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A small sail boat traverses the water at Golder Lake while children play by the shore northwest of Tucson in July, 1972. The lake, developed by Lloyd Golder III, was a 260-acre recreational lake that cost more than $1 million. When it was completed it was expected to stretch one-and-a-half miles across and be 120-feet deep at its lowest point. The dam was later breached in 1980.

 Golder Lake was a privately funded 260-acre recreational lake behind an earthen dam constructed by Lloyd Golder III at a cost of $1 million in the early 1960s. Golder envisioned it as the centerpiece of a multimillion-dollar real estate development. The lake was two miles north of the Pima-Pinal County line on the Cañada del Oro wash behind what is now SaddleBrooke. It swelled with runoff from the Santa Catalina Mountains. The state ordered the dam breached in 1980 because it was leaking and officials were concerned it could collapse .

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Throwback Thursday: Golder Lake and dam, 1963-1980

Throwback Thursday: Golder Lake and dam, 1963-1980

An aerial view of Golder Dam, background, on the Canyon del Oro Wash and the lake behind it, looking south-southwest, in February, 1979, after winter storms produced runoff.

Recreational lake was dream of developer Lloyd Golder in NW Tucson.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: Photographer Mike Christy

Photos: Photographer Mike Christy

Azayliah Perez, 9, looks away as pediatric nurse Sherryanne Paul-John, left, draws blood from a port in her chest while mom Desiree Mendonza holds her up during monthly blood tests to keep tabs of her white blood cell count at the Diamond Children's Medical Center on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz. While her leukemia is in remission, Azayliah only has to make monthly visits to ensure the cancer is kept at bay, as opposed to the years right after her diagnosis when she was admitted to the center.

Arizona Daily Star photographer Mike Christy was named 2014 Photographer of the Year by the Arizona Newspapers Association and Arizona Associated Press.

September 22, 2014 10:33 am Photos

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Photos: Arizona coach Lute Olson turns 80

Photos: Arizona coach Lute Olson turns 80

UA basketball head coach Lute Olson and player Sean Elliott during their game against USC in 1989.

A history of UA basketball coach Lute Olson in pictures, from player to NCAA Championship to retirement.

September 19, 2014 11:30 am Photos

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Photos: Storm cleanup in Nogales, Sonora

Photos: Storm cleanup in Nogales, Sonora

Brothers, Adrian, left and Abraham Montes fill up sand bags handed out by the civil protection unit from Nogales, Sonora after remnants of Hurricane Odile brought heavy rain from Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning. Residents in the Conjunto Jardin neighborhood helped each other shovel sand out of the road and clear muddy water from homes. Photo taken: Thursday September 18, 2014

Residents in the Conjunto Jardin neighborhood cleanup after remnants of Hurricane Odile.

September 18, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Photos: Floods of 1993

Photos: Floods of 1993

Aerial view of the Agua Caliente Wash flowing over Ft. Lowell Road and floods a nearby home. January 8, 1993.

Heavy rains over many days in January, 1993, resulted in flooding throughout Southern Arizona.

September 17, 2014 12:37 pm Photos

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Photos: Devastating floods of 1983

Photos: Devastating floods of 1983

Riverview Country Homes at 3750 N. Country Club are threatened by high water on Oct. 3, 1983. Photo by Emmet Jordan / Arizona Daily Star

The October 1983 flood was the largest flood of record in the Tucson area.

Between 6 ½ to 7 ½ inches of rain fell across the area in five days. The devastation stretched to Clifton/Morenci, Willcox, Safford and Nogales. More than a dozen people died.

September 17, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Photos: Weather Channel's Jim Cantore tracks storm from Tucson

Photos: Weather Channel's Jim Cantore tracks storm from Tucson

With the Catalina Mountains as a backdrop, Jim Cantore, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel and other networks does a live on-air spot for the Weather Channel at the Rillito River Park. Cantore talks about how the effects from Hurricane Odile can bring heavy rain to Tucson on Wednesday and Thursday. Photo taken: Tuesday September 16, 2014 Photo by: Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

The Weather Channel's meteorologist Jim Cantore is in Tucson chasing the impacts of tropical storm Odile.

