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Sunday, August 14, 2022

75 years later, what do you know about the attack on Pearl Harbor?

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that resulted in the United States entering World War II. How many...

History Photo: Changing Times at MHS

A 1998 aerial photo of the Maricopa High School campus, looking northeast. At the bottom of the photo is the junction of Honeycutt Avenue...

History Photo: Look for the Tracks

How people entered Maricopa from the south in 1913. Note the different fencing styles along the road. (Photo from Pratt family courtesy Maricopa Historical...

History Photo: Trains at the Front Door

The changing skyline of Maricopa is evident in historic and modern photos of the same stretch of railroad tracks. In 1911, the depot was...

Happy Trails: BLM wants to re-open sites to vehicles, keep OHVs off Butterfield

Maricopa is surrounded by desert historic sites, but it is not always easy – or legal – to get to them in a vehicle. Take,...

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,...

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...

Maricopa History: First Transcontinental Flight Lands in Maricopa

The first transcontinental flight in the United States, a Wright Model EX piloted by Calbraith Perry Rodgers, landed in Maricopa on Nov. 1, 1911....

History Photo: 1913 Maricopa Depot

Trains have always been a part of Maricopa and are the reason the town exists where it does. The first “trains” were horse and...

History Picture: Who Is This?

A print of a 100-year-old photograph was found in a Maricopa library book, and the Maricopa Historical Society is trying to find out who...

Peruse Maricopa’s railroad legacy, Zephyr car at Historical Society event

For those who have never had the chance to look inside the California Zephyr train car, the next opportunity is Feb. 27. The Maricopa Historical...

Maricopa Zephyr railcar open to public Nov. 14

The Maricopa Historical Society announced the Nov. 14 historic tour of Maricopa’s California Zephyr from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Amtrak station. There...

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...

Tractors highlight new Maricopa Historical Society display at library

By Maricopa Historical Society Throughout the last 100 years, the tractor has played a significant role in agricultural practices around the world. Maricopa Historical Society...

Kazi Haque: 10 years as Maricopa planning’s inside man

The city of Maricopa has witnessed numerous changes since its incorporation in 2003. New homes bloomed, businesses formed and the population swelled. Kazi Haque, zoning...

Vets gain local recognition for USS Liberty

By Raquel Hendrickson Frustrated and angry about being relegated to a footnote in the middle of one of the most tense military times in world...

Nonprofit profile: Maricopa Historical Society

The Maricopa Historical Society began meeting in 2005 as the Maricopa History Committee with the Friends of the Maricopa Library. Thanks to many generous...

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...