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The Summer Letdown (access required)

Ray Busey, mayor of Phoenix during the In early July of 1947, Phoenix was sizzling. Phoenix had several days of 112 degree temperatures while “Phoenicians, leaving air-cooled buildings for the day, agreed it was hot.” People working in the fields ...

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An Early Congressional Junket (access required)

Marcus Smith, U.S. senator from Arizona, 1912-1921. In 1905, a Congressional battle was waging on whether or not Arizona and New Mexico should become a single state or separate states in the Union. In October 1905, 10 congressmen toured New ...

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Arizona dries up (access required)

The Wellington Saloon in Globe prior to Prohibition. The Arizona General Election of 1914 contained 19 ballot propositions. This was a record number of items for the voters of the young state. The propositions covered a wide range of subjects ...

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Clarkdale, Arizona (access required)

Clarkdale smelter, 1945. Copper mining on Mingus Mountain commenced in earnest in 1882, when Frederick A. Tritle — he was soon to be territorial governor of Arizona — purchased several claims for a syndicate headed by New York attorney Eugene ...

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An Arizona Buffalo Soldier (access required)

Buffalo Soldier Cpl. Edward Scott. Lt. Powhatan H. Clarke referred to the soldiers of the black 10th Cavalry Regiment under his command by racially derogatory names. However, at the same time he wrote, “No men could have been more determined ...

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Tucson (access required)

Tucson honor student and Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Ignacio Bonillas. Ignacio Bonillas was born in Mexico in 1858. Neither of his parents knew how to read, but when Ignacio was 12 his family moved to Tucson. His father ...

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Downtown Page in 1958 (access required)

Downtown Page, 1958. If a clever photo editor removed the 1955 Cadillac, the “Parking Area” sign, and the Firestone store’s prominent display of tubeless tires and shiny bicycles, the image could easily be mistaken for a late 19th century mining ...

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Picturing the Grand Canyon (access required)

Jack Hiller photograph looking from atop the 3,000 foot-high cliffs of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Note: There is a man sitting on the edge of the cliff on the upper left hand side of the picture. In ...

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