Arizona History

Tempe City Hall
Tempe councilmembers this week will discuss a recommendation to rename several city parks, streets and neighborhoods named for individuals who were recently discovered to be members of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1920s.
Oct. 16, 2021
The Arizona Research Library is home to more than four million pages of historic state newspapers.
On Oct. 13, Arizona’s archives will join others around the country for "#AskAnArchivist Day," an effort to promote state archives and what archivists do.
Oct. 12, 2021
Colorado River in Yuma
Sen. Mark Kelly testified last week on the importance of extending federal funding for the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.
Oct. 11, 2021
Bashas' Store at 7th Avenue and Osborn in Phoenix.
Ask any Arizonan about Bashas' and they will have something to say about the store or the family behind it. One of those people is Kimber Lanning, the CEO of Local First Arizona, a nonprofit focusing on fostering the economic development of Arizona businesses.
Oct. 4, 2021
St. James Hotel
A parking lot will replace a 92-year-old hotel that was recently demolished in downtown Phoenix. The owners of the site also own the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.
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Sep. 28, 2021
40 years ago this week, Arizona’s Sandra Day O’Connor made American history by becoming the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here in Arizona, Sept. 25 is known as Sandra Day O’Connor Day.
O'Connor's Brother Remarks On 40th Anniversary Of Her Confirmation
Sep. 23, 2021
International UFO Congress
The Southwest has a reputation its hot weather, expansive deserts — and supernatural phenomena. This abundance of supernatural discourse prompted one KJZZ listener to ask our Q&AZ project, "Why is the international UFO convention always in Arizona?"
Sep. 9, 2021
Tucson skyline
"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign," as the old song goes — and in Tucson, that’s especially true at the Ignite Sign Art Museum. Jude Cook and his wife own and operate the museum. He learned sign painting in 1972 right out of high school and opened his own sign company in 1976.
Aug. 20, 2021
kjzz microphones
Did you know KJZZ reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners every week? But it wasn’t always that way. As KJZZ celebrates its 70th year in operation, here's a look back at the history of the station.
Aug. 18, 2021
men standing in front of fire truck
A unique redevelopment opportunity has Phoenix trying something new. The city wants to turn a former firehouse at the corner of First and Moreland streets into a full-service restaurant.
Jul. 14, 2021
June 19 is now a federal holiday, as President Joe Biden Thursday signed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as the end of slavery in America. KJZZ explores further how the date exemplifies a celebration of the closing of an uniquely horrific chapter in American history.
Jun. 17, 2021
Flite Goodyear
A former Naval air station in the West Valley is aiming to become a major job center for the region. Flite Goodyear is on the site of a former Goodyear Tire and Rubber facility, which later became a Lockheed Martin facility. In its current iteration, there’s about 1 million square feet of land with more to build on. There are about 25 buildings, many of which date to 1942.
Jun. 11, 2021
For generations, newsroom printing presses have grown and evolved. But with the dawning of the internet, print journalism is finding itself muscled out by digital “papers.” The Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff is the latest publication to “stop the presses.”
Jun. 8, 2021
Tovrea Castle
Sightseers interested in touring the historic Tovrea Castle in east Phoenix will need some luck on their side. After a successful first run in the spring, the Tovrea Carraro Society is running another lottery to tour the landmark that resembles a wedding cake.
May. 29, 2021
three panels
Sixty years ago, the Phoenix City Council invited five artists to submit drawings for a mural at the airport’s new terminal.
May. 28, 2021
A new exhibit at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson aims to make sure the state's place in the history of space flight is not forgotten. “Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space” showcases how the Grand Canyon State helped create a path to the stars.
May. 24, 2021
“Another Avenue” is a master’s thesis project by ASU student Ryan Krebs. He shot the documentary over two weeks this winter while walking up and down Central Avenue. It’s an intimate portrait of an ever-changing landscape.
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May. 22, 2021
Mesa Typewriter Exchange Densmore No. 5
Those of us of a certain age might remember the clickety-clack of typewriters as the backdrop to office life for most of the 20th century. Here in the 21st century, the once-ubiquitous machines have become nearly obsolete. But here’s still a store devoted to them and people who are using them.
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May. 13, 2021
Sandra Day O'Connor
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was recently honored by a national organization that aims to accelerate the development of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. It's a disease that has affected both O’Connor and her husband, John.
May. 7, 2021
Look Ma, it's Tempe baby
Danelle Plaza at Southern and Mill in Tempe is like a lot of strip malls. There’s a mix of businesses in there — a clothing shop, a restaurant, a record store, a billiards hall and perhaps the most well-known one, Yucca Tap Room. Danelle Plaza has been an important part of Tempe’s music and alternative arts scene, which is what drew Rob Moore to it.
May. 7, 2021


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