September 16, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Photos: Annual Fringe Festival

Photos: Annual Fringe Festival

Paco Fish gestures for Sasha Hartzell to rip off his shirt as part of his show, "Burlesque Vanguard – Advice from a Homeless Stripper/Clown" during the fourth annual Fringe Festival at Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street. The Fringe Festival hosts new plays by playwrights and one-man shows. The festival continues today at Hotel Congress and Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 414 E 9th Street. For more information go to www.tucsonfringe.org Photo taken: Saturday September 13, 2014

Fourth Annual Fringe Festival features plays and one-man shows.

September 13, 2014 6:32 pm Photos

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Photos: 9/11 Tower Challenge

Photos: 9/11 Tower Challenge

Firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department led over 300 law enforcement, firefighters, military personnel and residents in the first 9/11 Tower Challenge at Arizona Stadium early Thursday morning. Participants climbed 2,071 steps to memorialize the first responders who climbed stairs to save people at the World Trade Center in New York City. The event was hosted by the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation and proceeds from the stair climb will be given between the 100 Club of Arizona and the Arizona Fisher House in Tucson. Photo taken: Thursday September 11, 2014

The first 9/11 Tower Challenge took place at Arizona Stadium Thursday morning. 

September 11, 2014 10:59 am Photos

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Throwback Thursday: UA Rush Week in 1968

Throwback Thursday: UA Rush Week in 1968

Stephanie Light, right, greets a fellow sorority sister during Rush Week at University of Arizona in Sept. 1968.

Sorority pledges embrace members during Rush Week at University of Arizona in 1968.

September 10, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Throwback Thursday: Sabino Lake in 1951

Throwback Thursday: Sabino Lake in 1951

People fish in the lake at Sabino Canyon north of Tucson in May, 1951, after it was stocked with trout for the first time.

The lake in Sabino Canyon was deepened and stocked with trout  in 1951 for hungry fishermen.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: Cronan the Barbarian

Photos: Cronan the Barbarian

Armen Dirtadian (General Ataxia) has costume designer Renee Cloutier help with an adjustment during a dress rehearsal performance of Cronan the Barbarian on Wednesday at The Gaslight Theatre. The show runs Sept. 4 through Nov. 9 with shows Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Photos from The Gaslight Theatre's production of Cronan the Barbarian.

September 03, 2014 10:52 pm Photos

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Photos: Summer Beach Party

Photos: Summer Beach Party

As Danica Oliver, 8, left, patiently waits her turn, face-painter Becky Renfrow of The Wonderfools picks out colors to paint a night sky design for 10-year-old Mara Hawk-Stein at The Summer Beach Party at the MLK Lot on Saturday in downtown. Organizers made the summer pop-up beach with a sand volleyball court, trees, artificial grass and chairs to relax until the end of August with hopes of making it an annual event.

Photos from the Summer Beach Party at the MLK Lot in downtown.

August 30, 2014 9:49 pm Photos

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Burning Man festival

Burning Man festival

Burning Man participants walk through dust at the annual Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev., on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Burning Man participants walk through dust at the annual Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev., on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Organizers call Burning Man the largest outdoor arts festival in North America, with its drum circles, decorated art cars, guerrilla theatrics and colorful theme camps. 

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Throwback Thursday: A night at the old 84 Truck Center

Throwback Thursday: A night at the old 84 Truck Center

Long-haul truckers take a break for some coffee, food and if they have time, a shower at the 84 Truck Center at 3320 N. Casa Grande Highway in June, 1959.

(Click on photo for slide show.) In 1959, long-haul trucking was dark and dangerous along U.S. 80, the two-lane highway through Tucson that was replaced by Interstate 10. The oasis on the road was a truck stop, like the 84 Truck Center, then at 3320 N. Casa Grande Highway, south of Prince Road. Tucson Citizen photographer Lew Raizk spent a night there in 1959. The 84 Truck Center stop eventually became Crazy Fred’s. It was demolished after a fire in 1993. The land is now vacant. 

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Handy night drop for dogs and cats

Handy night drop for dogs and cats

Ray Hanson demonstrates the new night depository for dogs and cats at the Pima County Animal Shelter on Oct. 20, 1956. Lew Raizk / Arizona Daily Star

Ray Hanson demoonstrates the new night depository for dogs and cats at the Pima County Animal Shelter on Oct. 20, 1956. Previously, people would just set the animals loose on the grounds after business hours. Or worse, they would have to make a second trip! Thankfully the dogs the cats went into separate holding pens.

