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Wild horses still run in desert near Maricopa

By Michael K. Rich Cell phones, laptops, the Internet…the world is transforming into a place in which everyone is connected one way or another through...

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...

Hollywood legend John Wayne made mark on Maricopa

By Michael K. Rich John Smith, a Maricopa resident since 1951, sits in an old reclining chair by his living room window, looking out at...

How Mike Ingram brought together building blocks of Maricopa (VIDEO)

Mike Ingram is not crazy or stupid. That may be obvious to observers now, but 25 years ago, many of Arizona’s most knowledgeable movers and...

Ghost stories from Maricopa’s past

By Michelle ChanceHave you experienced paranormal activity in Maricopa? Tell us about it at Facebook.com/InMaricopa. Maricopa’s history is chronicled well into the mid-19th century, when...

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,...

‘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...

History photos: Student explosion

The Maricopa High School campus has grown considerably over the years. The football players and cheerleaders pictured were among the 28 MHS students —...

History photo: ‘Instant messaging’ at Maricopa Wells

During the first decade of Arizona’s territorial years, Maricopa Wells served not only as the hub for a network of wagon roads, but also...
Maricopa High School 1998

History photo: high school scene

The black-and-white view of Maricopa High School was taken in 1998 by Gray Photographs of Phoenix. The high school, which opened in 1955 with...

Flashback: Pima Butte opens doors

In July 2005, Maricopa schools welcomed students for the first day of the new school year. Pima Butte, a new elementary school in Rancho...

Veterans Day: Ex-paratrooper brings get-it-done attitude to Ak-Chin Council

When Octavio Machado enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 19, he was following a family tradition that went back to his grandfather, who...

Dwarf Car Museum: Classic cars you already love, only smaller

They often say one must think small to make it big, but for Ernie Adams it’s better to think big to make it small.“I...

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...

CURTIS: The Oatman Massacre – Part Two: rescued by the Mojave

This is the second in a series about the massacre of the Oatman family in 1851 after leaving Maricopa Wells. You will recall that two...

Flash to the past: Monsoon season

The monsoon season was particularly active in 2017, with at least four flooding events in July alone. The last week of July proved the busiest,...
John Mary Lou Smith

Street names a road to city’s history

People are moving to Maricopa every day. But do the newcomers — or the old timers, for that matter — give any thought to the...

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...

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...

Air Maricopa

Maricopa’s airfield ran perpendicular to John Wayne Parkway, more exactly where the overpass now sits. In this photo from the early 1900s, one of...

Top 10 Historical & Archaeological Sites around Maricopa (VIDEO)

By Maricopa Historical Society Vice President Denny Hoeh For Archeology & Heritage Awareness Month, Maricopa Historical Society Vice President Denny Hoeh shared his top 10...

History Photo: Maricopa’s Water Tower

The last of three massive water towers that marked the Maricopa area on the railroad tracks in the 1880s, the 60-foot water tower has...

History: Progress in action

This month, Desert Sunrise High School will accept its first students. It’s a milestone and a statement about the population growth in Maricopa over...

The Oatman Massacre: Rescued by the Mojave

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the latest installment in a series dealing with the Oatman massacre and the experiences of the family members who survived...

History Photo: Maricopa Business District in the 1950s

At the intersection of Maricopa Road and the future Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway in the 1950s was the business district north of the tracks. At...

‘Lost mine’ in Sierra Estrella: Fact or Folklore? (VIDEO)

Embedded in Arizona is a history rife with facts, folklore and fantasy.“The structure is one of the more substantial mining structures that I’ve seen....

There yesterday, gone today

Shown is a picture of the NAPA Auto Parts from the 1960s. The store was razed at the end of 2020 due in large...
Yes Virginia Santa

Christmas treasure: ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’

In 1897, an eight-year-old girl on the Upper West Side of Manhattan asked her father whether Santa Claus really existed. Dr. Philip O'Hanlon, a coroner's...

The Oatman Massacre: Shock at Maricopa Wells

The massacre of the Oatman family in 1851 sent a shock wave through the Arizona Territory. Undoubtedly, the residents of Maricopa Wells (ancestor of the...

Cotton workers remember moving to ‘hellhole’ in 1940s

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,...