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26 Bar Ranch, located in Eagar on State Route 260, is steeped in the history of the Hereford industry. Back in the 1940's it was part of the famous Milky Way Ranch. The big white show barn, under the hill outside of town, has become one of the local landmarks. This ranch and show barn have been the home for many top Hereford cattle that have made their mark in the Hereford industry. In more recent times the ranch has become noted as the 26 Bar Ranch or John Wayne's Ranch. The 26 Bar Ranch was started in 1964 by three forward-thinking businessmen. Along with Mr. Wayne, was Ken Reafsnyder (associated with Knott's Berry Farm in Los Angeles), and Louis Johnson (cotton farmer and businessmen from Stanfield, Arizona). After the death of John Wayne, the ranch was sold to Karl Eller with John Johnson staying on as general manager.
390th Memorial Museum
Foundation, a non-profit educational institution, is to educate the public regarding the history of the 390th Bomb Group and its attached units, the 390th Strategic Missile Wing, the 8th Air Force, 3rd Air Division, 13th Combat Wing, 95th Bomb Group, and 100th Bomb Group and any future operational organization designated with the 390th cardinal number, and of these organizations' activities and roles in the national defense, through programs of collection; exhibition and interpretation; preservation, conservation and restoration; education; research; reference; and publication.
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Enjoy the Arizona Science Center's 300 hands-on exhibits, watch an IMAX film and engage your intellect in a thought provoking presentation.
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Apache County Historical Society Museum describes how  first came the dinosaurs to the banks of the Little Colorado River, and then the Indians. In (1540) Coronado crossed the river near St. Johns and later descendants of the Conquistadors settled here. Pioneer families arrived from the East in the 1880's.
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Founded in 1937 by William Shirley Fulton, the Amerind Foundation is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) anthropological and archaeological museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Native American cultures and their histories.  Located in spectacular Texas Canyon in the Little Dragoon Mountains of southeastern Arizona, the Amerind houses one of the finest private collections of Native American art and artifacts in the country. Go To Dragoon AZ Events on www.wildwestgazette.com
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Arizona Capitol Museum states "We Are Arizona's Museum." The Arizona Capitol Museum brings Arizona history to life every day through exhibitions, special events, and tours. More than 20 exhibits tell Arizona's story from territorial days to the present.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the law creating the Territory of Arizona on 24 February 1863. The document is in the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records.
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Arizona Women's Hall of Fame Museum is dedicated to Arizona's Women. Some of the more notable are Sharlot Hall, Sandra Day O'Conner and in 2006 Polly  Rosenbaum.
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Arizona Historical Society Museum - Even as they carved out a territory in the remote Southwest, Arizona pioneers were careful to pass on the legacy of their achievements to future generations. For that reason, in  1864 the forward-thinking First Territorial Legislature incorporated the Arizona Historical Society "to preserve the relics and paint the wonders of the past." 
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The Arizona Military Museum building itself is a part of Arizona’s military history. The 1936 raw adobe building housing the museum was built under the USA Work Program as a National Guard Arsenal and was used as WWII maintenance shops for German prisoners at the Papago Park Prisoner of War Camp.
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Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, est. 1893 Home of the largest whole vessel collection of Southwest Indian pottery in the world.
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The initial mission of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is to study the plants of desert countries and to make the results available to the public.
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Butterfly Lodge was built in Greer in 1914. The cabin's name ("Apuni Oyis" in Blackfoot) was inspired by the countless butterflies in the nearby meadows. It was the mountain residence and hunting lodge of James Willard Schultz (1859 - 1947) and his son, Hart Merriam Schultz, known as Lone Wolf (1882-1970).
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Visit the Casa Grande Valley Historical Society & Museum and see what Casa Grande looked like in 1879 when the railroad ended here and the city was named Terminus.  
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The diminutive but strong mountain people who lived here are called the "Mogollon." This Pueblo IV site exhibits similarities in pottery and architecture to the Anasazi of the Four Corners region. We know that Casa Malpais was occupied for about 200 years, and it was mysteriously abandoned about 1400 A.D.
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     For the ancient Hohokam Indians, who farmed, hunted and lived in the Cave Creek area, the desert was resource-rich.  Game was plentiful.  The Hohokam harvested desert plants for food and shelter and they learned to control the land by farming.  Learn the history of cave Creek through the exhibits of the Cave Creek Museum.
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     Students in the third and fourth grades will learn interactive lessons utilizing the Chandler Museum resources, and also have the opportunity to visit the museum.  The lesson plan will be incorporated into the social studies and language arts classes.
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The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is opening June, 2008!   Acting on the principle that learning is a joy, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s mission is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them.
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The mission of the Clarksdale Museum is to collect, identify, interpret, document and disseminate accurate information pertaining to the history of Clarkdale and to protect and preserve this history and all related archives, artifacts and structures.
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The Deer Valley Rock Art Center's mission is to preserve and to provide public access to the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site, to interpret the cultural expressions found here and to be a center for rock art studies.  
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The Desert Botanical Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.
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Desert Caballeros Western Museum's Hall of History is where thousands of years of desert frontier history is captured in time.
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Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium is a contributing force in the Mars Lander, a flying “dinner table” about half the length of a school bus. It  landed on the planet Mars after making a 423 million-mile road trip through our solar system.
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In 1886, General Nelson A. Miles designated Fort Huachuca as headquarters for the Geronimo campaign. Geronimo’s surrender in August 1886 practically ended the Apache danger in southern Arizona. Fort Huachuca was retained because of continuing border troubles involving renegade Indians, Mexican bandits, and American outlaws and freebooters.
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Fort Verde State Historic Park is the best preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Spanning from 1865 through 1890 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and finally Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. Fort Verde was the primary base for General George Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers.

