Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Iron Maidens

Riding the rails to the country’s first chain restaurants, prim and intrepid Harvey Girls helped civilize the Southwest and bring 

tourism to Arizona.

In 1949, 18-year-old Joan Haydukovich had her eye on a $90 green coat – a coat her mother insisted she buy with her own money. In search of employment, she set off down the dusty roads of Winslow to La Posada Hotel, the gem of an otherwise lackluster town.

 

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George W.P. Hunt

Arizona’s First Governor

George W.P. Hunt (1859-1934) nicknamed himself the “Old Walrus” during his seven-term reign as Arizona’s first governor, but don’t be suckered by the self-deprecation – the one-time teen drifter was a skilled and nimble political operator. A colleague once described the bald, big-bellied populist as a “behind-the-scenes manipulator who presided in the manner of a stoic, benign Buddha, if one could picture Buddha with a splendid handlebar mustache.”

 

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Home Depot

Goodyear makes a railroad connection with its pre-suburban yesteryear in honor of the Centennial.


In its heyday, the Litchfield Train Station in Goodyear served as a vital gateway to the outside world: Hollywood stars alighted on the West Valley to film Westerns and rusticate at their ranches, and executives chugged in from the East to tend to their burgeoning business interests. The station even served as a launchpad for the area’s cotton industry.

 

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Playboy Pics



Titillated by our feature Mad Men in Midtown? Check out more (PG-rated) photos from Phoenix’s Playboy Club.

 

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¶lim¶Mad Men in Midtown

Home to the Valley’s first high-rise residences and the late, great Phoenix Playboy Club, midtown was the most swinging neighborhood in Phoenix back in the sleek ’60s. Today, new generations are discovering the joys of our most urban enclave.

 

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Bronco-Busting Brothers

From the 1930s through the ’50s, one Arizona family dominated the local rodeo scene. Raised by a father who worked at Dobson Ranch when it was a massive cattle ranch and farm, the Finley brothers – Luther, Larry and Frank – learned horse culture quickly.

 

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Dam Well Built

Celebrating its 100th birthday this year, Roosevelt Dam has provided the Valley with water, power and a lush history.

On March 18, 1911, President Theodore Roosevelt came out West and, in front of about a thousand onlookers, gratefully christened his namesake.
Not a stuffed toy bear, but another, much bigger namesake.

 

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