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Arizona Highways
For nearly 100 years, Arizona Highways magazine has captured the history and culture of the state. Their latest achievement: They’ve now digitized every issue of the storied magazine.
Mar. 11, 2021
JFA Jodie Foster's Army skate punk band 1986
In 1981, a group of Phoenix musicians from various punk bands coalesced to form Arizona’s contribution to the West Coast punk scene — Jodie Foster’s Army. The band has released numerous albums, and bootlegged cassettes of their shows from the early '80s continue to be traded by aficionados. The band celebrates their 40th anniversary this year.
Mar. 2, 2021
The Cady Lumber Company store
History buffs likely have heard of “The Great Migration” of African Americans from the Jim Crow South into the Northeast and Midwest between 1916 and 1970. But many aren’t aware that migration also included Arizona and the West.
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Feb. 22, 2021
Arizona's flag
Arizona Statehood Day is Feb. 14 — this year will mark Arizona’s 109th as a state. And things were, as you might imagine, a lot different around this time in 1912 than they are today. In 1912, there were 16 daily newspapers published in Arizona and 46 weeklies; that was with a population of around 206,000.
Q&AZ: What Headlines Were In Newspapers In 1912 Besides Statehood?
Feb. 12, 2021
Scott Nelson's air raid siren.
To Midwestern transplants, the sound signifies an impending tornado. But to Phoenix natives, the wail of one of Maricopa County's old civil defense sirens just meant it was noon on Saturday. Collectors — and Midwestern towns — are now giving Phoenix's once-loud warning system a new life.
Oct. 19, 2020
The archive of photos negatives inside
Photographer Robert Markow died in 2009, but he was considered by many to be the gold standard of photographers. Known as the “Dean of Arizona Photographers” by his peers, Markow photographed almost everything and everyone in post-war Arizona. Now, his son, Paul Markow, is trying to preserve his father’s photographic legacy.
Video: Go Inside The Vault
Aug. 6, 2020
A mural at Mercado de Guadalupe
You’ve probably heard of the town of Guadalupe: the tiny community wedged between Interstate 10 and the city of Tempe. And if you’ve never visited, you’ve most likely zoomed past it. KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie takes us to Guadalupe, where she met several community members. They talked to her about the pride they feel about their community, their culture and their hope for the future.
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Feb. 13, 2020
Clay Greathouse
How can you live a frontier lifestyle long after the frontier has closed? In 2020, it involves solar panels, composting toilets, and rainwater harvesting. Those are hallmarks of the “off-grid” lifestyle, which allows a homeowner to separate from the electric, water, and even food grid and provide for him or herself.
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Feb. 13, 2020
curling team plays a game
It’s a cross between shuffleboard and bowling — on ice. And, ever since the U.S. won Olympic gold in 2018, the sport of curling has been gaining in popularity. But long before that, curling has thrived from a devoted following right here in the desert at a curling club in Tempe that recently hosted its own championship tournament.
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Feb. 12, 2020
Arizona’s mountains, cinder cones and lava fields attest to the state’s wild geological youth. But those with an ear to the ground know the state’s seismic days are far from over.
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Feb. 11, 2020
Immaculate Heart Church
Arizona became a state 108 years ago this week. KJZZ is honoring the state with another season of Untold Arizona. This is the story of a church in Phoenix with roots going back almost as far as Arizona’s statehood. It's a sanctuary built out of a history of hardship for Phoenix’s Hispanic community.
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Feb. 10, 2020
Sparky Wilbur Wilma Louie Mascots
The University of Arizona kept live bobcats as mascots through the 1950s. The pope once made ASU cover up all the Sun Devil images and references at Sun Devil Stadium. And NAU's Lumberjack mascot took his name from a song the students couldn't get enough of.
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Feb. 7, 2020
Tony Norris
Many people in the Southwest claim they have seen La Llorona or the weeping woman. People have spotted her along the Rio de Flag in Flagstaff all the way down to the San Pedro River near Tucson.
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Feb. 3, 2020
Sonoran Bass Fishing
San Pedro de la Cueva is about as remote a corner of vast, sparsely populated Sonora as there is. Nevertheless, Arizona and other U.S. bass anglers have been heading there for decades to enjoy the spectacular scenery, laid back way of life and — of course — top-notch fishing. In the latest installment of our Untold Arizona series, KJZZ goes to the waters of the El Novillo reservoir.
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Jan. 29, 2020
1898 photo of members of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
ASU Now reporter Scott Seckel dug deep into the history of the Rough Riders, beginning on the steps of what is now ASU's Old Main, where President Theodore Roosevelt came to give a speech.
Jul. 9, 2019
In the 1950s and '60s, Arizona tourists and Hollywood stars filled the stands in the old bullring in Nogales, Sonora, to see some of the world’s most famous bullfighters perform just south of the Arizona border. Those days are gone, but for many, the memories remain.
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Apr. 12, 2019
Desert Archaeology
Arizona has only been a state for about 100 years, but people of course have been living in this region for thousands. This is evident in the ground stones they left behind.
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Apr. 11, 2019
Cows in a field
Arizona’s warm climate, financial incentives and varied geography have long attracted filmmakers to the state. The 1955 movie-musical "Oklahoma!" was filmed in the San Rafael Valley, a small patch of land in southern Arizona about 40 miles east of Nogales.
📷 An Aerial View Of The San Rafael Valley
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Apr. 11, 2019
Painter and muralist Yescka outside the iconic Santo Domingo church in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico
How one street artist commemorated the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager who was shot by a Border Patrol agent just across the fence in Nogales, Arizona.
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Apr. 10, 2019
Sunken Sonoran Pueblos
In the mid-1960s, the waters of a dam in the northern Mexican state of Sonora overwhelmed three small towns. More than half a century later, many are still working to preserve the memory of what happened — and what was lost.
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Apr. 10, 2019

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