                                                      

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Fort Whipple MuseumFort Whipple  Museum is located in Building 11 of the Veterans Hospital in Prescott. Reservations are required through Sharlott Hall Museum.
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In 1979, the Gilbert Historical Society was incorporated as a non-profit corporation. In June 1980, the school building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The old elementary school building has been a Gilbert landmark for more than 90 years, preserving an element of life dear to the community. The Society owns the building thanks to the generosity of Otto and Edna Neely and on May 15, 1982, the Gilbert Historical Museum opened to the public.
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The Glendale Police Museum has exhibits on Glendale police history. Tours are free every Monday and Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.   N. 57th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301, (623) 937-8088.Call for group tours.  Information: Ext 6821 Donations are appreciated.
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Grand Canyon Railway made its first journey to the Grand Canyon on September 17, 1901. Notable passengers to ride the Grand Canyon Railway include Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, William Howard Taft, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Clark Gable, Jimmy Durante, Doris Day, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates.
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The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969.

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The Heard Museum contains exquisite Native American Art Treasures from around the southwest.
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Heritage & Science Park is a City of Phoenix Park which consists of Historic Heritage Square (home of the 1895 Rosson House and various historic buildings that house museums and restaurants), Phoenix Museum of History and The Arizona Science Center.
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Hoo-Hokam KiHoo-hoogam Ki, meaning "House of the ancestors," describes the museum, which is constructed of adobe and desert plants, reflecting the beauty of the Southwest.
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The International Wildlife Museum  highlights over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe.  Some of the collections are more than 100 years old and all the animals found at the museum were donated by various government agencies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, captive breeding programs, zoos and individuals.  
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Jerome Arizona's history is full of stories. Jerome Historical Society captured these stories which tell how the “Wickedest Town in The West” got its name and how men who sought their fortunes in this billion dollar mining camp lived, played and fought. 
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John C. Fremont House (1875) See Sharlot Hall Museum
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John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum provides you can see sketches, photos and other memorabilia of Powell's epic Colorado River voyages in 1869 and 1871, along with a unique collection of Native American and pioneer artifacts.
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Mesa Historical Museum is the museum that celebrates Mesa's past. We are located in sunny uptown Mesa, Arizona.Thanks for Tuning In: The Wallace and Ladmo Show" will be on exhibit at the Museum until August 31, 2009!

If you grew up in Arizona, you may remember the popular, long-running television program, The Wallace and Ladmo Show. This exhibit explores the history and fun facts of the local TV show that captivated three generations of Arizonans.

