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  • The History of Tourism

    Tourism is a multibillion-dollar industry in Arizona, fed by golfers, sightseers and baseball fans. But 100 years ago, winter visitors were tuberculosis patients looking for a breath of fresh air. Oddly enough, it was their sanatoriums that gave way to luxury resorts like the Biltmore. 

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  • Citrus in Arizona

    Grapefruits, oranges, lemons … there was a time in the late 1930s when Arizona was one of the nation's leading producers of citrus. Although the numbers have dwindled,the state still ranks third in tangerine production

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  • Girl Scouts

    Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils … cookies get most of the attention when it comes to Girl Scouts, but the state's 40,000 members do more than schlep boxed goods. They're young leaders in our communities, and this year, they're celebrating the organization's 100th anniversary.

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  • Del Webb

    Sun City, the well-known retirement community on the west side of metropolitan Phoenix, put Del Webb on the map and launched his career as one of the largest land developers in the world. It was quite a feat for a guy who started out as a carpenter at the Westward Ho.

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  • The History of Flagstaff

    Because of its proximity to the Grand Canyon and its address on Historic Route 66, Flagstaff is well-known around the world. There was a time, however, when it took hyperbole to get people to the Northern Arizona town with the unusual name.

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  • Strawberry School

    August is when most kids start thinking about going back to school. It's not always a pleasant thought, but a late-summer visit to the Strawberry Schoolhouse is different. It comes with a lot of history, but no history exams

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  • Shamrock Farms

    What began as a small farm with 20 cows and a Model T for making deliveries has grown into one of the largest family owned dairies in the United States. This month, Shamrock Farms celebrates 90 years of making milk.

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  • Frances Munds and Women’s Suffrage

    Looking back on the recent election, and the large number of female voters, it's hard to imagine a time when women weren't allowed to cast a ballot. Thanks to Frances Munds, women in Arizona got that right almost a decade before the passage of the 19th Amendment.

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  • Olive Oatman

    Those people who walked 10 miles to school every day in the snow haven't got anything on Olive Oatman, who was abducted by Indians, forced into slavery and given a blue tattoo on her chin.

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  • Arizona’s State Flag

    Although Arizona was granted statehood in 1912, it didn't have a state flag until 1917. It took a while, but today, the red, yellow and blue banner with a copper star in the middle is considered one of the most beautiful flags in America.

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  • Eulalia Bourne

    If you think teachers have it tough today — and they do —  imagine life in the 1930s at a remote school near  the foot of the Baboquivari Mountains.

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