History

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Building on far right was the Wander Bar where Ruth and Leland Easley worked after working on a cotton ranch. Maricopa floodwaters posed problems for the cotton workers. Photo courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

By Patricia Brock and the Maricopa Historical Society Bertha Anderson Easley and her husband Jay Easley came to Maricopa in 1947. “We lived on Porter Ranch,...

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Pecan groves in Maricopa in 1990s. Photo courtesy Maricopa Historical Society

By Patricia Brock, Oliver Anderson and the Maricopa Historical Society Maricopa lost its importance as a railroad junction when the railroad redirected a line through...

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Southern Pacific Railroad provided water for trains and the local school with its water tanks, the last of which has become a landmark of sorts in Maricopa. Photo courtesy Maricopa Historical Society

By Patricia Brock, Donald DeHart and Maricopa Historical Society Just west of the railroad station were two very large water tanks that held over 1...

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The first Maricopa drug store, on the left in this south-facing photo, opened in 1956 and was owned by Dave and Nellie Kimball. Photo courtesy Maricopa Historical Society

By Maricopa Historical Society David Patton Kimball opened the first drugstore in Maricopa in 1956. He and his wife, the former Nellie Nash, came from...

Joe Abodeely owns 20 acres west of Mraicopa where he has "base camp" for Vietnam veterans. He will be the Maricopa Historical Society's guest speaker in November, talking about the military history of Maricopa Wells. Photo by Mason Callejas

Located down a winding, county road and bunkered beneath a small mountain in Thunderbird Farms is a hidden haven for Vietnam veterans.IF YOU GO What:...

Pinal County Supervisor and former Maricopa Mayor Anthony Smith (left) presents a Bill of Sale for the Zephyr railcar to Maricopa Historical Society president Paul Shirk (right) at a ceremony Saturday, July 15. The official cost of the icon was a modest $1. Photo by Mason Callejas

A Maricopa icon officially became part of the Maricopa Historical Society’s inventory Saturday.  The famed Zephyr railcar was added to the Maricopa Historical Society’s list of assets at a breakfast...

Mark Smith (wearing red rose), formerly of Maricopa, received UofA's Lifetime Achievement Award last month, 19 years after his father John Smith (in red tie), who still lives in Maricopa, received the same award. Submitted photo

Maricopa farming pioneer John Smith and his son Mark are familiar with cultivating growth in their agricultural communities. John farmed cotton and other crops here...