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Museum grant to save collection of irreplaceable images

Museum grant to save collection of irreplaceable images

Jannelle Weakly, curator of the photographic collection at the Arizona State Museum, threads her way through the maze of photos in storage. The small room holds everything from modern transparency slides to old movie reels.

The $48,962 the Arizona State Museum received recently from the National Endowment for the Humanities won’t buy much, but it could go far.

The museum, repository for the state’s archaeological and cultural treasures, will use the money to plan for preservation of its photographic collection, as it recently did with its fiber and ceramic treasures.

It can be a long process. The new pottery vault required $2.4 million in grants and contributions. It took seven years to catalog and conserve the pots, and to build 3,200 square feet of climate-controlled vault and display space.

The museum’s collection of textiles, from baskets to sandals, is walking a similar path.

They are now ensconced in climate-controlled comfort. An exterior exhibition space has yet to be built.

The museum’s photographs, meanwhile, are stored as best they can be in museum-quality sleeves and boxes, but in conditions that speed their gradual deterioration.

The 500,000-plus collection of prints, negatives, slides and film dates to the early 1900s, with some even earlier than that, and spans photo technology from glass plates to digital, said Janelle Weakly, curator of the museum’s photo collections.

The films and stills document the digs that produced the museum’s archaeological finds and the making of its ethnological treasures.

The collection includes glass “lantern slides” used in lectures by some of the museum’s famous archaeologists and anthropologists, such as Emil Haury and Byron Cummings.

Weakly even has a “ballopticon” used to project the images, some of them hand-colored.

The most fragile pieces of the image collection were moved to the only room available to researchers in the pottery vault.

The grant will allow museum conservators to convene a team of architects, facilities managers and image-preservation specialists to plan for a new climate-controlled facility.

Teresa Moreno, the museum’s associate conservator, said the planning grant could lure additional money from the National Endowment, and further fundraising would be necessary to match it.

Humidity is the biggest threat to the collection, said Weakly. It ranges from 19 percent or so in winter to the 74.2 percent recorded on a muggy morning this week.

The building’s air handlers “belong in a museum,” joked Moreno.

“It’s an actual miracle that some of this technology that dates back to the 1920s still works,” said Patrick Lyons, the museum’s director.

The museum, designed by noted Tucson architect Roy Place, was completed in 1926 for use as the University of Arizona library.

It’s a great building but it was designed for a very specific purpose — to house the university’s book collection in a central stack of metal shelves, five stories high, that also serves as structural support for the building.

A master plan for complete renovation, devised in 2000, had a $60 million price tag.

That’s not happening any time soon, so the museum is bringing its facilities up to contemporary snuff in small steps — pots, textiles and now the plan to consolidate an office and two storerooms into a single repository for its photographic images.

Lyons is also making a separate push to remodel the lobby.

He said the acoustics are bad for tour groups, the lighting is not directed toward the exhibits and the exhibits themselves need updating.

His director’s council, the museum’s fundraising arm, has pledged money for planning and an anonymous donor has promised a substantial gift toward that project.

When all that is accomplished, said Lyons, the museum wants to replace its major exhibit, “Paths of Life,” with one that will tell the story of human habitation in the Southwest and how that story is uncovered by archaeologists and anthropologists.

Years of planning have already gone into that exhibit, originally slated for a new exhibition space at the city of Tucson’s Rio Nuevo redevelopment site.

Consultation with consultants and tribal representatives have enriched that story, said Lyons, but “it’s a different level of fundraising. We’ve never been in that territory.”

He wants to finish the other projects before trying to raise $6-to-$8 million for the new exhibit.

Meanwhile, he’s working with the university to confront some “deferred maintenance” on the historic building.

“The university has been a really good partner. They’ve kicked in air handlers, all sorts of other improvements along the way, whenever they can afford to do it, but the building still has a lot of challenges.”

Lyons said he’s amazed each change of season when the UA’s facilities team manages to coax the building’s heating and cooling back into operation, and he wasn’t all that surprised when the three-story-high, arched windows that are the building’s architectural signature began leaking in recent rains.

August 23, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Cactus versus car

Cactus versus car

This car was on the losing end of a tumbling Saguaro cactus near Tucson on Jan. 22, 1962.

