2 Arizona Book Reviews: Chasing Arizona and Dry River

John & Sandy's Rattlesnake Crafts & Gifts. Junk Not For Sale.

Two Book Reviews, One Arizona Author. Chasing Arizona: One Man’s Obsession with the Grand Canyon State. By Ken Lamberton Chasing Arizona is a travelogue by Ken Lambertson about his one-year quest to find all 12 of Arizona’s state symbols in their natural setting: State Flower: Saguaro Blossom; State Bird: Cactus … Continue reading

Cochise and the Battles of Dragoon Springs and Apache Pass

Painting of the Battle of Apache Pass by Joe Beler

Part II – This is the second in a series on the great Chiricahua Chief, Cochise, and his part in the fascinating history of Southern Arizona. For the First Part in the series, Please see the post on Cochise Becomes a “Reservation Indian”. Confederate Soldiers Occupy Tucson In February 1862, … Continue reading

The Wrath of Cochise, by Terry Mort: A Book Review

General George Armstrong Custer

Most Americans know at least a little about Custer’s Last Stand, also known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The incident has an epic quality worthy of Homer’s Illiad or Virgil’s Aeneid. The battle took place on June 25th & 26th, 1876 between the combined forces of the Lakoda, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes […]

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Tucson’s Historic Rialto Theatre: Old meets Young

Rialto Theatre 1925

Tucson’s Historic Rialto Theatre and its sister, the Fox Theatre at the other end of Downtown’s Entertainment District, are Tucson gems. We are delighted that caring people with civic foresight were able to save and restore these two historic entertainment venues. Let us not forget the third one. The venerable Temple … Continue reading

The Second Anza Expedition: Journey of a Lifetime!

Anza at Tubac Presidio

In 1775, along the East Coast of North America between what would become the states of New Hampshire and Georgia, America’s founding fathers were busy fomenting rebellion against the King of England, ruler of the 18th century’s global superpower. In the Western region of the North American continent, what is … Continue reading

Colonel William C. Greene and a Death in the Family

William Cornell Greene

William C. Greene was born in Wisconsin in 1852 (or maybe 53). Greene spent his most productive years in Sonora, Mexico. However, we can reasonably conclude that, between 1890 and 1910, he was one of the richest and most influential men in Cochise County, Arizona Territory. Most folks referred to … Continue reading

Historic Downtown Tucson: A Collection of Picture Postcards

Tucson, Arizona: 2013.

As a “city”, Tucson really came into its own in the first decade of the 20th century, even though the city was legally incorporated in 1877. It never amounted to anything of importance until the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1880. The railroad connected Tucson to the outside world. It brought hardware, lumber, and fresh produce at affordable prices. Even today, you can see how the architecture of the city changed after the arrival of the railroad. 

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