The Location of Arizona Territory’s First Legislature is Formally Announced

By Al Bates (This article is one of a series that will appear in this space during this year on historic events relating to the Arizona Territory’s Sesquicentennial and the founding and establishment of Prescott as the Territory’s first capital.) … Continue reading

A Small Boy Gets Driving Lessons Early in the Twentieth Century

By Carol A. Powell Adapted by Carol A. Powell from the book “From Oxen to Oxide” by John Fletcher Fairchild Jr., 2013, Sedona Historical Society One day early in the 20th Century, young John Fletcher Fairchild Jr. was in his family … Continue reading

The Yavapai – Then and Now

by Linda Ogo and Sandra Lynch Many American Indians have been popularized in books, documentaries, and provocative motion pictures.  The Yavapai Indians, however, have been largely absent from such published history.  Much of this is the result of a tradition … Continue reading

Early Arizona Newspapering: Burnside Carbines at 40 Paces

By Al Bates Prescott’s Arizona Miner is rightly known as Arizona Territory’s first newspaper with its beginning at Fort Whipple in early 1864, but it was not the first newspaper in what is now Arizona.  Let me explain.  Publication of … Continue reading

Along the California Trail

by Jay Cravath This article is a summary of a presentation Jay Cravath will give at the Eleventh Annual Western History Symposium that will be held at the Hassayampa Inn on Saturday, August 2nd.  The Symposium is co-sponsored by the … Continue reading

John Lawler’s Hillside Bonanza

by Phil M. Blacet, Ph.D The old Hillside Mine located deep in Boulder Creek Canyon, four miles northwest of Bagdad in far western Yavapai County, has been ghostly silent for many years.  Dating back to the 1880’s, this remote site … Continue reading

The First Arizona Territorial Election is Held and Mr. Poston Goes to Washington

This article is one of a series that will appear in this space during this year on historic events relating to the Arizona Territory’s Sesquicentennial and the founding and establishment of Prescott as the Territory’s first capital. by Al Bates … Continue reading

Above and Beyond: Arizona and the Medal of Honor

By John P. Langellier, Ph.D. (John Langellier is the Director of the Central Division of the Arizona Historical Society located in Tempe. This article is a summary of a presentation he will make at the Eleventh Annual Western History Symposium … Continue reading

Prescott’s First Fourth of July Celebration

This article is one of a series that will appear in this space during this year on historic events relating to the Arizona Territory’s Sesquicentennial. By Al Bates  One of the resolutions unanimously adopted at the May 30 meeting at … Continue reading

Shootout at Rattlesnake Canyon: The Power Brothers Story

by Heidi Osselaer On February 10, 1918, four men died in a gun battle between lawmen and the Power family living in Rattlesnake Canyon in the Galiuro Mountains of southeastern Arizona.  This was not only the deadliest single gunfight in … Continue reading