The Final Steps from Frontier Fort to Veterans Hospital

By Mick Woodcock Efforts by the Yavapai Chamber of Commerce and others to have the Whipple hospital permanently transferred to the United States Public Health Service were successful.  On February 15, 1920, the hospital was formally transferred to the United … Continue reading

Fort Whipple Becomes a Public Health Service Hospital in 1918

By Mick Woodcock On February 25, 1913, Whipple was deactivated and the buildings were given over to a caretaker detachment.  The Army General Staff planned to concentrate the mobile army at eight large posts and abandon 31 small ones such … Continue reading

New Life for an Old Fort: Instead of Closure, Whipple is Rejuvenated

By Mick Woodcock After thirty-four years of active service, Fort Whipple was to be shut down on April 25, 1898, the same day Congress declared war on Cuba.  The officer on hand to close down the post instead became the … Continue reading

Base Ball: It Was Only a Game (1845-1919)

By Fred Veil The notion that Civil War general Abner Doubleday invented the game of base ball is a myth, promulgated and perpetuated by a group of Americans who, in the early-1900s were bound and determined to establish an American … Continue reading

Miller Valley’s Journey Through Time: “Loving to Learn and Learning to Love”

By Miller Valley Historical Team As with all things, there is a beginning and an end.  There is a birth, a lifetime to be celebrated and a legacy to be remembered and cherished.  So it is with Prescott’s Miller Valley … Continue reading

Who Was Mary Ramos?

By Christy Hastings The visitor to Sharlot Hall Museum who reads the exhibit posted in the small log cabin known as “Fort Misery” will be introduced to “Virgin Mary” Ramos, a most intriguing early Prescott pioneer.  When she died in … Continue reading

112 Year Old Mystery Solved

By Betty Bourgault My desire to adopt a grave at the Citizen’s Cemetery in Prescott and to become its caretaker led to the solution of a century-old mystery and to my learning of a most remarkable young man who served … Continue reading

How Wild Was It? Crime and Justice in Territorial Arizona

By Paul T. Hietter During the late summer of 1879, John Keller was accused of killing a Salt River Valley farmer named Luke Monihon.  The murder outraged Phoenix residents and a number of them planned to lynch Keller.  By coincidence, … Continue reading

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