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Gunfights of the Arizona Rangers

Half an hour before midnight on October 23, 1904, Joe Bostwick slipped through the rear door of the Palace Saloon in Tucson, Arizona Territory. His face was shrouded in a red bandana, complete with eyeholes, and he brandished a long-barreled Colt .45. “Hands up!” he shouted. Four regulars were on duty in the Palace: a […]

Arizona And The Great Flood of 1862

The Great Flood of 1862 was the largest flood in the recorded history of Oregon, Nevada, and California, occurring from December 1861 to January 1862. It was preceded by weeks of continuous rains and snows in the very high elevations that began in Oregon in November 1861 and continued into January 1862. This was followed […]

Goodyear Auxiliary Army Air Field Number Six – A Lost Ghost Airfield

Goodyear Auxiliary Army Air Field Number Six was built in 1943 as one of a large number of satellite airfields for Luke AAF, which was the largest single-engine advanced training base in the world during WW2. According to a 1992 Army Corps of Engineers Report, the Goodyear Field property consisted of a total of 1,159 […]

William “Curly Bill” Brocius Deadliest Arizona Gunfighter

The Wild West is well known for its colorful history, and it’s often portrayed as a place that was replete with saloons, gambling, and gunfights. And whether lawmen or outlaws – nobody was anyone in the Old West unless they knew how to handle a gun. Some applied their skills as gunslingers to robbing trains, […]

Olive Oatman, the Pioneer Girl With The Blue Tattoos

Olive Oatman’s family wanted more from life and the West was were freedom was.   About a century and a half ago, some Native American tribes of the Southwest used facial tattoos as spiritual rites of passage. Through a series of strange tragedies (and some possible triumphs), a white Mormon teenager who was traveling with her […]

Buckeye Farming History Is As Rich As The Soil

From Hohokam Indians to a Hollywood producer Buckeye farming has grown, exploded, and almost disappeared.   Farming has been vital to its success and failures. The first known permanent inhabitants of Maricopa County, Arizona were the Hohokam Indians, ancestors of the present—day Papago-Pima Indians. Various nomadic Indian tribes inhabited the area As early as 9,000 […]

Hobo Joe and The History of The Statue

Monroe Avenue in Downtown Buckeye has a Hobo. This Hobo was once famous for its association with a string of restaurants called Hobo Joe Restaurants. They were best known for good hearty food at a very fair price. From the Buckeye Main Street Coalition website: An e-mail from Kevin Casey, whose father Jim Casey built […]

The Early Days of Buckeye Az

Researching the complete history of Buckeye Az is a project larger than we expected.   This is the beginning of the long process. On September 1, 1877, a party consisting of six men, three women, and ten children left their homes in Creston, Iowa bound for Arizona. Thomas Newt Clanton and the pioneers made their […]

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