Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at

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The Lost Dutchman Mine

Lost gold mines are among our greatest natural resources; they don’t pollute the sky with columns of acrid smoke, befoul…

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Frontier Odometers

In a diary from an emigrant crossing to the California gold fields in 1849. “Life on the Plains and at the Diggins…

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The Jackass Mail

In 1849 it took 166 days to travel coast to coast.  By the 1860’s you could do it in 60 days. A decade later a train cou…

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The Dodge City War

What became known as the “Dodge City War” began when Luke Short returned to Dodge in April, 1881 and went to work at the…

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Hi Jolly and Camel Corps

One of the West’s most bizarre events took place along the Colorado River on a grey January morning in 1858. A camel car…