This car was on the losing end of a tumbling Saguaro cactus near Tucson on Jan. 22, 1962. It's not known the circumstances of the incident, however there were high winds that day that caused damage elsewhere around Tucson. Coincidentally, a Salpointe High School football player was paralyzed the day before, on Jan. 21, when a Saguaro fell on him when he and a friend were trying to cut it down with a machete.

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Photographer Will Seberger, 1981-2014

Photographer Will Seberger, 1981-2014

Stormy skies and a rainbow make for a dramatic background as the Arizona Heat stand for the Star Spangled Banner preceding their game against Texas on June 3, 2006 at Hi Corbett Field.

Tucson freelance photographer Will Seberger died on Aug. 17 in Tucson. He was 33 years old. Will was a University of Arizona graduate who became a ubiquitous presence at major news and sports events in Southern Arizona and Phoenix. His work was featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones and Sports Illustrated.

Will worked for the Arizona Daily Star in 2006-07, as he was establishing himself as a working freelance photojournalist. (Click the photo above for a gallery of his work for the Daily Star.)

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Throwback Thursday: Blue Oyster Cult in Tucson

Throwback Thursday: Blue Oyster Cult in Tucson

Lead vocalist Eric Bloom during the Blue Oyster Cult concert at Tucson Community Center on Aug. 7, 1979. Riding the wave of songs like “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Godzilla” and a live album that sold 2 million copies, the group rode into Tucson in August 1979 for a concert at what was then called the Tucson Community Center.

B.O.C. and Godzilla destroy Tucson during a 1979 concert at the TCC.

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Gallery show features images just before Old Tucson fire

Gallery show features images just before Old Tucson fire

Platinum photograph of Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver) in the bar at the Old Tucson Sound Stage during the filming of 'Birth of Legends'. Last photograph taken on the set before it burned down one week later. (April, 1995) 8x10 negative, Paramount Pictures). Photo by Gary Auerbach

Tucson photographer Gary Auerbach will have a solo exhibition covering 30 years of work at the Rancho Linda Vista Gallery in Oracle. Opening reception is 1 – 5pm, Sunday, Sept. 7. Exhibit runs Sept. 1 – 30.

Subjects include some of the last photographs taken on the sound stage and sets at Old Tucson before many of the original buildings at the historic movie studio burned in a massive fire in 1995. 

The images showcase a variety of printing methods from 8x10 and 11x14 large format negatives. Auerbach says they include platinum/palladium, Cibachrome, cyanotype, gum bichromate and even stereoscopic platinum among others.

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Moonrise over Monsoon

Moonrise over Monsoon

Moonrise from behind gathering monsoon clouds at sunset on Saturday, Aug. 9. 

Moonrise from behind gathering monsoon clouds at sunset on Saturday, Aug. 9. Taken with a Canon SX260 point and shoot camera on automatic while standing on a picnic table in my backyard. Thanks to my five-year-old son for pointing out the scene from his chair at dinner!

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Photos: Resignation of Pres. Richard Nixon

Photos: Resignation of Pres. Richard Nixon

Richard M. Nixon waves a final farewell from a helicopter as he leaves the White House for the last time in the August 9, 1974.

Nixon stopped in Tucson during his political career. He was forced to resign on Aug. 8, 1974 due to the Watergate scandal.

August 08, 2014 10:30 am Photos

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Throwback Thursday: Mount Lemmon Air Force Station

Throwback Thursday: Mount Lemmon Air Force Station

Sitting at 9,150 feet, the Mount Lemmon Air Force Station was said to be the world’s highest radar installation in 1957. It was manned by the 684th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, whose motto was “Who goes there?” Along with dozens of similar stations, it watched for Soviet aircraft before the advent of satellite surveillance. Nearly 250 officers staffed the 25-acre base, which featured a barracks with a “modern, electrically equipped kitchen.” For pictures of the base in 1957, go to tucson.com/retrotucson

"Who goes there" was the motto of the 684th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron manning the Mt. Lemmon Air Force Station in 1957. The installation, at 9,150-feet, was said to be the world's highest radar installation. Along with dozens of other similar stations, it watched for enemy Soviet aircraft approaching the U.S. before the advent of satellite surveillance.

Nearly 250 officers staffed the 25-acre base, which featured a barracks with a "modern, electrically equipped kitchen," according to a Tucson Citizen story in 1957.

For pictures of the base in 1957, go to tucson.com/retrotucson

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