100 Years of Hats

By Kylin Cummings The history of hats goes back a very long time. One of the first evidence of hats was found in a Neolithic cave drawing depicting women in turbans. Early on women were expected to cover their heads … Continue reading

Marvin Bennett — A Man with a Story…and a Song Part Two

By Robert Bennett and Dave Lewis The Marvin Bennett story concludes. Late one night Grand Canyon’s head wrangler sent Marvin down to Phantom Ranch to bring out for a couple who had hiked down but didn’t have the strength to … Continue reading

Marvin Bennett — A Man with a Story…and a Song Part One

By Robert Bennett and Dave Lewis First of a two-part article based on the recollections of Marvin Evan Bennett. Late one hot afternoon in 1931 several mule wranglers were relaxing at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, … Continue reading

Quiltmaking in Yavapai County 1930s-1940s

By Gail Van Horsen During the tumultuous times of the 1930s and 1940s, as the economy failed and soldiers fought in a world war, women stitched colorful and cheerful quilts for their homes.  Why did they choose these cheery patterns?  … Continue reading

Desertion—A Leading Cause of Divorce in Early Arizona

By Mary Melcher Many folks journeyed to Arizona during the territorial period, some without their legal spouses.  Available records reveal that desertion was a leading cause of divorce in the 19th century. In the book Women in Waiting in the … Continue reading

The Challenge of Developing the Prescott Free Academy

By Ray Carlson The Prescott Free Academy was built in 1876 to make the town “the educational . . . centre of the Territory.”  The building was not only “the handsomest structure in the Territory” but also the “strongest brick … Continue reading

Unending Growth for the Prescott Schools, 1871 to 1877

By Ray Carlson The Prescott School District was created in 1871 with the Trustees responsible for providing the school house and teacher.  Their work never let up.  Over the next six years, they built a new school twice, made building … Continue reading

The First Train to Prescott

By Andrew P. Odell In 1882 the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad finally met a long-sought goal when it built track across northern Arizona. But to the dismay of Prescott residents it went through Ash Fork, somewhat to the north of … Continue reading

How Tuscon Missed Becoming Arizona Territory’s First Territorial Capital

By Al Bates During the lengthy debates in the US Congress about splitting a new territory to be named Arizona from New Mexico Territory, the popular assumption was that the new territory’s capital would be located at Tucson—and that stipulation … Continue reading

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