Arizona becomes the 48th state in the Union | 2:16
Government Accountability Editor Pat Flannery takes us through how Arizona became the 48th state.
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The story of the gunfight at O.K. Corral | 1:43
In 1881, the Earp brothers fought against the McLaurys and Clantons in a lot behind the O.K. Corral. In 30 seconds, three people were dead. Wyatt Earp was the only man to go unharmed during battle.
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Winnie Ruth Judd: The Jodi Arias of the 1930s | 2:56
Government Accountability Editor Pat Flannery talks about a heinous double murder that captured the nation’s attention.
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Pure Evil: The True Story of the Tison Gang | 17:13
Gary Tison and another killer broke out of the Arizona State Prison in 1978 with the help of Tison’s three sons and began a murderous rampage. Here is the story of those terror-filled days, from the perspective of those who pursued them.
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5 things to know about Arizona’s World War II internment camps | 0:39
More than 100,000 Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps during World War Two as a result of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, signed on Feb. 19, 1942.
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Luke Air Force Base | 1:11
Luke Air Force Base was built in 1940 and named after Frank Luke Jr.
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Arizona Governor Evan Mecham’s Impeachment | 1:59
Government Accountability Editor Pat Flannery explains how Governor Mecham was impeached.
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Arizona’s ties to 2 U.S. Supreme Court justices | 1:21
Here’s a brief overview of two U.S. Supreme Court justices who have Arizona ties: Sandra Day O’Connor and William Rehnquist.
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Mesa “Monkey Farm”: An urban legend or primate sancturary? | 1:40
Paul Fritz, a chimpanzee trainer at the Phoenix Zoo, and his assistant (and later wife) Jo Chambers founded the Primate Foundation of Arizona. But how are they connected to Mesa Monkey Farm?
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Tortilla Flat is Old West Arizona | 1:06
The one-time stagecoach stop now has an eatery that is an authentic remnant of the Old West. Mark Henle/azcentral.com
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Whatever happened to Arizona favorite Arnold’s Pickles? | 0:37
Arnold’s Pickles, a long-time pickle producer, merged with rival, Mrs. Klein’s Pickle Company. The pickle legacy continues under a different brand.
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What happened to Manzanita Speedway? | 0:56
What happened to Manzanita Speedway? The track first opened in August 1951 and closed in 2009. The last race was April 11, 2009.
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We were there: 125 years of The Arizona Republic | 1:32
From before the dawn of statehood to the heart of the digital age, in hard times and happy times, tragedies and triumphs, we were there. Right here, where we’ll always be.
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Arizona becomes the 48th state in the Union
The story of the gunfight at O.K. Corral
Winnie Ruth Judd: The Jodi Arias of the 1930s
Pure Evil: The True Story of the Tison Gang
5 things to know about Arizona’s World War II internment camps
Luke Air Force Base
Arizona Governor Evan Mecham’s Impeachment
Arizona’s ties to 2 U.S. Supreme Court justices
Mesa “Monkey Farm”: An urban legend or primate sancturary?
Tortilla Flat is Old West Arizona
Whatever happened to Arizona favorite Arnold’s Pickles?
What happened to Manzanita Speedway?
We were there: 125 years of The Arizona Republic
Only in Arizona: Pioneering botanist braved tough conditions and conquered the peak along with her husband and guide
If the spelling isn’t enough of a giveaway, Mount Lemmon near Tucson wasn’t named after fruit.
No, the dramatic 9,152-foot summit of the Santa Catalina Mountains received its moniker after Sara Plummer Lemmon, a respected botanist from New Gloucester, Maine, who arrived in Arizona after living in coastal California.
It’s fair to say that Lemmon was way ahead of her time. Feminist scholar and author Susan Hallgarth describes the pioneering women who headed west during the rough-and-tumble 1860s as “unwed, unreluctant and unrepentant.”
After attending college in Massachusetts and teaching art in New York, the single Plummer boarded a train for booming California on a friend’s recommendation. She opened a bookstore in 1869 in Santa Barbara that focused on the serious science works of the day. Her bookstore would later become the foundation of Santa Barbara’s first public library.
Plummer’s Arizona fate was sealed when she attended a botany lecture in 1876 led by her future husband, John Gill Lemmon, and the whirlwind romance was on. After four years of courtship, the two wed and worked together cataloging the flora of the West, which would lead them to the Coronado National Forest in the southern section of the raw Arizona Territory.
Second time’s the charm
“(The couple) came up the mountain for their honeymoon and to hunt for new plant species,” says Leanne Mack of the Mount Lemmon General Store & Gift Shop. “And the guide who led them was so impressed by how she fared that he recommended naming the mountain after her.”
Up until that point, the only folks to make it to the Mount Lemmon summit were the Apaches and outlaws who hid from law enforcement amid its craggy peaks and dense forest. The Lemmons camped on the mountainside documenting the indigenous vegetation, Sara drawing detailed illustrations.
Their first attempt at the summit approaching from the south failed. The walls of rock, thick terrain and wildlife proved too daunting. They told local officials that they encountered a mountain lion so big that it “carried a huge buck away without dragging feet or antlers.”
After that setback, the Lemmons enlisted the help of rancher E.O. Stratton of Oracle, who knew the area and offered horses for their journey approaching from a route to the east.
“We went to the highest peak of the Santa Catalinas,” Stratton wrote in his memoirs. “and christened it Mount Lemmon in honor of Mrs. Lemmon, who was the first white woman up there. I chopped the bark off a great pine tree on the very top and we all carved our names.”
Indeed, Mount Lemmon remains one of the few North American peaks named after a woman. She and U.S. Army specialist Lori Ann Piestewa must be looking down with pride.
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