See the celebration of Spring Training in the Cactus League.
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The extensive collection of the Mesa Southwest Museum includes exhibits on archaeology, anthropology, dinosaurs, Native peoples, and art and culture, taking visitors on a journey that begins with the solar system, moves through the Age of Dinosaurs and into pre-Columbian and contemporary history. 
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Mesa  Museum tells the story, how on July 17 1878, Theodore Sirrine went to Florence to register Section 22, now called the Town Center: the square mile from Mesa Drive to Country Club and University to Broadway. There is some confusion about early names for Mesa because of Post Office designations; however, the town itself was always called Mesa City. Postal authorities considered the name Mesa unacceptable at first, as it was thought it would be confused with Mesaville on the San Pedro River. The first Post Office name was Hayden's Ferry (not to be confused with Tempe), operated by Fannie Macdonald in 1881. In 1886, the Post Office name was changed to Zenos. In 1889, the Post Office Department finally allowed the name Mesa City.
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Mohave Museum of History & Arts history is equally as varied as it's diverse landscape. Peopled originally by "The Forgotten Ones" and late by the Mohave, Hualapai, Chemehuevi, Havasupai and Paiute Indians; it attracted soldiers, missionaries, steam boaters, ranchers, railroaders, miners; and all the merchants, schoolteachers and others who helped to settle the area.
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The Muheim Heritage House Museum, a Registered National Historic site, was built by Joseph and Carmelita Muheim beginning in 1898. The first four rooms were completed in 1902. As the family grew, six more rooms were added. The house was completed in 1915. Bisbee is a great little Victorian town, and it makes San Francisco look flat.
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The northern Arizona region has varied and  unique cultures, such as the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and other Native American tribes that live on the Colorado Plateau. The Museum of Northern Arizona's award-winning permanent anthropology exhibit, Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau, documents 12,000 years of occupation in the region.
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The Historic Courthouse which houses the Navajo County Museum and Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center is one of only two Richardsonian Romanesque courthouses in the state and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Contains objects and information at the Northern Gila County Historical Society which will shed light on the cultural heritage, natural history, history and prehistory of the region within a radius of 50 miles of the Town of Payson, Arizona.
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The O.K. Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona, is the site of the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and the McLaurys on October 26, 1881.  Stand where the West's legendary gunfight began.  Watch Wyatt and Doc in daily reenactments of the famous gun battle.  Visit Doc Holliday's room.  See the only photos ever taken of Indians as enemies on the battle field when the Apache Geronimo conferenced with General Crook in 1886.

 

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The History of Pharmacy Museum at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy grew out of the work of Jesse Hurlbut, a former Tucson pharmacist and state pharmacy board inspector, who meticulously collected pharmacy items from around Arizona and elsewhere in the West.
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Phippen Museum of Western Art is designed to preserve and exhibit museum quality Western art and educate the public about the unique heritage, history, legends and influence of art of the American West.
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The Phoenix Art Museum collection is comprised of nearly 900 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, that focus on the unique landscape and history of the American West.
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Throughout the history of Phoenix, the Phoenix Police Department has used a number of different types of vehicles to get the job done. To see some of the ones used in the past go to the Phoenix Police Museum.
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See the predecessor to the Phoenix Light Rail at the Phoenix Trolley Museum/Arizona Street Railway Museum From 1887 to 1948 transportation in the City of Phoenix Arizona was provided by the Phoenix Street Railway System. The System founded by General Moses Hazeltine Sherman, utilizing horse cars was converted to electrical power in 1893 and was, in large measure, responsible for the pattern of real estate and other development in the early days of the City. The City of Phoenix acquired the street railway in 1925 and, as the result of a successful bond issue, completely rebuilt the System and purchased 18 modern Streetcars. The Streetcars were very popular with the public and remained in operation until 1948 when they were replaced by Buses.
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Pima Air and Space MuseumPima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.
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Primera Alta MuseumThe Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum in Nogales AZ offers an introduction to local history and culture. It is housed in the old City Hall building, constructed in 1914.
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Perhaps most popular with visitors at the Pinal County Museum is the exhibit of early-day equipment used in executions at the Arizona State Prison in Florence. Included are the door to the gas chamber, the chair in which the condemned sat and a "slack board" with a description of its use.
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Our Western heritage in Arizona is preserved for future generations at the Pioneer Living History Museum. The village houses 30 historic buildings from the 1880s to the turn of the century. Most of them can be viewed and experienced by the public.
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Pueblo Grande Museum is located at a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruins in modern day Phoenix.Site is very close toChase Field the home of the Diamondbacks.
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Descendants of the Hohokam, the Pumas' as they were called by the Spanish Explorers, designed an elaborate agricultural system throughout their many villages by diverting the waters of the Gila into canals that extended for miles into fields of crops. In their own language they were the Akimel O'othom, or River People. Rawhide Old West Museum is located in Rawhide Wild West Town Chandler AZ

