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100 years of statehood, 12,000 years of human history. Experience the events that have shaped Arizona and relive battles, feuds, and discoveries of minerals and metals with slideshows, interactive exhibits, timelines, and maps.

President Taft signs Arizona into statehood.On February 14, 1912, the man who would become Arizona’s first Governor, George P. Hunt, walked from his hotel in Washington D.C. to the Capitol building to watch President Taft sign Arizona into statehood.

Finding Pluto at Lowell Observatory

In 1896, construction of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff brought astronomy to the Southwest, sparking a science and a passion that still blazes in Arizona. For over 100 years its research has sharpened our understanding of the universe.

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Basketry Treasured at the Arizona State Museum

Discover baskets, sandals, mats, and other preserved fibers representing every indigenous basket-making group in North America from 6,000 years ago to the present.

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Hohokam Rock Art

For more than a thousand years, the Hohokam Indians, early dwellers of central Arizona, created rock—art that is still visible today.

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble

Arizona's Official State Historian, Marshall Trimble, shares the ways in which different towns celebrated Arizona’s statehood 100 years ago.

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Yavapai, Oro Belle mine

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Drilling rig in Quarry Canyon in Cochise County, early 1900s

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Miners in front of an underground shaft

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Miners in ore carts being pulled by a mule

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Loading RR cars from mill at the C and A Mine

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People at the top of an early mine shaft

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Miners resting in an underground cave. Once fairly common sources of mineral deposits, many caves were destroyed as the minerals were removed.

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Head frame & cable building at the Oliver Mine

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Head frame & mill at the Gardner Mine in Cochise County

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Miners bracing ceiling

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Hauling miners around underground

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Early miners underground

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Miner drilling

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Miners in the early 1900s

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Drill holes after blast. The carbide head lamps worn by these miners were developed in 1987 but did not become popular until the 1920's.

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Machines bracing ceiling in the 1950's

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Miner drilling in the 1950's

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Miners inspecting ore face

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Loading ore cars

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Ore trains replaced mule carts

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Miner dumping ore

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Miners bracing ceiling

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Miner using scrapping machine

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Miners using drilling machine

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Miners underground

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Working on a rock face

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Workers and machinery in the Lavender Pit, 1950's

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The Arizona Republican—Newspaper p1

Arizona Republican: The Fourty-eighth State Steps Into the Union Today

The Arizona Republican—Newspaper p2

Arizona Republican article continuation page 4

The Arizona Republican—Newspaper p3
Signing the Arizona Statehood Bill

President William Howard Taft signing the Arizona Statehood Bill on February 14, 1912

Celebrating Statehood

Arizona Governor George Hunt addresses a crowd

The Arizona Republican—Newspaper, Feb 15

Arizona Republican: Cheers Greet Joyful News of Statehood

Dedicating the Capitol

A crowd gathers outside the Capitol Building in Phoenix

Bisbee Daily Review

Bisbee Daily Review: Statehood to be Celebrated by Bisbeeites

Bisbee Daily Review—Feb. 14 1912

Bisbee Daily Review: Statehood Celebration Plans are all Complete

Bisbee Daily Review—Feb. 15 1912
Bisbee street sceen

A typical day on Bisbee's Main Street

Graham Guardian Feb 16 1912

Graham Guardian: Arizona Enters the Union

Weekly Journal Miner Prescott—Feb 14 1912

Weekly Journal-Miner

1912 Parade in Prescott

1912 Parade in Prescott

Mohave Miner Kingman—Feb 17 1912

Mojave Miner: The State of Arizona

Tombstone—Feb 18 1912

Tombstone Epitaph article continuation page 4

Arizona Sentinal Yuma—Feb 15 1912

Arizona Sentinal: Arizona is Now a State

Statehood Celebration
Statehood Celebration

Statehood is celebrated throughout Arizona

Pima cotton is one of the world’s best cottons. Created in 1910 on a farm in the Gila River Indian...
While Coronado’s expedition through Arizona in 1540 did not locate gold, the explorers sailed the...
Stories of riches from the shipwrecked conquistador Cabeza de Vaca sparks a quest for gold and...
The founder of a silver mine near Tubac helps establish the Arizona Territory, becomes its first...
Relive 100 years of aviation history with the museum’s collection of over 300 airplanes and special...
A comprehensive water management timeline by the Arizona Department of Water Resources answers any...
The 500 miles of Hohokam irrigation canals fed a population of 80,000 in the Mesa area and are...
Built in 1911, the U.S Reclamation Service’s first major project has brought power, water storage,...
Bisbee’s Warren Ballpark, considered the oldest continuously used Major League Baseball venue in...
The search for mineral wealth defines Arizona’s human history.
Mines and miners built the Arizona we know today. Tour early copper towns, explore lost crystal...
“Buffalo Soldier” is the collective nickname given to the first African-American members of the U.S...
While the eastern colonies were debating revolution, the land that became the Arizona Territory was...