Arizona History

Fort Mojave Twins geoglyphs
Geoglyphs are massive etchings on the land found found all over the world, including in Arizona, where development can threaten their preservation.
Jan. 26, 2023
The Boeing 747
It's a plane that costs more than $400 million new. So it was surprising to industry insiders when, last month, a virtually new Boeing 747-8 was sent to the Pinal Airpark boneyard in Marana to be scrapped for parts.
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Jan. 25, 2023
The bust of Don Bolles
Hank Stephenson is the co-founder of the substack the Arizona Agenda. He, along with co-founder Rachel Leingang, are working to get lawmakers to pass a bill that would establish a monument to slain Arizona journalist Don Bolles at the state Capitol.
Jan. 19, 2023
Ladimir Kwiatkowski as Ladmo (from left), Bill Thompson as Wallace and Pat McMahon as Gerald
If you missed your shot at a Ladmo Bag as a kid, now’s your chance. AZTV Channel 7 began airing old episodes of the “The Wallace & Ladmo Show,” a beloved Arizona kids’ show, on Jan. 1.
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Jan. 18, 2023
a digital model for the Arizona Jewish Historical Society's Holocaust learning center
A measure that requires Arizona students to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh grade and high school graduation was signed into law over a year ago. Now, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society is working to open a new Holocaust education center in Phoenix by 2025.
Jan. 16, 2023
warren stewart
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Arizona’s first observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Jan. 16, 2023
University of Arizona Old Main
The African American Museum of Southern Arizona had its grand opening this weekend, ahead of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Jan. 16, 2023
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964
On this holiday celebrating the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., people are remembering his legacy in many ways. One of those instances was his famous visit to Phoenix and Tempe about a month prior to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Arizona marks 30 years of observing MLK Day
Jan. 15, 2023
The Casa Grande Domes
The mysterious concrete domes rising up from the desert near Casa Grande are no more. Demolition on the abandoned, crumbling structures just south of Interstate 8 on Thornton Road began Monday, Pinal County confirmed on Tuesday. The domes have long been an Arizona curiosity, featured by travel websites such as Atlas Obscura.
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Jan. 10, 2023
corn  in field
A major development coming to southwest Phoenix involves turning a 100-year-old farmhouse into a restaurant.
Jan. 5, 2023
Newborn baby girl sleeping in a maternity ward at a hospital
As 2022 comes to a close, we look back on the most popular baby names, as released by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Things have changed a lot since Jacob and Jessica topped the list.
Dec. 26, 2022
Archaeologist Jupiter Martinez oversees the effort to protect and restore the Cocóspera Mission
At an aging mission in northern Sonora, each passing year brings more damage to an invaluable historic site. There have been many attempts to protect what remains, but some involved say the current effort is the most promising to date.
Dec. 21, 2022
Coming up on this Season 8-ender of Word, we go on a show bender with highlights spanning the entire run-of-show from where it started on the island of Guam in 2016 until now.
Dec. 11, 2022
Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building
During the pandemic, a lot of businesses re-imagined themselves. But historians were also affected by the pandemic. Much of their work is done in libraries and archives, places where lockdowns didn’t get a lot of publicity.
Dec. 9, 2022
thick-billed parrot
It turns out, parrots aren't only found in rainforests or on a pirate's shoulder — at one time, they were native to Arizona, too.
Dec. 8, 2022
Illustration of Zonawood, a Hollywood sign on South Mountain over a view of downtown Phoenix
Arizona has a rich history of film and TV production from iconic westerns to famous horror movies—and even music videos. New tax incentives set to kick in next year promise to help expand on the history of filming in Arizona by securing the future of the state as a destination for the movie and TV industry outside of LA.
More Arizona business news
Dec. 6, 2022
Douglas Municipal Airport
Arizona's first international airport wasn't in Phoenix or Tucson, but near the southern border in Douglas. And preservationists like Cindy Hayostek are working to ensure it sticks around.
Nov. 28, 2022
the vintage sign for the kiva lodge
Preservationists in Mesa are trying to save a building slated for demolition. The Kiva Lodge is expected to be torn down to make way for an affordable housing project, but advocates are trying to convince the new property owners to keep it standing.
Nov. 15, 2022
a water map by jen urso
Artist Jen Urso is taking this year's Canal Convergence into virtual reality with her latest project, "What Grows Here." It’s an interactive, layered map that shows more than 1,000 years of water use in the Scottsdale area.
Nov. 9, 2022
steve schumacher
The city of Phoenix now has its first official historian — Steve Schumacher. And he hopes to bring both old and new stories to light.
Nov. 7, 2022

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