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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...

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...

‘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....

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...

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...

History: Water tanks had important impact on Maricopa

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...

Presentation to spotlight WWII internment camp near Maricopa

  Winston Churchill once said, “history is written by the victors,” alluding to a reality in which often only self-serving histories are memorialized. Despite criticisms...

Maricopa’s first druggist David P. Kimball

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...

Maricopa characters: Jim and Louise Slack – 1956-1970s

Written by Harry C Brock for Maricopa Historical Society Jim and Louise Slack and their three children came to Maricopa in 1956 from Casa Grande....

Historical Society presenter offers ‘base camp’ for Vietnam vets

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:...

History: First Maricopa Stagecoach Days May 3, 1959

Courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society The first of many Maricopa Stagecoach Days began on Sunday, May 3, 1959, with a BBQ dinner, and a slew...

History Photo: Maricopa’s Erstwhile County Jail

Even after Maricopa incorporated in 2003, its law and order mostly came from the county sheriff and justice of the peace. In the late...

History: Sourcing Maricopa’s floodwaters

By Patricia Brock and the Maricopa Historical Society Do you know the rivers of Maricopa? The Gila River is one of the largest desert rivers...

Zephyr now in hands of historical society

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...
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Unusual history of Maricopa Post Office includes fires, trains and a bobcat

In the early 1950s, a man named Harry Brock moved to Maricopa to begin work as a rural mail carrier. He roomed in the...

History photo: On the Rails 2001

The historic California Zephyr railcar (right) makes its 2001 debut in Maricopa and is greeted by a modern Amtrak train (left). The railcar, which...

Smith son follows in dad’s footprints for UofA Award

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...

Historical Society weighs fate of Zephyr

The Maricopa Historical Society is seeking public input to help determine the fate of one of their recently acquired icons – the California Zephyr...

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...

Historical Society takes ownership of Zephyr railcar

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure to transfer the ownership of the California Zephyr railcar to the Maricopa Historical Society. ...

John Wayne at 110: Man meets myth in Maricopa

Before Maricopa was a city, it was a tiny town in the Wild West. In fact, its history spans nearly 150 years prior to...

History photo: First in Protection

City of Maricopa Fire/Medical Deputy Fire Marshal (and former Maricopa Fire Department chief) Eddie Rodriguez shows off the department’s 1940s Ford/Howe pumper truck. The...

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...

Rock art theorized as ancient trail shrines (VIDEO)

By Michelle Chance Rural Maricopa is home to several archaeological sites that contain petroglyphs along local mountain passes. Aaron Wright, preservation archaeologist with Archaeology Southwest, said...

A Morning of History merges diverse stories in Arizona (GALLERY)

Maricopa Historical Society hosted its annual symposium "A Morning of History" Saturday at City Hall, with diverse presentation from Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Buffalo...

Archaeology Month: Petroglyph preservation between a rock and a hard place (VIDEO)

By Michelle Chance An estimated 200 Hohokam petroglyphs are etched into a pile of boulders that lay nestled at the base of a mountain range...

Archaeology Month: Anza Trail a pathway to Maricopa history

Around the time the United States began its fight for independence from Great Britain in eastern North America, Spanish explorers on the other side...