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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The Education of a Notorious Gambler & Gunman!

Sophie Walton

Sophie Walton was born a slave on a Georgia plantation in 1856. Her master was a Mr. Walton. In 1864, Mr. Walton could no longer keep his slaves. The Union Army had freed them and he could not afford to pay for their labor. To his credit, Mr. Walton did … Continue reading

Tour Pearce AZ: A (Sometimes Lively) Ghost Town!

Ms. Karen feeds goats at Marcia's Garden

Southern Arizona Guide is leading a tour to the ghost town of Pearce, AZ the Saturday after Thanksgiving. On our travels we will enjoy wine tasting at Golden Rule Vineyards and lunch & libations at an Old West saloon in beautiful Texas Canyon. You are welcome to join us. ********************* … Continue reading

Cities & Towns That Time Forgot!

Restored Silver King Hotel, Florence AZ

Southern Arizona has many interesting cities & towns that are ripe with nostalgia; perfect for you older folks who want to remember the “Good Ol’ Days”, or you younger folks who want to find out what the old folks were talking about. Here are our recommendations for historic places only … 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

Thar be History in Bisbee’s Evergreen Cemetery


Cemeteries are a great place to find history and Bisbee definitely has that. A visit to the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum will orient a new visitor. This year (2015) we went to Bisbee to go to the Cemetery Tour to learn more about the history of the people that … Continue reading

The Day Amelia Earhart Dropped In For Dinner

Amelia Earhart

(Annie Larkin is one lucky lady. As curator of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, she gets to hunt through old cases & drawers in this wonderful old building in search of hidden treasures, such as the story below. Reproduced with permission.) In September of 1928, Amilia Earhart was one … 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