A. Frank Randall. "Head Chief of Mexican Apaches", 1884. Boudoir card. ***A. Frank Randall (1854 -1916) accompanied General George Crook's expedition as a newspaper correspondent and photographer in the campaign to capture Apache Indians in Mexico. For the next four years, Randall traveled around Arizona and New Mexico photographing various Apache tribes, including the Chiricahua, Warm Springs, Mescalero, and Jicarilla Apaches. In 1887, Randall moved to Alameda County, California where he spent his final years. #afrankrandall#apacheindians#arizonahistory#photographichistory
"Dear Boss..." Hubbell Trading Post letterhead, letter from artist Maynard Dixon to writer/editor Charles Lummis. Lummis frequently published Dixon's art, which usually depicted scenes from the desert Southwest, in his magazines The Land of Sunshine and Out West. The men were close friends and they corresponded regularly from the early 1900s--this letter is from 1902-- until Lummis's death in 1928. #SouthwestHistory#ArizonaHistory#MaynardDixon#CharlesLummis#HubbellTradingPost#Ganado
Stout's Hotel opened in the late 1920's.
On the original site stood the market place owned by A.H. Stout. In the 1920's he began to built a hotel on the side of the market. A fire burned down the market but didn't burn the hotel structure. Mr. Stout decided to rebuild just a hotel on the site.
People driving the early incarnations of the later US Highway 80 in their non air conditioned Model-T cars (at a rate of 25 miles an hour) in the hot Arizona desert would stop at the hotel. Mr. Stout also owned a dairy and a ice house in Gila Bend. He converted the left side of the hotel to an ice cream parlor and served ice cream to the hot and weary travelers. Over the years it has been a barber shop, dress shop and various retail places.
The hotel closed its doors in 1985. The city of Gila Bend is looking into preserving and restoring the building into offices. One of our very favorite signs!
What is it? Just a 700 year old calendar. The Sinagua people of Arizona actually used a natural rock formation which cast rays of sun at different points throughout the year. Zoom in closely and you will see the petroglyphs they drew. The calendar then shows when to plant, the arrival of winter, when to hold ceremonies and so on. Incredible and ingenious. #vbarvheritagesite#arizonahistory#roadschool
Sadly leaving the #ValleyOfTheSun but doing so with renewed passion. Honored to see the #MigrantQuiltProject in person finally, and I am heartbroken, inspired and moved beyond measure. I'm especially proud of my cousin @peghaz for her curation of this immensely important project. It's on display now at the Tempe History Museum, and will be for a month. It's a must for every Arizonan to experience. 💔In short, each quilt memorializes the names of each border crosser and desconocido/a who died since the Tucson Sector began counting the deaths, in fiscal yearly counts. (One has nearly 300 names) The fabric and pieces are culled by the clothing and memorabilia border passers leave behind in the desert on their path to what they hope is freedom and the ability to work and feed their families.
Goodbye AZ. We'll meet again soon. 🌞🌵🌅
○ Please visit migrantquiltproject.org ○
#TBT to 1987 when the 259th Engineering Company of the AZ National Guard delivered Arizona's Merci Boxcar to The Railroad Park. This amazing piece of Arizona history has been housed at the park ever since. Thanks to an agreement with @azcapitolmuseum we will also be featuring some of the amazing gifts that were sent by the people of France in our Scottsdale Railroad Museum. That new exhibit will be opening in October. Truly an amazing piece of history here at the happiest place in Scottsdale.
History, oftentimes is forgotten as time passes. This weekly series features old photographs from taken in and around Queen Creek, held up in the exact place that they were originally taken, in the style of Dear Photograph.⠀
This photograph is from Mark Schnepf of Schnepf Farms. The date on the photo was April 22, 2000.⠀
“At this point in time my family owned all of where The Olive Mill was and all over where that new Mormon church is,” Mr. Schnepf said. “It went another half mile so there was another 320 acres over there.”⠀
Mr. Schnepf said the land was used to grow mostly field crops like cotton and potatoes but they also had some peach trees.⠀
The family sold the land in 2003, according to Mr. Schnepf. ⠀
The light that is now at the intersection was installed in 2008 at a cost of $114,535, Constance Halonen-Wilson said in an emailed response to questions.⠀
There are about 21,500 cars that travel this intersection a day, according to Ms. Halonen-Wilson. ⠀
On the south side of Combs, The Parks Community is being built. The home builders are KB, Lennar and Meritage. ⠀
“There are 94 total home sites at that community,” Jonathan Brent, a representative of Lennar said.⠀
“We opened August of last year. The models were completed in October and then the first closing was in March of this year,” he said. ⠀
“We have 278 lots in our community at Meritage Homes,” Elyse Margardino, a representative of Meritage said.⠀
KB Homes had not returned their numbers as of press time, Friday, Aug. 18.⠀
Riggs Road will eventually be extended from where it stops at Ellsworth.⠀
“The Riggs Road extension from Ellsworth to Meridian will be completed in two phases with the first phase beginning fall 2017,” Ms. Halonen-Wilson said. ⠀
So glad to be selected for The @valleymetro light rail project and to be a part of #arizonahistory !! S/o to @thesagrado & @adcrumpton For helping understand the application process, can't wait to get started!
