Deputy Sheriff Grover Sexton and the Studebaker Big Six

By Brendan Fillingim When Studebaker Company executives learned late in 1924 that 12 of the 13 Arizona county sheriffs were using their “Big Six” model—a large V-6, six-passenger touring car—instead of other available brands, they dispatched Grover Sexton to interview … Continue reading

A Frontier Fort on Granite Creek – Part 2

By Mick Woodcock The initial fort on Granite Creek with its wood palisade had barracks, hospital and stables outside the log walls.  The number of troops assembled to campaign against the Yavapai at times numbered six companies which taxed the … Continue reading

A Frontier Fort on Granite Creek

By Mick Woodcock By 1863, the central mountains of Arizona had not been explored by Anglo-Americans. Several different parties of men headed into the mountains, but the first to arrive and find gold was guided by Joseph R. Walker. The … Continue reading

Prescott’s Gentle Snakes Challenge the Federal Government

By Ray Carlson Last week’s article described how the Way Out West Show in 1921 raised money to pay off part of the Frontier Days’ debt.  Gradually, though, it became clear that the Smoki snake dance part of the Show … Continue reading

Gentle Bull Snakes Eat Into Prescott’s 1921 Financial Difficulties

By Ray Carlson In early May 1921, Neil Clark, the Yavapai County Attorney, ran an advertisement indicating that he would pay 50 cents for live bull snakes over 3 feet in length.  A common question was what a prominent attorney … Continue reading

Ranch Women: Making a Life “Between Dust and Clouds”

By Mary Melcher Ranch women in Yavapai County have a long history of hard work and adaptability.  A multi-talented group, they cooked, sewed, raised children and chickens, worked with cattle and rode horseback.  Their stories are sometimes buried under those … Continue reading

President Abraham Lincoln and the Arizona Territory

By Fred Veil The events which led to the creation, settlement and development of the Arizona Territory were strongly influenced by the policies and executive actions of our nation’s 16th president––Abraham Lincoln of Illinois. Lincoln, of course, presided over the … Continue reading

A Hostage to Fortune: The Disappearance of Mrs. Palatine Robinson

By Al Bates When America’s Civil War started in 1861, “Colonel” Palatine Robinson was a prominent Tucson businessman and an active Arizona politician while his lovely and fair-complexioned wife, Sarah E. Robinson, was the belle of Tucson’s small Anglo community.  … Continue reading

How Balls and Slabs of Silver in Old Sonora Gave Arizona its Name

By Al Bates In January 1737 Captain Juan Bautista de Anza reported from his outpost in Sonora to his superiors in central Mexico that there were vast deposits of silver near the “Arizona rancheria” owned by his deputy mayor, Bernardo … Continue reading

Mollie Monroe: Memorable, ‘Crazy’ Character of Early Prescott

by Michael Wurtz The article below first appeared in Days Past on November 2, 1997, in a slightly different form. Mollie Monroe has the unfortunate distinction of being the first woman in Arizona Territory to be declared insane.  Born in … Continue reading