Arizona History with
By Madeline Morrill 2005
Marshall Trimble is his given name,
Historian is his claim to fame.
We’ve come to listen
to him every week,
history that we
They said, sign up now before he
But he says,
no way, I’m lighting too many fires.
interesting, absorbing and amusing too,
’s love for
just comes shining through.
What have we
learned on this historical journey?
lots of facts and a little bit of blarney.
ancient Anasazi or is it Ancestral Pueblos,
many years ago on those high Colorado Plateaus.
came looking for Glory, God and Gold,
was the place for those most brave
explores came next for the fur of the beaver,
Walker and Carson and Williams and Weaver.
and camels came with the engineers,
mapped and surveyed all of
the stagecoach, along came the women,
Sarah Bowman became
’s very own “First Citizen”.
“Easterners” started up the Civil War,
tried to open up the Western door.
westernmost battle took place at
were just glad that it wasn’t their .
loved this beautiful land,
to fight as a mighty band.
The army sent along
General George Crook,
Indians soon had to go by his book.
found copper and silver and gold,
They dug out
the metals and had them bankrolled.
silver strike was the Silver King,
Hill and Vulture, the cash registers did ring.
to Legends in
- they looked mighty good in those chaps,
hats soon replaced those coonskin caps.
Brothers started the CO Bar,
’s brightest ranching star.
ranchers and sheep ranchers just didn’t get along,
Valley War began and boy, did it last long.
the infamous OK Corral and pretty Winnie Ruth Judd,
with her two girlfriends and nipped them in the bud.
stagecoaches as transportation were okay,
coming of the railroads really brought a better way.
say impossible to Frank Murphy in Crown King,
People had to
get to Ashfork, and his railroad was just the thing.
the only place with a capital on wheels?
and back, they had to move their seals,
became the best place,
changes now, so let’s start the statehood chase.
became the 48th
George W. P.
Hunt thought that this was just great.
many years the Democrats ruled,
came Barry Goldwater and the Democrats were cooled.
conditioning was invented and the tender feet were coming,
up the water and the power companies were humming.
all began to realize,
’s a great place to be,
The only thing missing
here is a good view of the sea.
cavalcade is over and we very much enjoyed it,
never bored us, not for even one tiny bit.
our knowledge of
just continue to soar,
As you must leave us
now, wanting for more.
We hope you
find that special woman, the one with a thin cotton dress,
If we should
happen upon her first, then we’ll send you her address.
She must be
out there somewhere and one thing we know is true,
where your heart is, through and through.
“I hope we
meet again someday”, Marshall Trimble says,
road or maybe on the Indian Res.
that you see us, Marshall, please give us a wave,
we’ll go our own ways and try hard to behave.
And now we
must go out and buy your latest book,
must really be worth a look.
There’s just one thing
that we’d really like to say,
an autobiography - that would really make our day.
Thanks for showing us
, with all it’s warts and charm,
humor and good looks, you’re sure not the average schoolmarm.
If we have more questions about our
state and really want to chat,
keeping a keen eye out for your signature black hat.