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8 forbidden and forgotten spots around Arizona

Arizona might just barely edge past the 100-year mark, but its vast, dry landscape still houses a number of long-forgotten places and objects. Once bright and burgeoning, these sites now lay deserted and collecting dust. Though...
Pete's Fish and Chips

Valley staple Pete’s Fish & Chips celebrates 70 years

Coming off its 70th anniversary, Pete’s Fish & Chips isn’t looking to change a thing. The Valley institution has been frying up tasty and affordable eats since founder Pete Grant opened his first location in...
Northern Home at Pioneer Living History Museum

6 fun and fascinating places to explore Phoenix history

Phoenix and the surrounding cities often seem like new developments because of the massive expansion and renovation in the past few decades. However, the area actually saw quite a bit of history before that. For history buffs, there...

Visit downtown Phoenix in 1933

One thing you can always say about Phoenix is that it constantly changes. If you go away for a few years and come back, there are always new buildings in the place of old...
Occidental between Adams and Monroe on Central Ave.

Visit downtown Phoenix in 1922

Time-travel with us to Phoenix in 1922. The image that we're about to dive into is from the McCulloch Brothers Collection, which ASU just released online recently. It shows the west side of Central...

A look at Sky Harbor’s original terminal (and no, it wasn’t Terminal 1)

When you fly into or out of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, you might notice the Terminal numbers are 2, 3 and 4. For many travelers, that raises the question of what happened to...

Explore downtown Phoenix in the 1920s

Let's go history adventuring to an area of downtown Phoenix that should look familiar to you - looking south on Central Avenue from Monroe Street. Of course, this photo came from 1926, so there...
Looking north up Central from Monroe in 1919 towards a city of trees. You're standing in the Heard Building, which is just north of Adams.

A walk under the trees in old-time Phoenix

Let's take a walk back in time to 1915 when Phoenix was a city of trees. It looks strange, doesn't it? Old-timers remember Phoenix before the trees. Fifty years ago this area was just open desert,...
Calvary Church Westown

The surprising history of the big star on Calvary Church’s sign

Drive down I-17 between Thunderbird and Cactus Roads in Phoenix and to the west you will see the Calvary Community Church sign with its big, recognizable star. You probably think nothing of it; after...
Mill Ave, Tempe 1899

What Tempe’s Mill Avenue looked like in 1899

Let's take a walk down Tempe, Arizona's Mill Avenue in 1899. We start from the outskirts of town, at about where University Avenue exists nowadays, and walk north. The two-story building that we see on the right is...

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