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
Quiz time. How many historic mansions in Tempe can you name? If you can only think of one, congratulations. You know your Tempe history.
But if you said the Hayden House, also known as La Casa Vieja, that’s not it. The one-time residence of Charles Trumbull Hayden began as a simple vernacular adobe home Hayden built for his wife Sallie. Eventually it was enlarged and expanded to two stories. But not for the Hayden’s.
They had already moved out to a ranch home they built on McClintock Drive. The enlargement was made to accommodate boarding rooms, a store and other commercial activities.
If your answer is the Petersen House, you are correct. Surprising as it might seem, the home built in 1892 about three-and-a-half miles southwest from the center of town by Danish immigrant Niels Peterson, one of early Tempe’s most notable citizens, is the sole surviving example of what 19th century wealth could afford.
Designed by prominent Valley architect James Miller Creighton, the 13-room Queen Anne mansion positioned on landscaped grounds was one of the largest ever erected in Tempe. An ideal place for community gatherings and parties.
A visit to the once rural home in its pastoral setting, now an anachronism on the bustling northwest commercial corner of Southern and Priest, must have been a particular treat for most Tempe residents who lived in more modest homes.
After the death of Niels in 1923, and his wife Susanna in 1927 the home fell to her nephew Reverend Edwin Decker who lived in the house until his passing in 1948. It continued as a private residence until it was bequeathed in 1968 to the fraternal lodge, International Order of Odd Fellows.
By the time the IOOF donated it to the city of Tempe in 1979, the once grand mansion had experienced a long period of decline.
Home only open on few special occasions
Under the auspices of the city and the Tempe Historical Society, the home was restored to its formal glory over a seven-year period, and finally reopened as a house museum to the public. Under the care of the Tempe History Museum, thousands of visitors experienced some of early Tempe life.
Until the Great Recession of 2008 when the city closed the home to save money. Since then it has only been opened on very few special occasions.
This time of year is one of the unique times. Just as Christmas only comes once a year, so does the opportunity to visit the magnificent Petersen House.
The museum staff has been busy gussying up the home just in time for the holidays. For the next two Saturdays and Sundays you can enjoy Danish Christmas traditions at the festively festooned home just like Niels and Susanna might have.
Tours, activities on the grounds, and refreshments are available for free to all visitors. Why not take a break in this hectic holiday season by going back in time?
Christmas at the Petersen House
Where: 1414 W. Southern Ave., at corner of Southern and Priest Drive
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16.; 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 17
More information: http://azc.cc/2ivfteK
Cost: Free but contributions are very much appreciated.
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