Arizona History

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
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
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
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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?
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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
A new book of personal stories about Black residents of Arizona was released last month. The work is a continuation of a project that seeks to expand the story of “The Great Migration.” Its curator is now offering workshops to further discussions about parts of history that’s often under-studied.
Nov. 2, 2021
Karen Chen J. Marion Sears home
A new report shows the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits of Phoenix’s historic neighborhoods.
Nov. 2, 2021
Edward S. Curtis Native American photo exhibition
The pandemic has been tough for legacy museums in our community. But for newer museums, like Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, it was even harder to keep funds in the coffers.
Nov. 1, 2021
Mesa LDS Mormon Temple main entrance
The Mesa temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is currently open to members of the public — something that hasn't happened since 1975.
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Oct. 26, 2021
photo taken from escalator showing three panels of mural
An iconic mural that outlived the building it was designed for now has a new home. “The Phoenix” has landed at the Rental Car Center at Sky Harbor Airport. Explore the mural’s importance to Phoenix’s past and present.
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Oct. 25, 2021
The Create exhibit at Arizona Science Center
Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix is home to historical buildings and educational landmarks, but one museum is no longer present. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ Project, a listener asked: Will Phoenix ever bring back its city history museum?
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Oct. 23, 2021
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The city of Tempe is moving forward into considering renaming several city streets and parks that were named after residents affiliated with the KKK. To learn about the dilemma, The Show spoke with Joshua Kane, senior lecturer at Arizona State University.
Oct. 22, 2021
A new print anthology entitled, “Indiscernibles in Arizona,” is now available. It’s part of an attempt to expand the story about “The Great Migration,” when millions of Black people left the South for the North, Midwest and West during the 20th century.
Oct. 21, 2021
Hatcher Road sign
In The Show's series, Our Street, we’re taking a closer look at neighborhoods around the Valley — and what makes them tick. Hatcher Road is the main street that runs through a classic Phoenix neighborhood: Sunnyslope.
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Oct. 18, 2021

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