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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Teens re-create handcart experience of 1840s on historic trail (VIDEO)

  This week about 180 Maricopa 14- to 18-year-olds are re-creating the handcart trek of western pioneers across the country. The re-creation, called a Youth Trek,...

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 - 1949 Flood Maricopa Road

History photo: flood of memories

This flooding scene near the Richfield service station on the old Maricopa Road in 1949 was captured by a photographer looking north from atop...

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...

Woolly topic for historical society presentation

Sheepherding for wool and meat has been an Arizonan occupation since the mid-1800s, and if the Native Americas are included, the date can be...

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: Southern entrance

This 1913 photo looks south from the Southern Pacific railroad crossing to the main street leading into Maricopa. The path through the trees eventually...

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...
Kelly Haddad Family

Where are they now? For original city councilman, work is a numbers game 

Kelly Haddad, one of the original members of city council, entered community service at the invitation of civic leader Ed Farrell when Maricopa was just a patch in the desert.  He...

‘The Wall That Heals’ makes first visit to Pinal County

  The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, is coming to Pinal County for the first time in March. It...

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: Times Keep Changing

Photos of the same intersection in Maricopa nearly 20 years apart show the changes that have occurred since 1998. The 1998 photo, part of...
Michael Glen Hot Air Balloonist

Where are they now: ‘Rolling Pilot’ still flying high in Arizona

Michael “The Rolling Pilot” Glen is as passionate as ever about hot-air ballooning. Nearly a decade has passed since our last contact with Glen, who...

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...

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...

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...

Trimble to bring Arizona humor to Maricopa history event

During one of Marshall Trimble’s visits to Tombstone, a family came over to him and said, “The next gunfight isn’t for 45 minutes. What...

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...

A history of pecans in Maricopa

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...

Life in Mobile: A Close-Knit Family

By Patricia Brock and the Maricopa Historical Society   Mobile is a small community located about 15 miles west of Maricopa on State Route 238 (Mobile...

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...

History photo: Armida Mattia, basketweaver

Born in 1946 in Ak-Chin, Armida Mattia learned the art of O’odham basketweaving from her grandmother. Her baskets have been presented to governors, senators...

History Photo: Water on the Road

Looking south from a water tower, this is a scene from Maricopa during the flood of 1949. The Maricopa Hotel is on the right,...

Vietnam vet shares memories with JROTC class at MHS

The Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program at Maricopa High School is thriving, with about 130 students, or 5% of the...

Library hosts presentation on Juan Bautista de Anza

A little-known Spanish Colonial era trail paints a colorful history in our minds’ eye. If You Go What: Presentation on the Juan Bautista de Anza...

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...
Silver Horizons

Restoration of Silver Horizon progressing

The renovation of one of Maricopa’s most iconic historical landmarks, the Silver Horizon rail car, is progressing – with a milestone coming soon. Paul Shirk,...

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...
Silver Horizon Railcar

Curtis: Bright light will soon shine on city history

As a relative newcomer in Maricopa, I have been surprised by how much there is to do in our town. True, we have no...

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...