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9/11 veterans

Veterans remember 9/11 and the sacrifices of so many

“We pay tribute and honor the brave men and women who perished 19 years ago. May their families bear this burden.” Those prayerful words from...

History Photo: Never out of style

A former barracks from Williams Field Air Force Base has stood the test of time and continues to change purposes as needs arise. In...

History photo: Yes, Maricopa can flood

  One of Maricopa’s more memorable floods came in 1983, when Santa Cruz waters invaded most existing structures south of the tracks, including the elementary...

John Wayne Parkway draws scrutiny for namesake’s old comments

After a group in Orange County, California, started a movement to remove John Wayne’s name from the airport in Santa Ana, the chatter began...

Train car wrapped against the elements

With its windows removed for a special project, the vintage Silver Horizons railcar from the California Zephyr was left vulnerable to upcoming winds, dust...

Graffiti artist brightens up landmark tower

A colorful portrait of Maricopa history now sits 60 feet in the air, overlooking the very desert and mountains it depicts. Graffiti artist Danny Dyster...

History Photo: How did that turn out?

In 1990, construction started on Maricopa Town Centre, a shopping plaza on Hathaway Avenue next to the post office, which was also constructed around...
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Drive-by parade celebrates Mary Lou Smith’s 90th birthday

Mary Lou Smith celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, greeted with a parade of family and friends who drove by her home honking horns and...

Window replacement part of Silver Horizon rehab (VIDEO)

While Maricopa Historical Society canceled or postponed much of its spring events as a precaution against COVID-19, it has quietly continued some programs, such...

History Photo: Hole lotta nothin’

For decades, Maricopans were able to cool off in the summer with a dip in the swimming pool at Rotary Park. Built to lessen...

History photo: Fast Times at Maricopa High

  Before it was relegated to its current status as the 600 building, the library at Maricopa High School was the office. Between 2000 and...

History photo: Maricopa from the air

The growth of Maricopa was dramatic between 2002 and 2006, when the city was a poster child of the housing boom. The post-recession surge...

Library’s history display spotlights First Lady fashions

The Maricopa Historical Society installed a new display at the Maricopa Public Library, exhibiting the cotton-based fashions of the U.S. First Ladies. Cotton was king...

History Photo: At the Station

A photo taken in Maricopa circa 1910 facing west shows the Southern Pacific tracks passing by a water tower, the Maricopa Train Station, along...

Life with the cotton, the cattle and The Duke (VIDEO)

Alice Kulbeth Johnson-McKinney first traveled from Arkansas to Arizona in 1955 at age 15. “My dad had a heart condition, and the doctor said, ‘If...

History Photo: Future SR 347

A 1949 photo from atop the water tower was taken after a flood. The Maricopa dirt road heading north runs along the bed for...

Masik Tas celebrates Ak-Chin history

IF YOU GO What: Masik Tas Where: Ak-Chin Circle Field & Arena, 16000 N. Maricopa Road When: Dec. 5-15 Dec. 5-8: Basketball tournaments Dec. 7, 7 p.m.: Light Parade...

History photo: What goes around comes around

After a 1931 fire destroyed Art Deal’s hotel and the railroad station, Jack and Clara Burkett decided to build another hotel. It was located...

MHS students meet Buffalo Soldiers (GALLERY)

Three members of the Buffalo Soldiers of America, led by Arizona chapter President Chaz Jackson spoke to two sessions of students at Maricopa High...

Veterans Day: Women at war, at home during WWII

At War: Fresh-faced WAVES recruit did her part After the United States declared war on Japan in 1941, Mary Francis Holmes Abrahams was just 16....

Vintage railcar gets adjustment to stand straight

Within hours of the California Zephyr train’s Silver Horizon railcar being placed at its new home in January, there was speculation it might be...

Tales & Treasures debuts for historical society (GALLERY)

Some history stories, a silent auction, and catered meal and more drew a crowd to Maricopa Historical Society's first Tales & Treasures supper at...

Historical Society inaugurates ‘Tales & Treasures’ supper

IF YOU GO What: Tales & Treasures Who: Maricopa Historical Society When: Oct. 26, 3-6 p.m. Where: Leading Edge Academy, 18700 N. Porter Road How much: Advance tickets $40/member...

Millar hosts great morning for flight (GALLERY)

Millar Airfield, housing the Vietnam Aviation Veterans of Arizona museum, hosted its annual fall fly-in Saturday with a pancake breakfast, rides and, of course,...

Collection of ‘new’ history donated to Maricopa Historical Society

Now with the confidence of having future storage and display space for their many items of historical significance to the community, Maricopa Historical Society...

Know your Maricopa history in this year’s Speaker Series

To understand Arizona history, you have to learn about Italian explorer Eusebio Kino.IF YOU GO What: Maricopa Historical Society Speaker Series When: First Mondays, October-April, 5:30...

‘Big Boy’ historic locomotive to pass through Maricopa

Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 is touring the Union Pacific system throughout 2019 to commemorate the transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary.Tips from...

Maricopan pays respects uniquely on Sept. 11 anniversary

Every Sept. 11, we remember those we lost in one of history’s greatest tragedies in 2001. Mountain Pointe High School graduate Raul Ontiveros is...

History Photo: Then & Now

Some parts of Maricopa have not changed much in 60 years as evidenced by before-and-after photographs. The first photo was taken in the 1950s...

History photo: At the station

Believed to have been taken between 1900 and 1920, this photo of a train at the pumping station with the iconic water tower nearby...

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