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Early aviation history

Early aviation history

Charles Lindbergh flies "The Spirit of St. Louis" out of Roosevelt Field in New York, May 20, 1927, as he begins his flight to Paris to be the first to complete a non-stop transcontinental flight. (AP Photo)

April 16, 2014 9:32 am
Anti-Smoking campaign with Sid Caesar 1984

Anti-Smoking campaign with Sid Caesar 1984

Volunteer and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, comedian Sid Caesar, illustrates the evils of smoking at an American Lung Association and Quality Inns International press conference in New York, Aug. 30, 1984. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

February 12, 2014 8:59 pm

History lover found plenty to chronicle about on his own storied family

Armando C. Elías loved local history. He studied it, talked about it and wrote what he discovered.

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Escalantes worked kilns, ranches and homesteaded

Escalantes worked kilns, ranches and homesteaded

Manuel Escalante Jr. and Florentina Moreno married in 1912, and years later he homesteaded land and ran a farm in the area between what's now Irvington and Escalante roads.

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Escalantes worked kilns, ranches and homesteaded

Escalantes worked kilns, ranches and homesteaded

Frank Escalante Sr. served in World War II and met his wife, Stephanie, in Austria. The photo is from 1947.

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Escalantes worked kilns, ranches and homesteaded

Escalantes worked kilns, ranches and homesteaded

Running east of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a street named after a longtime ranching family.

August 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Baseball's bad boys

Baseball's bad boys

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson is shown at Tampa, Fla., July 1, 1935. Jackson, who was a prominent figure in the 1919 White Sox World Series scandal, now owns businesses in Savannah, Ga., and Greenville, S.C. He was considered by many to have been one of the greatest natural hitters of all time. He …

August 05, 2013 1:13 pm

The Skinny on corn tortillas

Big Jim Griffith's history and folklore blog, "Our Storied Desert Land," continues today at azstarnet.com/bigjim

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A look back at World War I

A look back at World War I

Picture show Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, left, the most successful German fighter pilot during WW I with 80 downed planes, and his brother Lothar, at right. Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, was killed in aerial combat on April 21, 1918. (AP Photo)

July 27, 2013 3:47 pm
First trans-Atlantic telegraph

First trans-Atlantic telegraph

On this date in 1866, the first telegraph was sent via the new Atlantic Telegraph Cable. This is Robert Dudley's famous painting "Awaiting The Reply," showing Cyrus West Field, tall man silhouetted at right, financier who led the Atlantic Telegraph Company, among others as they awaited the s…

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First flight across the English Channel

First flight across the English Channel

Louis Bleriot at the controls of the plane which made the first flight across the English Channel, July 25, 1909. (AP Photo)

July 25, 2013 11:59 am
Tim Steller: To the barricades! Save cinder-block dream

Tim Steller: To the barricades! Save cinder-block dream

The University of Arizona and developers want to kill the dream. How else would you explain the UA's plan to tear down a piece of history on the northwest corner of Speedway and Campbell - the Palm Shadows Apartments?

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Street Smarts:Tucson's Magee Road got its name from 1929 homesteader

Street Smarts:Tucson's Magee Road got its name from 1929 homesteader

This picture taken in 1937 in California shows, back row, John A. Magee and Catherine Magee, and front row, shortest to tallest, Robert, Betty and Jack Jr. A fourth child, Sally, isn't in the picture.

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Tim Steller: Smuggled guns are history of border

Merchants from Fronteras, Sonora, gave the man a wad of money to spend on guns and ammunition in Douglas and smuggle them back south.

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Neto's Tucson: Tia Alva's love for Tucson's past to be honored today

My love and appreciation for Tucson comes from my family. My Tucson-born mother and Mexican immigrant father each have helped shape my appreciation for nuestro pueblo, including its blemishes and faults.

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Tour ruins, ghost town, ranch this month

March brings a bunch of free events for Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. See azstateparks.com for a complete list; here's a sample:

March 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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