Arizona Territory’s First Legislature Meets in a Rented Hall

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

Murder in the Palace Saloon: The Death of Jennie Clark – Part 2

By Ken Edwards The tragic death of Jennie Clark in late August 1884 resulting from a brawl in the Palace Saloon brought an outcry for rapid justice.  The Daily Journal claimed that lynching the accused murderer, Fred Glover, was perhaps … Continue reading

Murder in the Palace Saloon: The Death of Jennie Clark – Part 1

by Ken Edwards In the wee hours of a Friday morning in late August of 1884, business was still at full throttle in the Palace Saloon on Prescott’s Whiskey Row when Fred Glover, an employee of the Sazerac Saloon on … Continue reading

Public vs. Religious Schools in 1875 Territorial Arizona

By Tom Collins It was June 1875 and the Arizona Territory was in an uproar.  Why?  Because public schools were under attack.   Edmund Francis Dunne, recently appointed Chief Justice of the Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, was urging Catholics to stop … Continue reading

The Captivity of the Oatman Girls: A Brief Overview

By Jim Turner It was late February 1851.  Royce Oatman and his family struggled to push their wagon up a steep bank along the Gila River near present day Gila Bend.  Around sunset about a dozen Yavapai men came up … Continue reading

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