Arizona July 05, 2015
15 Rare Photos From Arizona That Will Take You Straight To The Past
Arizona has only celebrated statehood for 103 years, quite a bit shorter than many other states. However, its past is far richer if you consider its history as the Arizona Territory, New Mexico Territory, Mexico, and indigenous homeland. Here are 15 of our favorite photos that show off Arizona’s history from when cameras first opened their shutters on our landscape.
1. How about we get this started with a look at an old Bisbee saloon. These gentlemen look like they’re having a grand time gambling. (c. 1900)
2. These guys are participating in another favorite Arizona pastime: target shooting. Do you think he hit his target? (c. 1887)
3. Would you want to attempt to cross the state with just a burro as your transportation? (c. 1910)
4. Here is a mule party leaving Hermit Camp in the Grand Canyon. (c. 1919)
5. These railroad workers are showing off their best poses near Jerome in Verde Valley.
6. These two Navajo boys were herding their family’s sheep with a watermelon in tow. Don’t lose track of the sheep! (1946)
7. Wonder what Winslow used to look like before the town saw any major population boom? (c. 1890)
8. Here is a look at the mines in Globe back when it existed in Arizona Territory. (c. 1898)
9. Faster! This Hopi boy was racing some other kids according to the photographer’s notes. (c. 1913)
10. Think how quiet this must have been before the waves of tourists began flocking to the Canyon. (c. 1920)
11.The logging industry has been a prolific industry in Arizona, especially in Flagstaff. (c. 1937)
12. This sweet ride was the first to arrive at the Grand Canyon and moved a whopping speed. In fact, it only took the crew’s return trip to Flagstaff approximately 7 hours. (1902)
13. Here’s a sight the area hasn’t seen for decades. Navajo families sit in front of the Hubbell Trading Post to buy provisions. (c. 1870)
Fun fact: Wagons were used well into the middle of the 20th century by some Navajo families to get across the reservation.
14. A Havasupai man sits on his horse in front of a building in Supai. (1948)
15. And, finally, it looks like these folks are getting ready for some fun at the dance hall in Clifton. (1884)
Which photo is your favorite? Are there any areas that you would like to have seen in the past? Tell us in the comments below!