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General Miles in Tucson (access required)

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Nelson Appleton Miles was born Aug. 6, 1839, at Westminster, Mass. On Sept. 9, 1861, at the age of 22, he was appointed a first lieutenant in the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry. He made a distinguished Civil War record and was ...

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Charles Poston, the father of Arizona (access required)

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The man at the right is Charles Debrille Poston, Arizona’s first delegate to Congress and the Father of Arizona, so designated in 1899 by the 20th Territorial Legislature. With him are Louis H. Chalmers (at left), House of Representatives, Maricopa ...

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The Donofrio/Grosso Clan (access required)

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Theresa settled in Philadelphia with her husband Mike, who was also an immigrant and a miner in the Pennsylvania coal fields. Charles went to Phoenix, where he earned a living selling oranges for a nickel a piece on Washington Street. ...

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The Oriental Saloon (access required)

This is Tombstone’s Oriental Saloon, photographed in the 1930s after its conversion for use as a drug store.

Owned by Jim Vizina, its bar and restaurant rented to Cochise County Supervisor M.E. (Milt) Joyce, the Oriental was considered Tombstone’s finest saloon. “Last evening,” wrote the Tombstone Epitaph, about the opening in 1880, “the portals were thrown open and ...

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Immaculate Heart and the Divided Parish (access required)

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This is Immaculate Heart Church and the church school on East Washington Street in downtown Phoenix about the time the church was dedicated—December 15, 1928. It was a separate church for Phoenix’s Mexican-American and Mexican Catholics who had split from ...

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