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Steaming into the Future

Few innovations changed the face of Arizona more than the arrival of the first steam engine in Tucson in March of 1880. Travel time for passengers …

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The “Hang ’em High” Judge

On September 3, 1875—the day six men were hanged in Fort Smith, Arkansas—Isaac Parker earned his nickname, “Hanging Judge.” Parker had not been on …

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Flora Quick aka Tom King

You’ve heard of Calamity Jane, Ethel “Etta” Place and Belle Starr. But what about Flora Quick? This mysterious horse …

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Arizona Rough Riders

In 1898, Arizona became the first  in the nation to sign up  for a “cowboy cavalry” for the Spanish-American War. Pre…

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Wild Bill and the Englishman

Any Old West history enthusiast who fancies learning about famed gunfighter James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok must have…

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Dust-Covered Foot Soldiers

After American troops spent four years fighting the Civil War, the struggle to restore the Union ended with powerful victories by the Northern Army…

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