Arizona History

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
horse race
This week in 1910, the Douglas police chief arrested the mayor on a charge of failing to hitch his horse. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
May. 12, 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
John and Cindy McCain on their honeymoon in Hawaii
Cindy McCain endorsed Joe Biden in the presidential race against Donald Trump. And she was given at least some of the credit for Biden becoming only the third Democratic presidential candidate to win in Arizona since World War II. That's just one of the stories she tells in her new autobiography.
May. 6, 2021
Rattlesnake
This week in 1929, Phoenix road maintenance crews were provided with first-aid kits and tubes of anti-venom against snake bites after 50 rattlesnakes were killed by road crews within a few days. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
May. 5, 2021
Lisa Magaña Empowered: Latinos Transforming Arizona Politics
The growing power of Latino activists and voters in Arizona politics has been seen in recent elections in the state. As observers wondered whether the impact would truly emerge, people involved in movements have argued it has always been evident.
May. 4, 2021
KJZZ microphone
It isn't just the 50th anniversary of NPR’s All Things Considered. It’s also the year KJZZ turns 70. And before it settled on its name, the station had several others.
May. 3, 2021
1968 opening of I-10 near the Broadway Curve
On May 3, 1971, NPR launched its first original program — All Things Considered. That's also the same year KJZZ became an NPR member station. In honor of the anniversary, take a look back at what Phoenix was like 50 years ago.
KJZZ Wasn't Always KJZZ. Here's How The Station Got Its Name
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May. 3, 2021
Mission San Antonio Paduano del Oquitoa
A binational group met this week to work toward recognizing missions in Arizona and Sonora as important cultural heritage sites.
Apr. 30, 2021
wild horse along the Salt River
This week in in 1897, the Tucson chief of police asked the city council for a horse and saddle or a buggy for patrolling the town, but his request was refused because it would cost $12 a month to feed the horse. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Apr. 28, 2021
This week in 1926, Yuma County Sheriff’s deputies raided a dairy farm and found more moonshine than milk. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Apr. 21, 2021
wild horse along the Salt River
From the wild horses that live along the Salt River to the purebreds of Scottsdale's Arabian Horse Show, Arizona has a longtime association with equines of all kinds. In the April issue of Arizona Highways magazine, journalist Matt Jaffe took a look at the many important roles horses have played in the state's history.
Apr. 19, 2021
burros
This week in 1917, an agricultural conference meeting at the University of Arizona was startled when Dr. A.E. Vinson recommended slaughtering 25,000 wild burros and grinding the meat to make bologna. A collection of the interesting — and sometimes unusual — events that happened this week in Arizona history.
Apr. 15, 2021
a deeper map image
For many generations before Phoenix became Arizona's capital, it was a very diverse place full of canals and fascinating topography. A Deeper Map app allows users to find out more about where they may be currently standing in metro Phoenix — including what ancient canals and farmland looked like.
Apr. 14, 2021
Such and Champ Styles Donkey Kong
The Tempe History Museum has announced that it will reopen to the public with a new exhibit for the big kids — "Video Invaders," which is about the history of arcades and gaming with a view to games of the future.
Apr. 6, 2021
Dorothy Fratt
Dorothy Fratt is an artist renowned for her use of color. The Show spoke with her son, Gregory Fratt, about his mother's legacy.
Mar. 31, 2021
terri cruz
Terri Cruz was one of the founders of Chicanos Por La Causa. She was born in Tucson in 1927 and died in 2017, and during her career was given numerous awards and commendations for her work in the community.
Mar. 24, 2021
exterior of building
Phoenix is accepting offers to redevelop a former bank building. The 1.55-acre property on 24th Street between Jefferson and Washington streets was designed by Kenneth Oberg and built in 1966 to house a First National Bank of Arizona branch.
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Mar. 23, 2021
Arizona Highways
For nearly 100 years, Arizona Highways magazine has captured the history and culture of the state. Their latest achievement: They’ve now digitized every issue of the storied magazine.
Mar. 11, 2021

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