Times Past

Aug 5, 2016

The ‘Napoleans’ of Finance

The 'Napoleans' of Finance

Aug 1, 2016

The Finest Job God Ever Made

Thirty-one years after America’s transcontinental railroad was completed, this steam locomotive — #1673 — pictured above in a 1960s photograph — was put into service in Arizona.

Jul 25, 2016

Keams Canyon

Indian Agent Leo Crane took this photograph of the Hopi Agency in Keams Canyon in 1919. The agency was built on a site 13 miles east of First Mesa, in a narrow canyon on a spring-fed stream. The canyon was named after Thomas Varker Keams, who settled there in 1876.

Jul 8, 2016

Dr. J.C. Handy: Jekyll And Hyde

This photograph, more than 120 years old, is a testament to someone’s eye for composition. It’s a little work of art, really, because it implies the truth about this doctor, a Tucson icon in his day. In public life, symbolized by the light, airy buggy he used on his Samaritan rounds, he was admired, even revered. But he had another side, as dark as the shadow he stands in, and finally it kille[...]

Jun 17, 2016

The Hotel Adams: Best in Phoenix

“Strictly modern. Absolutely fireproof. Comfort plus, in a variety of accommodations ranging from single rooms to luxurious suites,’’ reads the reverse side of this postcard, issued by the posh Hotel Adams during the 1920s.

May 31, 2016

Emory meets the Pimas: All ‘honesty and virtue’

This excellent sketch of the Gila River Valley was rendered by Lieutenant (later General) William H. Emory of the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, as he accompanied General Stephen Watts Kearny’s Army of the West and guide Kit Carson on the 1846 trek across the Southwest en route to California. His journal of that expedition later appeared in book form as “Notes of a Military Reconnaissa[...]

May 10, 2016

Part of Phoenix’s Restored Past: J.W. Walker Building

This is what the building on the northwest corner of Third Avenue and Washington Street looked like 70 years ago, when it was occupied by the Central Arizona Light & Power Company. Today it is home to Stickler’s Restaurant, which opened in early 2004, replacing Walker’s Café, which had been at the location since late 2001.

Apr 29, 2016

Building Roosevelt

At first glance, this 1904 photograph looks like a contingent of cavalry guarding captives. It is not. These are the engineers and laborers, and their wives, involved in construction of Roosevelt Dam, one of the first reclamation dams in the U.S.

Apr 22, 2016

Flagstaff Mill Pond

The logs were hauled from nearby forests by steam locomotive, off-loaded by crane (right foreground) and floated in the mill pond of the Flagstaff lumber mill until they were selected for cutting. The tiny figure on the far edge of the pond is a mill worker choosing logs for the conveyor to the second floor of the saw mill.

Apr 8, 2016

Downtown Hackberry

Hackberry, 27 miles northeast of Kingman, was a center of commerce and shipping for cattlemen and miners, and later was a rest stop for motorists on Route 66.

Apr 1, 2016

Boomtown Schoolhouse

A silver boom in Mohave County created an instant town that by 1894 had a school, a literary society, a church, a hotel and a population of more than 1,000.

Mar 25, 2016

Paradise, Arizona

This is the main thoroughfare of Paradise, Arizona, photographed sometime after the turn of the century. Note the boy running toward the hotel at right, the burro grazing in the street, another tied under the tree and the collection of barrels spilling over with things unknown.