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The Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum in Wilcox is named for the star of the movie "Arizona Cowboy" and the television series "Frontier Doctor". The museum is filled with memorabilia from both.
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Riordan Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, the Mansion is an The historic building is an Arizona treasure - a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles. The expansive home has forty rooms, over 13,000 square-feet of living area, and servant's quarters. The Riordan residence was designed by the creator of Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, Charles Whittlesey.
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The story of Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area begins with the completion of the Arizona Canal in 1885.  The canal stretched 44 miles across the Valley and opened up 100,000 acres of desert land to homesteading and irrigation farming. Local land speculators promoted the Salt River Valley as the future agricultural Mecca of Arizona.  Sahuaro Ranch's mission is the preservation and presentation of the history of Sahuaro Ranch and the agricultural history of the West Valley.
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In July, 1991, the Scottsdale Historical Society opened the Historical Museum with displays of old photographs, a classroom as it would have been in 1910, and other displays depicting life in Scottsdale and the southwest. 
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The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona, and is dedicated to providing educational adventures in human and natural history.
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   The Sirrine House, built in 1895, is an attractive brick structure at 160 North Center, restored by the Mesa Historical Society and the City of Mesa. 
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Historically, Native people have been portrayed in textbooks in narrow or inaccurate ways. Located in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; Our Peoples, Native Americans tell their own stories—their own histories—and in this way the exhibition presents new insights into, and different perspectives on, history.
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Priceless artifacts contained in the Smoki Museum give clues about the people who inhabited the Southwest long ago. Exquisitely crafted works of art celebrate the life-ways of the indigenous peoples who carry forward their traditions today.
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Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation's mission is to collect, preserve and document engineering, communications and computation history, to educate through display of artifacts and lectures, to build and make available information.
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The Sun Cities Area Historical Society  is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of records and artifacts through carefully designed exhibits that chronicle the more than 40-year history of Sun City and the 25-year history of its sister city, Sun City West.
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William R. Norton is considered to be the founder of Sunnyslope. It is reported Mr. Norton and one of his daughters were enjoying a buggy ride north of the Arizona Canal when she looked up and exclaimed “What a pretty sunny slope. He liked the phrase and named the area Sunny Slope. Visit the Sunnyslope History Museum and Curtural Center.
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Through the exhibits of The Superstition Mountain/Lost Dutchman Museum get a feeling of what the ol' west was really like back at the turn of the century. The museum has a variety of exhibits and is open 364 days a year.              

 
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West is committed to advancing the ideas and principles of organic architecture, organic education, and conservation of the natural environment. The Foundation also seeks to preserve and enhance the lifetime contributions and ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright, and make available to the public opportunities to study and experience organic architecture.
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The Tempe Historical Museum depicts life in Cira 1870 the (Tempe) settlement  grew quickly and soon formed one community. The town was named Tempe in 1879. "Lord" Darrell Duppa, an Englishman who helped establish Phoenix, is credited with suggesting the name. The sight of the butte and the wide river, and the nearby expanse of green fields, reminded him of the Vale of Tempe in ancient Greece.
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Founded on May 1, 1880 by John P. Clum, The Tombstone Epitaph is Arizona's second oldest newspaper and Tombstone's oldest business.  On October 26, 1881, the Epitaph the details of the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Editor Clum was a friend and supporter of Wyatt Earp.  As Tombstone's Mayor, he hired Virgil Earp to be Tombstone's Chief of Police.  Visit the Epitaph's free newspaper museum and read the original reports of the Gunfight, Tombstone's great fire, and the surrender of the Apache Geronimo.  Tour the Epitaph's historic newsroom and print shop and learn how newspapers were printed in the 1880s.

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Real gold nuggets. Real stagecoaches. Real history. It's all at the seven Wells Fargo History Museums. Here's your chance to travel to the past by exploring all the rare and authentic exhibits. From 1858 on the stagecoaches of the Butterfield Line, through wild days at Tombstone, to extensive railroad service to the mines, Wells Fargo’s history in Arizona is classic western history. The museum includes an art gallery with the largest public display of illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s western paintings. Exhibits include a baseball-size gold nugget, an authentic Wells Fargo stagecoach and reproductions of a gold mine, railroad depot and express office will bring the Old West to life in Wells Fargo's newest museum.
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The Zane Grey Cabin was originally lost in the 1990 Dude Fire. While the previous edition of the cabin contained numerous exhibits, the rebuilt cabin is an exhibit in and of itself.
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