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The Dirty Drummer Restaurant & Spirits sign
But in 2018, the last location of the Dirty Drummer was set to close until Dana Armstrong, whose father co-founded chain, stepped in to save the dive bar and restore it to its former glory.
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Feb. 22, 2023
Longtime Arizona travel writer Roger Naylor has written hiking guides, driving guides and guides to the state parks of Arizona. And now, he’s out with a new book that takes a slightly different tack. "Awesome Arizona: 200 Amazing Facts about the Grand Canyon State" is almost an encyclopedia of interesting tidbits about the state.
Feb. 20, 2023
The joining of the tracks in Promontory, Utah
Hundreds of rail workers, politicians, railway executives and curious onlookers gathered in Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869, to watch four railmen drive the final four spikes into railroad ties, marking the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in North America.
Feb. 9, 2023
Arizona Coyotes Mullett Arena
Phoenix is a city of transplants. Most of us come from somewhere else, yet our stories are pretty much the same. But a lot of people who move here never really let go of the place they came from — and that includes their favorite teams.
Feb. 7, 2023
Kenichi Zenimura
A new exhibit at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe explores “America’s Pastime” through the lens of World War 2 Japanese internment camps in the U.S. — two of which were in Arizona.
Jan. 31, 2023
February is Black History Month across the United States. But how is it being examined in Arizona? It depends who you ask — keeping in mind the few answers which show up in a single story about the topic certainly shouldn't be considered exhaustive.
More coverage of race and diversity
Jan. 31, 2023
Fort Mojave Twins geoglyphs
Geoglyphs are massive etchings on the land found found all over the world, including in Arizona, where development can threaten their preservation.
Jan. 26, 2023
The Boeing 747
It's a plane that costs more than $400 million new. So it was surprising to industry insiders when, last month, a virtually new Boeing 747-8 was sent to the Pinal Airpark boneyard in Marana to be scrapped for parts.
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Jan. 25, 2023
The bust of Don Bolles
Hank Stephenson is the co-founder of the substack the Arizona Agenda. He, along with co-founder Rachel Leingang, are working to get lawmakers to pass a bill that would establish a monument to slain Arizona journalist Don Bolles at the state Capitol.
Jan. 19, 2023
Ladimir Kwiatkowski as Ladmo (from left), Bill Thompson as Wallace and Pat McMahon as Gerald
If you missed your shot at a Ladmo Bag as a kid, now’s your chance. AZTV Channel 7 began airing old episodes of the “The Wallace & Ladmo Show,” a beloved Arizona kids’ show, on Jan. 1.
More Arizona arts and entertainment
Jan. 18, 2023
a digital model for the Arizona Jewish Historical Society's Holocaust learning center
A measure that requires Arizona students to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh grade and high school graduation was signed into law over a year ago. Now, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society is working to open a new Holocaust education center in Phoenix by 2025.
Jan. 16, 2023
warren stewart
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Arizona’s first observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Jan. 16, 2023
University of Arizona Old Main
The African American Museum of Southern Arizona had its grand opening this weekend, ahead of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Jan. 16, 2023
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964
On this holiday celebrating the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., people are remembering his legacy in many ways. One of those instances was his famous visit to Phoenix and Tempe about a month prior to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Arizona marks 30 years of observing MLK Day
Jan. 15, 2023
The Casa Grande Domes
The mysterious concrete domes rising up from the desert near Casa Grande are no more. Demolition on the abandoned, crumbling structures just south of Interstate 8 on Thornton Road began Monday, Pinal County confirmed on Tuesday. The domes have long been an Arizona curiosity, featured by travel websites such as Atlas Obscura.
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Jan. 10, 2023
corn  in field
A major development coming to southwest Phoenix involves turning a 100-year-old farmhouse into a restaurant.
Jan. 5, 2023
Newborn baby girl sleeping in a maternity ward at a hospital
As 2022 comes to a close, we look back on the most popular baby names, as released by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Things have changed a lot since Jacob and Jessica topped the list.
Dec. 26, 2022
Archaeologist Jupiter Martinez oversees the effort to protect and restore the Cocóspera Mission
At an aging mission in northern Sonora, each passing year brings more damage to an invaluable historic site. There have been many attempts to protect what remains, but some involved say the current effort is the most promising to date.
Dec. 21, 2022
Coming up on this Season 8-ender of Word, we go on a show bender with highlights spanning the entire run-of-show from where it started on the island of Guam in 2016 until now.
Dec. 11, 2022
Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building
During the pandemic, a lot of businesses re-imagined themselves. But historians were also affected by the pandemic. Much of their work is done in libraries and archives, places where lockdowns didn’t get a lot of publicity.
Dec. 9, 2022


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