Honky-Tonks, Brothels and Mining Camps: Entertainment in Old Arizona

By Dr. Jay Cravath The venues for culture during the immigrant influx into Arizona Territory concentrated around mining towns, where striking it rich meant gaining disposable income.  Nouveau riche miners wanted to show their taste for the good life.  Gambling … Continue reading

Oil Boom in Chino Valley

By Erik Berg Many people know about the rich gold discoveries that brought waves of early prospectors to Yavapai County, but few realize that the area was also the scene of a brief but intensive oil boom during the First … Continue reading

Remembering Baseball in Territorial Arizona

By John Darrin Tenney Baseball, the national pastime, has a long history dating back to the 1840s. The game evolved from older bat-and-ball games from England such as cricket and Colonial America era games like one-o-cat, two-o-cat. When most of … Continue reading

Marketing Indian Art

By Dr. Sandra Lynch and Dave Lewis “For centuries, art and handcrafts have played an important role in the religious and social lives of Indigenous peoples. . .  Throughout our Native American history it has been no different.  The images … Continue reading

Annie Neal: Black Cherokee Entrepreneur

By Dr. Barbara Marriott The music floated in on a soft summer breeze.  The two schoolteachers rocking on the porch of their Oracle home caught the refrain and smiled at each other.  “That Annie sure knows how to throw a … Continue reading

The Territory of Arizona vs. Knox Lee

By Mick Woodcock Murder was never an everyday occurrence in territorial Arizona, despite what one might gather from the violence during the Pleasant Valley War and the shootings in Tombstone during its heyday.  Thus, the headline of an article in … Continue reading

Apache Scouts — Medal of Honor Winners

By Cynthia Palcich and Members of the Sharlot Hall Museum Staff A tired and disgusted Apache said to the Army officer receiving his surrender, “Your Apache Scouts track us even when we leave no tracks.”  Such was the skill of … Continue reading

Apache Scouts in Arizona’s Indian Wars

Mick Woodcock and other members of the Sharlot Hall staff contributed to this article. In the 1870s and 1880s, Apache warriors enlisted in the United States Army to serve as scouts while the Army was at war with the Apache … Continue reading

Dramatic Pirates at the Elks Theatre: The Ethel Tucker Company

By Tom Collins With the petite body of a soubrette and the care-worn face of a matronly character actress, Ethel Tucker (1860-1926) lacked the physical qualities of a leading lady; and yet she persistently played romantic leads in the Ethel … Continue reading

Above and Beyond: Arizona and the Medal of Honor

By Fred Veil The Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for bravery, was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in the early years of the Civil War. Initially, the Army balked at the concept of such a medal, as … Continue reading