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Consolidated National Bank (access required)

“Ripping off the roof early this morning, workmen commenced demolition of the former home of the Consolidated National Bank,” penned the Arizona Daily Star in November 1928. “The work is preparatory to laying the foundations for the new 10-story skyscraper…to ...

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Colonel Edwin N. Hardy (access required)

Col. Edwin N. Hardy at Fort Huachuca’s parade ground with his beloved dog Skipper at his side. If Army regulations governed where dogs could and could not go on a military reservation, little heed was given them by Col. Edwin ...

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Fort Defiance (access required)

Fort Defiance at the turn of the century. Situated in Bonito Canyon at the junction of Bonito and Black creeks, Fort Defiance — pictured here at the turn of the century — was established in 1851, in what then was ...

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The world’s first citizen (access required)

Teddy Roosevelt traveling north on Center Street (today’s Central Avenue), saluting the throngs of citizens whom had come to welcome him to Phoenix. On the morning of March 18, 1911, the Arizona Republican published a four-column portrait of President Theodore ...

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Tucson’s ‘Nymphs de Pave’ (access required)

Peering into Tucson’s red light district, shaped like a thin piece of pie between Congress Street and Maiden Lane at the turn of the century. “The Star has, time and again, complained about the open and disgusting prostitution which is ...

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Who needs good roads? (access required)

In the 21st century, it does not seem unusual that there is an independent state transportation board that is responsible for establishing, scheduling and maintaining a complete system of highways throughout the state of Arizona. However, in 1920, there was ...

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For Sale — This Place — And Cow (access required)

This 1937 photo, snapped during the Great Depression, shows how the dire economic conditions of the time forced people to sell whatever they could to get by. When the Great Depression rolled across Arizona during the 1930s, it did not ...

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Intractable Mayor Hoff (access required)

One-term Tucson Mayor Hoff’s residence in 1937. For reasons known only to the photographer, the rear of the Hoff House was chosen as the subject of this 1937 photograph. Located on West Franklin Avenue in Tucson, the house serves as ...

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Fairbank Commercial Company (access required)

Fairbank Commercial Company, 1937. The Fairbank Commercial Company was a 19th century emporium that thrived as long as the town thrived. When Fairbank’s palmy days were over, the store enjoyed a second life — as evidenced by this 1937 photo ...

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