Arizona Centennial

-Arizona Centennial
4:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

100 Years of the Expanding Universe

Sign on drive up to Lowell Observatory
Mark Bevis

Say you wanted to find a place in Flagstaff where a scientist made a major discovery.

It would be a good bet to start at the Lowell Observatory.

“Well right now we’re sitting inside the Clark Telescope dome at Lowell Observatory.” 

That’s Kevin Schindler.

He works at Lowell doing public outreach.

He also loves history….especially about Lowell.

And the story about Vesto M. Slipher is a good one.

“Vesto Slipher was a country boy from Indiana.”  

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-Arizona Centennial
4:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

100 Years of Ranching in Arizona

Casey Murph
Scott Baxter

As we look back over 100 years of Arizona's statehood this year, it would be a serious omission not to consider one of the traditional cornerstones of Arizona's economy - ranching.

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-Arizona Centennial
4:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Legacy of Arizona's Populist Movement

"Politics, Labor and the War on Big Business", by David Berman, published by University Press of Colorado, 2012.

Here’s a test of your Arizona history.

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-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.
Unknown

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
5:30 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Locals recall memories on Arizona's birthday

Joe Meehan and Les Roe rang the Emerson School bell at Flagstaff Pioneer Museum 100 times to mark Arizona's 100th birthday Tuesday.

The museum is hosting a day-long birthday party with a new Centennial exhibit by NAU history students.

Meehan, curator of Arizona Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum, says in 1912, Flagstaff was a booming frontier town with a population around 2,000.

“The lumber yard was up and running. It was growing, the university was here, the observatory was here,” he says.

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-Arizona Centennial
5:30 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Marine color guard honors Arizona's Centennial

Members of Flagstaff's Marine Color Guard, from left, Pat Carr, Johnny Anaya, and John H. Yazzie, honor Arizona's 100th birthday at the Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.
Shelley Smithson

Snow hung on pine branches as Flagstaff’s Marine Color Guard honored Arizona’s centennial this morning at the Pioneer Museum.

Locals visited the museum throughout the day where a new Centennial exhibit is on display.

The exhibit is a preview of a larger exhibit planned for the spring.

It will showcase each decade of Flagstaff’s history.

Sixty eight-year-old color guard member Johnny Anaya was born and raised in Flagstaff.

He says his favorite memories are of the Flagstaff All-Indian Powwow, which occurred every Fourth of July between 1929 and 1980.

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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
5:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Amateurs Bring History to Grand Canyon Symposium

Red Wolf

Grand Canyon enthusiasts celebrated Arizona’s centennial recently with a History Symposium at the South Rim.  And some of the most interesting research came from amateur historians in love with the Canyon.

Dennis Foster teaches applied macro-economics at Northern Arizona University.  That’s his day job.  He spends his free time studying Grand Canyon and its history. For the past 15 years Foster has been investigating the 1882 – 83 Charles Walcott expedition.   

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-Arizona Centennial
5:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Arizona Highways Celebrates 100 Years of Arizona

If you’re a regular subscriber to Arizona Highways Magazine, you probably noticed something different in the February Issue.

Instead of the colorful photographs of mountains and canyons that have made the magazine famous, it's filled with black and white pictures of cities and cars.

The issue celebrates Arizona's 100 years of statehood.

Robert Stieve, Executive Editor of Arizona Highways, told KNAU's John Stark, the issue was great fun to put together.

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