Arizona History

Navajo Nation flag
This week in 1952, the Great Seal of the Navajo Tribe was adopted by the Tribal Council. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Jan. 12, 2022
burros
This week in 1912, tax assessors of Arizona, meeting at Douglas, spent most of the day in a stormy session debating the taxable worth of burros. After considerable argument, a tax of $5 per head was agreed upon. A collection of the interesting and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Jan. 5, 2022
hi jolly's tomb
This week in 1936, the Hadji Ali Monument at Quartzsite, erected on the grave of the Greek camel driver who came to the U.S. in 1857 with the first shipment of camels, was dedicated. A collection of the interesting and sometimes unusual events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Jan. 3, 2022
Bisbee High School
A piece of Bisbee history is for sale. The original high school, built in 1914, is on the market. According to the county, the three-story, 45,000-square-foot building was once recognized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! because all four levels of the building have an entrance at street level.
Dec. 28, 2021
people lay their hands on a casket during a funeral
Historians believe that obituaries were first published in ancient Rome and that they became a regular part of publications in the mid-1800s. The form has changed dramatically since then, but its purpose hasn’t — to inform the public about someone’s death
Dec. 28, 2021
Christmas tree with white lights and ornaments
In 1929, the Arizona-Mexico border was moved, temporarily and informally, to allow children from Nogales, Sonora, to come to Nogales, Arizona, to the town’s Christmas tree. But the story is not all that well-known in Arizona, even among long-time residents of that border community.
Dec. 28, 2021
block walls
The many sprawling suburbs of Phoenix strive to be unique, whether it’s about neighborhood parks, shopping centers or public art. But there is one thing almost all of them have in common: tall block fences.
More Q&AZ questions answered
Dec. 27, 2021
Buckhorn Baths in Mesa
The Buckhorn Baths were sold earlier this year, and the new owner plans to build townhomes on the site as well as refurbish the baths themselves, among other projects.
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Dec. 23, 2021
women's suffrage banner
This week in 1915, giving women the right to vote becomes law in Arizona. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Dec. 22, 2021
Phoenix Christmas dinner menus
As we head right into the holidays, The Show looked back at Christmases past, Arizona-style. Sativa Peterson is the news content program manager for the state’s research library, and she’s usually digging through the archives to find out more about historic events. The Show spoke with her to learn what the holiday season looked like in Arizona 100 years ago.
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Dec. 21, 2021
Susan Vespoli
It’s season’s endings for “Word” as we close out 2021. What do a former hotshot from Arizona, a Valley poet with a new collection about addiction as well as a planetary scientist and writer from Tucson have in common? They’re part of “Word.” It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Dec. 21, 2021
christmas tree
This week in 1906, Tombstone Prospector described a new innovation for the Christmas season: “... One of the novelties during the Christmas celebration this year are artificial Christmas trees ... The imitation is so exact a production of the real article that it is difficult to tell the difference between the two.” A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Dec. 15, 2021
top stories of 2021
Over the course of 2021, the KJZZ News a wide range of stories. As 2022 approaches, here's a look back at the five most-viewed stories on KJZZ.org.
Dec. 9, 2021
butte hill mining
A current exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum showcases the role of mining in the American West. It’s called, "Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West."
Dec. 9, 2021
KJZZ's The Show
Arizona Highways’ December issues are often their most popular, featuring snowy landscapes and other picturesque parts of the state. But this year, the nearly 100-year-old publication is trying something new.
Nov. 22, 2021
Superstition Mountains
Arizona is home to many peaks, and the name of one popular point in Apache Junction has sparked some curiosity. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ project, a listener asked: How did Silly Mountain get its name?
Q&AZ: Ask us a question
Nov. 14, 2021
Jack Holder, believed to be Arizona's last known living survivor of the Pearl Harbor attacks, prepares to mark its 80th anniversary and his 100th birthday. He had been in Pearl Harbor six days short of one year when sirens blared on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
Nov. 10, 2021
The Pima County Courthouse will reopen to the public after nearly a decade, this time hosting tourist attractions and a long-awaited memorial commemorating the 2011 mass shooting where a gunman killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Nov. 9, 2021
Jo-Carroll Dennison
Jo-Carroll Dennison’s time was marked with the experiences of an extraordinary life — a childhood spent performing for pennies and selling snake-oil miracle elixirs in her parent’s traveling medicine show, a reign as Miss America that was punctuated by defiance and as an actor who challenged the misogynistic Hollywood system during the industry's Golden Age.
Nov. 8, 2021
Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix has built up around the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center near Margaret T. Hance Park. And this year, the center is celebrating its centennial.
Nov. 5, 2021

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