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Wild West to Wild Hollywood

Sep 6, 2017 9:43:16 AM

By Joe Webster

How many of us played “cowboys and Indians” when we were young?  Did we love the western movies when we could tell the good guys from the bad guys?  I suspect that many of us couldn’t wait for the next installment of the Lone Ranger serial.  The western movie was a staple of movie making since the later part of the 19th century.  It continues even today.

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Posted in 2017 By Tom Schmidt

By Murray Smolens

Granite City. Goodwin. Audubon. Gimletville. Azatlan. Long-forgotten Arizona ghost towns? Actually, without the determination of first territorial secretary Richard McCormick and his supporters, one of these could have been of the name of the first territorial capital. Instead, the town was named for a now-obscure 19th-century historian who never visited the area.

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Posted in 2017 By Tom Schmidt

by Barbara Patton

Last week’s article left Joseph Walker with his tired and weary men high in the Sierra Mountains facing the formidable Yosemite Valley.  Although they tried, they couldn’t find a way to descend to the valley floor, so they followed the western ridge until they found an Indian path leading down the western side of the mountains.  Now able to find game to fuel their famished bodies and with Walker’s assurances the Pacific Ocean was not far away, the men’s spirits lifted. 

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Posted in 2017 By Tom Schmidt

by Barbara Patton

Most Prescott residents know there is a Walker Road named after the man who in 1863 led an expedition up the Hassayampa River in search of gold — the discovery of which contributed to the founding of Prescott in May 1864.  However, Joseph Rutherford Walker was known for many other accomplishments before he led that last expedition of his career. Most importantly he was a man who garnered great respect from his fellow mountaineers, some of whom became much more famous than the quiet unassuming Joe Walker; although those who knew him proclaimed him one of the best.

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Posted in 2017 By Tom Schmidt

By Erik Berg

In popular culture, beer and whiskey are the traditional drinks of the Old West.  I have yet to see a western movie where the grizzled cowboy bellies up to the bar and asks the barkeep to recommend a nice bottle of wine – perhaps something French – that would pair well with venison and biscuits.  But wine was popular too on the western frontier and often promoted by establishments as a mark of quality and distinction.  In Prescott, the numerous saloons and merchants advertising in the Weekly Arizona Miner frequently enticed readers with the popular refrain of “Wine, Liquor, and Cigars.”  Located on Gurley Street, the Arizona Brewery and Saloon started offering “Imported Wines” as early as 1868, but they were soon followed by the Montezuma, the Oriental, Kearney's Sample Room, and many others.

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Posted in 2017 By Tom Schmidt

Dodging the Draft

Aug 2, 2017 9:13:13 AM

By Mick Woodcock

When Congress passed the Selective Service Act of 1917, it was in response to an enlistment of 73,000 men when the need was for ten times that amount. The low enlistment rate might have provided a clue as to the popularity of President Wilson’s war, but once the law was enacted, many men enlisted in the branch of their choice rather than waiting to be called up.

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Posted in 2017 By Tom Schmidt

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