Miracle On An Orphan Train To Arizona

Orphan Street Urchins

In late 19th & early 20th century New York, newly arrived Irish Catholics were considered low-class by other ethnically “Anglo-Saxon” groups, such as German, English, & Dutch, who were mostly Protestant.

The Irish

“Low-class” is perhaps too mild a term. The Irish were considered hardly better than Negroes, whom most whites believed were sub-human. Odd as it may seem to us today, the fair-skinned, blonde or red-headed Irish were not considered white in an era when white supremacy was a given.

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Klondyke Arizona: (Almost) Ghost Town

Klondyke Arizona: Restored Cabin of Jeff Power.

Klondyke is a near-ghost town in western Graham County. In the second decade of the 21st century, the only roads out there are still unpaved. The Klondyke cemetery is just southeast of town. There you will find the graves of the Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Power and his family. Few know the sad story of these […]

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Family Fun: Día de los Muertos at the Art Museum

All Souls Procession 2011

FREE! On Sunday, November 1, 2015, our Tucson Museum of Art will help us all celebrate the Annual Día de los Muertos from 12 PM to 3 PM in the Museum’s courtyards, plaza and lobby. This is definitely a family-fun event. There will be a community altar, altars decorated by … Continue reading

Ajo, AZ: A Small Town With A Big Back Yard

Ajo public art

Ajo? To my under-educated mind, Ajo was just a little Sonoran Desert burg somewhere way, way west of Tucson. Having spent a recent (October 2015) weekend there, I have a far greater appreciation of this place that Ajo-ites refer to as “A Small Town With A Big Back Yard”. And … Continue reading

Send Some Apaches To New York. That’ll Show ‘Em!

Chiricahua Apaches 1886

Like so many others, I enjoy local histories. Understanding history is how I get a sense of the places and people I visit as I travel around Baja Arizona creating my videos, photographs, stories, and reviews to share with you on my Southern Arizona Guide. Of late, I have been reading extensively about the Apache […]

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Catrinas and the Day of the Dead

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The Catrina became part of Day of the Dead around the time of the Mexican Revolution. Today you always see her in the celebrations. Day of the Dead evolved from ancient Aztec celebrations and was modified when the Catholics missionaries arrived in the New World. The Catrina is a recent … Continue reading

Pointleaf Manzanita of the Sky Islands


The Pointleaf Manzanita is very distinctive due to its red bark. Translated it means “Little Apple”. What the video and you will see why. Manzanita can be found near Windy Point on Mt.Lemmon and in the chaparral of the Huachucas. In this video produced by Mike Foster, Vincent Pinto, biologist, … Continue reading

Geronimo’s Autobiography – Excerpts From His 1905 Book

Geronimo age 74, a celebrity

(Italics are my comments to assist readers in understanding the fuller context. jg) DEDICATORY Geronimo: The True Story of America’s Most Ferocious Warrior Because he has given me permission to tell my story; because he has read that story and knows I try to speak the truth; because I believe … Continue reading