1919: Tony Pizzo and C.J. Devine, former sailors, pose at the Grand Canyon while chained to their bicycles. They're headed across the United States, their signboards proclaiming "Bikes go wherever we go," in what the New York Tribune called "a foolish but daring endurance stunt." Pizzo would complete several more transcontinental rides while chained to singlespeed bikes.
His first ride was to claim a prize of $3,500 (about 50k today), put up by a friend who bet he couldn't cross the country on one gear. Later trips were sponsored by the Navy -- Pizzo rode in uniform and attended speaking events along his route, chained to his bike, of course.
Acrophobes beware: Pizzo nearly died this day, when his bike fell off the edge and began dragging him with it. Devine grabbed him by the legs, saving his life. Constantly chained, even simply riding meant serious peril in the event of a crash. Devine broke his collarbone this way outside Flagstaff.
Speaking on his interactions with onlookers, Pizzo said: "At first they take me for a prisoner. I am, in a way. But my bicycle is my only jailer. We get to be chums because where it goes I go." Thanks to @grandcanyonnps for unearthing the photo and @atlasobscura for background info.
Jerome used to be known as one of "The wickedest town in the west". Full of miners and cowboys all rushing in for some good work. It had a population peak of about 15,000 people by 1920. Mostly due to it's copper mines and the high demand for copper during WW1. The population dwindled down as the town faced many problems. Mostly because the price per pound for copper would fluctuate. Starting with the Great Depression. And they never quite recovered.
Today Jerome has a population in the mid 400's and is know for being a great place to visit. You can stay the night at a bed and breakfast or at the " Jerome Grand Hotel " which is known for being haunted. Or the " Hotel Connor " which is pictured with the " Spirit Room" below. Go visit one of the many art galleries and get a bite to eat at one of several fine restaurants. And don't forget about their " Ghost Town " it's a loaded time capsule.
I'm really only scratching the surface. I encourage everyone who was interested enough to read this to go check it out if you haven't already. I like Jerome.
George Mason Tiffany and his wife, Sarah Jane (York) were living in Provo, Utah when they were called to help settle the Salt River Valley (Mesa, Arizona). His skills as a brick maker were needed.
They arrived in 1884 but didn't begin firing brick for a few years.
Bottom right: Completed in 1891, the Pomeroy Building was the first brick structure built on the north side of Main Street. Evidence points to George Mason Tiffany as the maker of the bricks used to construct the Pomeroy Building, which still stands today, albeit clad in a stucco façade.(Photo: Arizona Museum of Natural History)
My family and I had the honor of visiting their burial site in Provo this week (where they returned after over 20 years in the Mesa/Lehi area and after working with the Pima Indians for most of that time.) #Tiffany#York#MesaArizona#genealogy#familyhistory#brickmaker#pioneers#Arizonahistory
As a Chinese American who was raised in Arizona, the Chinese Cultural Center of Phoenix has been a childhood site of yearly Chinese celebrations and performances--and one of the few sites of Chinese culture in Arizona. Although it is ultimately up to the newest owner, I sincerely hope we can preserve this site instead of destroying it.
If you would like to support the cause, please sign the petition: http://click.mail.change.org/?qs=7557d295bab7ee702d0fcbacfee6e51333b85f8395bd0a59b0c6e37bc1b1c82df5901ecc5c061eef4b26027ed50dcd535079540426ca2df9cc752cb21cbe7fe6
If you woud like to learn more: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/08/13/protesters-fear-changes-chinese-cultural-center-phoenix/563601001/
Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago), located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The mission was named for Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe. The mission was built at a site near the historic 1700 church first constructed here. This served the mission until being razed during an Apache raid in 1770. San Xavier Mission was established in 1692 by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, founder of the chain of Spanish missions in the Sonoran Desert. A Jesuit of Italian descent, he often visited and preached in the area, then the Pimería Alta colonial territory of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Construction of the first mission church, about two miles from the site of today's Mission, began on April 28, 1700, as noted in his diary:
On the twenty-eighth we began the foundations of a very large and capacious church and house of San Xavier del Bac, all of the many people working with much pleasure and zeal, some in digging for the foundations, others in hauling many and very good stones of tezontle from a little hill which was about a quarter of a league away. ...On the twenty-ninth we continued laying the foundations of the church and of the house.
The "little hill" is believed to be that southeast of San Xavier del Bac. Charles III of Spain distrusted Jesuits and in 1767 banned them from Spanish lands in the Americas. He installed what he considered the more pliable and “reliable” Franciscans as replacements. The original church proved vulnerable to Apache attacks, which finally destroyed it in about 1770. From 1775 on, the mission community and its Indian converts were protected somewhat from Apache raids by the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson, established roughly 7 miles downstream on the Santa Cruz River. #arizonahistory#americanhistory#drinkinbroshistorybuff#drinkinbros