Arizona history

Feb 14, 2022

Arizona Birthday Moments: Supercentenarian edition

In the 110 years since it became the country’s 48th state, Arizona has been the site of countless historic moments – from the discovery of Pluto at Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory to the completion of the Hoover Dam and other projects that make life in the desert possible.  In celebration of the state’s birthday, the Arizona […]

Feb 9, 2017

Irrigators Take the Title

Harry Westfall batted .493 that year. Affectionately known as ”Fat” for his hefty physique, he was an outstanding catcher who reputedly could throw a ball to second base on a line that never rose more than three feet off the ground—out of a crouch from home plate. Ray Stone went 8-2 in the regular season that year and pitched in both playoff games.

Jan 19, 2017

Dedication of St. Mary’s

Bishop Granjon of Tucson and most of his clergy plus a crowd of parishioners and politicians are gathered on the balcony under gray skies, probably following the dedication of St. Mary’s Church.

Jan 13, 2017

The Constitutional Convention

In the second row near the center is the unmistakable hulk and balding pate of George W.P. Hunt, the convention president and the man who would become the state’s first and longest-serving governor. Directly behind Hunt in bow tie and fedora is Morris Goldwater. In the back row second from left is future Governor Sidney P. Osborn.

Jan 5, 2017

Trinidad Swilling

Trinidad Escalantes Swilling Shumaker was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, of Spanish parents. Her father, a sea captain from Cadiz named Ignatius Escalantes, and his wife, Petra Mejia, were shipwrecked off the west coast of Mexico. They made their way to Hermosillo, where Trinidad was born in 1847. Ignatius died while Trinidad was a child, and eventually she and her mother joined a wagon train headed [...]

Dec 29, 2016

Pipe Springs

The springs were in a remote area located north of the Grand Canyon on the Kaibab Plateau. Today that northwest corner of the state is known as the Arizona Strip and is accessible by paved road only through Utah.

Dec 21, 2016

Graduation, 1945

Graduation, 1945

Dec 9, 2016

The Blevins Killing

He was born in Tennessee in 1852 and named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry who distinguished himself in the War of 1812. It is not known when or why Owens came West.

Dec 2, 2016

Tombstone Destroyed

Tombstone Destroyed

Nov 28, 2016

Wyatt Earp

Although millions of words have been written about Wyatt Earp, precious little is known about the man behind the myth. Tombstone aficionados will argue endlessly about which side of the law he was on. But few have paid attention to or written about his life after the gunfight that made him famous.

Nov 21, 2016

Fort Bowie, 1886

Fort Bowie is linked in history with the Apache wars of the 1870s and ’80s. But it owes its existence to the Battle of Apache Pass in 1862 and the Confederate invasion of what was then New Mexico Territory.

Nov 11, 2016

Jerome in the ’20s

Jerome in the '20s