Fred DuVal

Fred DuVal is a long-time Arizona civic leader and businessman, who began his career under Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt. DuVal was captivated by Babbitt’s knowledge of Arizona and his peculiar habit of stopping in old cemeteries as they traveled the state, which deepened his interest in state history. DuVal has served in a number of public leadership roles including Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under the Clinton Administration, as commissioner on the Arizona Commerce and Economic Development Commission, and as chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents responsible for guiding the growth of Arizona's three public universities. He co-authored the book Calling Arizona Home, with Lisa Schnebly Heidinger in 2005. The book describes who we are as Arizonans and the common threads that unite us across all parts of the state and all walks of life.

 

-Arizona Centennial
12:47 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Arizona Centennial Minute: Ranches

Some of [Aztec's] Punchers." Aztec Land & Cattle Company, Holbrook, Ariz. Terr. By Ames, 1877--89.

A cowboy in Arizona today is more likely to drive a pickup truck than ride a horse.  But his dusty boots and sweat-stained hat brim can still be found statewide.

Ranches were here before statehood.  One early Spanish land grant brought the Amados family to Southern Arizona in 1711.  Henry Amado still has his great-grandfather’s branding iron. While it isn’t polite to ask a rancher the size of his herd, Amado has to call in a lot of neighbors during roundup not far from the town of Amado, named after his family.

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-Arizona Centennial
5:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Arizona Centennial Minute: Outlaws

Pearl Hart, stage coach robber in Arizona.
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The Wild West loved its outlaws. Two of Arizona’s most famous lived during the 20th century.

Public Enemy Number One -- John Dillinger -- was a bank robber and killer, but he seemed a glamorous figure during the Depression.

Dillinger and his henchmen fled to Tucson in 1934 after killing two guards during an Ohio jailbreak.  The downtown hotel they checked into caught fire that night.

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-Arizona Centennial
5:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Arizona Centennial Minute: The Grand Canyon

Sunset at Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) seen from Yavapai Point
Tobias Alt

The Grand Canyon has always been Arizona’s wonder of the world.

We don’t know who first saw it…

We do know people lived within its walls 10 thousand years ago…

And left salt caves and split twig figures.

One explorer, Joseph Christmas Ives, in 1858…didn’t see the Canyon’s beauty. He said: "Ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last, party of whites to visit this profitless locality.”

But a one-armed Civil War hero, Major John Wesley Powell, saw it differently from the kitchen chair he lashed to the top of a rowboat…

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-Arizona Centennial
12:49 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Arizona Centennial Minute: Bucky O'Neill

Bucky O'Neill Cabin, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
National Park Service inventory

Buckey O’Neill got a lot living done in just 38 years.

Nicknamed for “bucking the tiger” in his favorite card game, he came to Arizona territory at the age of 19.  As a newspaper man in Tombstone, he covered the Earp brothers and may have witnessed the OK Corral shootout.

Then he mined copper at the Grand Canyon, where he built a cabin that still stands.

He served as judge, mayor and sheriff in Yavapai County, and led a posse through Canyon Diablo to capture bandits.

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-Arizona Centennial
12:30 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Arizona Centennial Minute: Statehood

Arizona became a state on Valentine’s Day 1912.

That date was chosen because it marked a half-century since we’d become a territory…Arizona was made a Confederate Territory on February 14th in 1862.

You know, on Statehood day, there wasn’t a lot of fanfare …Gov. George

W. P. Hunt walked more than a mile to the State Capitol to sign the papers.

We do know the occasion of Arizona’s statehood got some brand new media attention…President Taft’s signing of the papers was the first time motion pictures were taken inside the White House.

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