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People in Rillito
Colonias are unincorporated areas in the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. Historically, the residents of these colonias are usually of Mexican-American or Mexican nationality, but there’s a colonia just north of Tucson that’s different.
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Apr. 3, 2019
Curley School in Ajo, Arizona
In an old mining town west of Tucson, an arts community is helping rebuild the local economy. The historic Curley School has been transformed into affordable housing — and artists are flocking to the Arizona desert to live there.
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Apr. 2, 2019
Two Guns sign
During Route 66’s heyday, families drove cross country on the "Mother Road" and took in  a variety of roadside attractions from the world’s largest covered wagon in Illinois to a rattlesnake den in Oklahoma. In Arizona, many stopped halfway between Flagstaff and Winslow at a spooky ghost town called Two Guns.
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Apr. 1, 2019
women of the west series banner
Arizona boasts of many women who’ve made history both here and on the national stage. It’s easy to name the Sandra Day O'Connors and Rose Moffords — but what about those who are lesser known?
Mar. 19, 2019
tractor kicking up dust
In Arizona’s business community, we often hear the line that our number one trading partner is Mexico. But the impact of Mexican workers in our state also has shaped our state’s economy for longer than our state has been a state.
Nov. 1, 2018
It's an intense process that involves trucks, closed roads and even completely dismantling entire buildings — but the United States is really good at it.
Sep. 17, 2018
Bisbee Deporation March
The roundup began just after dawn, 100 years ago today in Bisbee. A posse made up of hastily deputized local residents had a list of striking miners and sympathizers. They banged on the doors of homes and boarding houses. It was the beginning of the Bisbee Deportation — a large-scale kidnapping.
Jul. 12, 2017
Beautiful Shiner
Arizona is home to dozens of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. Here's a timeline that shows when each threatened or endangers species was added to the list.
Apr. 20, 2016
Arizona State Fair
This state venue has been a gathering place for decades. As a matter-of-fact it’s been an entertainment spot even before Arizona was a state.
Aug. 21, 2015
winged victory statue
You’ve probably driven past the building and barely noticed — yet she’s been there for more than a century.
Jun. 26, 2015
Davis-Monthan Boneyard
Arizona has many unique places. It has one of the largest canyons, largest solar telescope –- and the only military boneyard in the United States.
Apr. 17, 2015
State Rep. Kate Brophy McGee (left), Victoria Smith and Marshall Trimble.
All U.S. states have a nickname. Arizona also has one, sort of. Arizona has been known as the Grand Canyon State — but it took decades to make it official.
Feb. 27, 2015
Ernest McFarland
Sen. Ernest McFarland is the only Arizona public service member who served several branches of Arizona government. And among some historians he’s also known as one of the most important figures to have helped divert an economic shortfall after World War II.
Jan. 2, 2015
capital on wheels
During the 19th century Arizona’s legislative body was a traveling office. It moved between the northern and southern part of the state so often it eventually got a nickname.
Sep. 26, 2014
Sunnyslope mountain
More than a century ago people came to the hot, dry Phoenix climate to recover from all sorts of pulmonary ailments — tuberculosis, for instance. Today, one of the places that was popular back then became a town of its own.
Sep. 12, 2014
Phoenix air marker
You may have driven past it — the white Phoenix sign with an arrow directing you westward. It sits on Usery Mountain in northeast Mesa. Did you know the giant Phoenix word has decorated Usery Mountain since the 1950s?
Apr. 11, 2014
 “Waiting for Their Stars” illustration
More than 100 years ago, Arizona became the last of the contiguous U.S. states to be signed into statehood, but it did not happen so easily Arizona had a bumpy road to statehood.
Feb. 14, 2014
Tovrea Castle
The house was built in 1929 as a resort. After years of restoration, the castle that sits on a hill in the middle of Phoenix has become a visitors' destination, Tovrea Castle.   The path leading up to the front of the castle.
Sep. 6, 2013
U.S. and Arizona flag
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the Union. Manifest Destiny was already assured since California had joined the union more than 60 years earlier. So, as far as Washington, D.C. was concerned, adding Arizona was not a pressing issue.
Feb. 14, 2012


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