Marshall Trimble

Jun 29, 2015

Tale of the ‘Arizona Navy’: Old story revived as state competes with California for water

In 1934, Arizona faced off against California in a miniature “naval battle” on the Colorado River, the first and only showing of the land-locked state’s navy.

Oct 12, 2011

Arizona’s official historian shares passion through music, humor

Stepping off stage after a 9/11 memorial at the State Capitol, Arizona’s official historian is just setting down his guitar when two fifth–graders approach him with questions about their history projects.

Sep 9, 2011

Spotlights to illuminate Phoenix sky in 9/11 event

Two spotlights will illuminate the Phoenix sky on Sunday night in remembrance of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

Sep 6, 2011

Sept. 11 remembrance to be held at Arizona Capitol

A remembrance ceremony on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will be held Sunday evening outside the State Capitol in Phoenix.

Aug 9, 2011

Losing their clout: Four of Arizona’s five Cs not what they used to be

Arizona’s famous five Cs have been used as a quick way to describe the economic engines that drive the state. Representations of copper, cattle, climate, cotton and citrus are all emblazoned on the Great Seal of the state of Arizona, although these industries are not the forces they once were.

Jun 10, 2011

Recall looms large in Arizona history

Recall elections played a pivotal role in Arizona statehood. President William Howard Taft, a former judge who was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, actually vetoed the enabling act that would have granted Arizona statehood in 1911 because the proposed state Constitution included a recall provision for judges.

Mar 20, 2011

Arizona’s Anchor: Roosevelt Dam at 100

On March 18, 1911, an entourage that included former President Theodore Roosevelt and territorial Gov. Richard E. Sloan rode up Apache Trail to dedicate the largest masonry dam in the world.

Feb 24, 2011

Groups want to preserve historic gold mine near Wickenburg but lack funds

Dave Rodgers often journeys from his home in Surprise to explore remnants of the Vulture Mine: a tree where those who stole gold were hung, machinery that crushed ore to remove gold and even clothes and shoes that miners wore.

Feb 15, 2011

Centennial expo kicks off Arizona’s 100th year with dancers, cowboys and a penny drive

A cowboy lassoed a bale of hay, flamenco dancers clapped castanets and a Navajo sounded his drum on Monday, Arizona’s 99th birthday, as Gov. Jan Brewer kicked off the countdown to the state’s centennial.

Jan 13, 2011

After shooting, Arizona ponders contradictions

The woman was a native Arizonan, her family going back six generations. Hours after her congresswoman was gunned down at a neighborhood supermarket, she stood at a candlelight vigil on a street corner and clutched a sign that read "Peace."

Dec 10, 2010

Arizonans mark 100th anniversary of Constitution

The original Arizona Constitution was on display Thursday a�� the 100th anniversary of its signing a�� for a day to mark the opening of an Arizona Capitol Museum display on the 21,603-word document that gave the 48th state its legal and policy framework.

Sep 25, 2009

LOTY speaker Trimble was ‘prodded’ toward life he has built

Though Marshall Trimble grew up in Ash Fork, a small town 40 miles west of Flagstaff, he was first introduced to Southwest history 40 years ago while working as a cowboy in Montana, driving cattle from the Big Sky State into train stockyards in Arizona."It was like turning the clock back 100 years," said Trimble, Arizona's state historian.