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Hum Dinger (access required)

Known as the “Cannon Ball,” “Blue Streak” or possibly even “Hum Dinger,” the pictured vehicle suffered a This World War I vintage touring car of unknown make had interchangeable nicknames: Cannon Ball and Blue Streak. Despite names inferring speed, nothing ...

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Fortuna (access required)

Fortuna was a typical boom town sporting a cluster of clapboard dwellings, false-fronted business establishments and saloons, of course. Irony exists in the fact that after 1849, countless gold-seekers rushing to California in search of fortune trekked over a patch ...

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Tombstone’s Lady of the Rose (access required)

Ethel Robertson Macia, at age two. The Arcade Inn, one of the first adobe buildings constructed in Tombstone, was originally built merely to serve as an office and a boarding house for the Vizina Mining Company. However, a homesick young ...

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Earthquake! (access required)

Tombstone doctor George Goodfellow stumbled upon plate tectonics – before it was fashionable. James Parker, a young lieutenant billeted at Fort Huachuca, chose the afternoon of May 3, 1887, to climb a mountain ridge adjacent the post. All at once, ...

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Disenchanted Traveler (access required)

John Plesent Gray John Plesent Gray was a 20-year-old graduate of the University of California at Berkeley when he purchased a $98 one-way ticket on the Southern Pacific Railroad to the Arizona Territory. His ultimate destination was Tombstone, where parents ...

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Frank Luke, Jr. (access required)

Frank Luke, Jr. practices his machine gun skills in this undated U.S. Air Force photo. On the day of the dedication of the Frank Luke, Jr. statue on the east side of the Arizona state Capitol building on Armistice Day ...

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Plunging into Glen Canyon Dam (access required)

Smoke billows from the slightly tardy blast commemorating the beginning of the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. As early as 1916, noises were made about building a dam at Glen Canyon to regulate the torrents of the mighty Colorado River. ...

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Northern Arizona’s scientists’ delight (access required)

U.S. Forest Service researchers collecting data from seedling-count strips in northern Arizona’s Fort Valley Experimental Forest in 1913. Northern Arizona has an amazing array of natural and cultural elements that draws scientists wanting to poke around and ponder. Flagstaff, a ...

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Tomb of memories (access required)

One day when Ed Schieffelin was heading out for some prospecting, a friend asked where he was going. Ed replied he was going to the hills “to look for some stones.” Schieffelin’s friend warned “the only stones you’ll find over ...

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