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

Frederic Remington Called Them “Buffalo Soldiers”

by John P. Langellier, Ph.D. During the Victorian era a publication called Outing: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Recreation exposed its many subscribers to the work of an up-and-coming new addition to the pictorial periodical scene. In its December 1886 … Continue reading

Prescott’s 1893 Railroad War – Part 2

by Al Bates Prescott’s first railroad, the Bullock line from Seligman, with all its problems, was continuing to limp along when a new player appeared on the scene. Wealthy and politically powerful Joseph Reynolds came to Arizona Territory from St. … Continue reading

Prescott’s 1893 Railroad War – Part 1

By Al Bates  In the late 1800s there were significant mineral deposits in Central Arizona and fortunes were waiting to be made.  But without any nearby navigable rivers, and given the rugged terrain, mine development was impeded.  Railroads—if they could … Continue reading

PRESCOTT IS BORN: A Townsite is Surveyed and Named

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