. She was born on January 15, 1861, in New York City, the first of Col. William and Mary Herring’s five children. Herring’s title of colonel appears to be an ...

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Ida Jane’s Goat Cart (access required)

At the turn of the last century, goat carts were all the rage among Phoenix’s youngsters, who used them to race up and down the town’s dirt roads. Ida Jane McClarty’s father made one for her seventh birthday, and she ...

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Confine Your Pets

Elsie May Johnson was lucky to have a healthy pet for this portrait. An outbreak of rabies in the spring of 1912 had forced the slaughter of hundreds of dogs and had sent several Bisbee residents to El Paso for ...

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Frank Luke Flying Ace

Frank Luke Jr. was born in Phoenix, one of nine children in a large and convivial family. In later years, people remembered attending ice cream socials and skating on the hardwood floors of the Luke house, which was located on ...

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