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Monday, August 8, 2022

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...

The Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another,...

Maricopa History: A Man and His Cat

In the history of Maricopa, a man named Perry Williams is noted three ways. An entrepreneur, he built Hotel Williams in 1884 on the...

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...

‘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: Maricopa Gets Electrified

In 1930, Electrical District No. 3 brought electrical power to homes in western Pinal County, including Maricopa. Powerlines were installed to serve Maricopa and...

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: 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...

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...

History Photo: Maricopa Depot 1900

By Patricia Brock, Maricopa Historical Society Three trains were in daily operation from Phoenix to Maricopa in the early 1900s, and Maricopa was quite a...

Oliver Anderson: Longtime farmer’s life of service mirrors history of Maricopa (VIDEO)

  His story begins less than a month after Black Tuesday, America’s economic disaster that incited the Great Depression.“He’s always served without fanfare, under the...

History photo: 1954 Maricopa Elementary 8th Grade Graduation

Decades before Maricopa incorporated, the center point of the community was the school. Some of these fresh faces may still be familiar to long-time...

History Photo: Keeping Cool in the Pool

During a long, hot summer, finding ways to keep cool has always been a priority in Maricopa. Swimming is a big temptation, but in...

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,...

Cotton industry spotlighted in historical presentation

For decades, cotton was a staple crop in Arizona. Pima cotton in particular, with its extra-long staple (ELS) fibers, revolutionized the industry in 1910....

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...

Career in National Parks honed retiree’s skills in archiving history

When Dorothy Shally Charles started working for the National Park Service, singing was a job requirement.IF YOU GO What: The History of Scotty's Castle, Death...