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December 2019

Amazing Arizona – Empire Ranch

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sierra Vista Public Library Meeting Room, 2600 East Tacoma St
Sierra Vista, 85635
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In 1876 Walter Vail came from the East Coast to start raising cattle, and thus began a legacy that lives on today at the historic Empire Ranch in Sonoita.  The 143-year history of the Empire Ranch is traced through its ownership by the Vail and Boice families, two private companies, and a government agency.  The role of the Empire Ranch Foundation in preserving the historic ranch buildings and keeping the story of this special place alive will be described by…

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January 2020

Amazing Arizona: History of Douglas, An Arizona Border Town

January 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E Tacoma St
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 United States
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Founded in 1901 in the southeast corner of Arizona, Douglas combined smelters, railroads, agriculture, international trade, and a large dash of military presence into a vibrant town. Cindy Hayostek, historian and author, will tell stories about the people who lived in her hometown and what made it unique.

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February 2020

Amazing Arizona: The Story of Willcox, Cattle Capital of the Nation

February 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E Tacoma Ave
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 United States
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With the arrival of the first train in 1880, the small community of Willcox became a major distribution point for area military forts, surrounding mines, and cattle ranches. Discover Willcox's colorful past and colorful characters with historian and author, Kathy Klump. Learn about it's founding fathers. lawmen-turned-outlaws, and  the development to a more civilized town.

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March 2020

Amazing Arizona: The History of Benson, Built by the Railroad

March 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E Tacoma St
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 United States
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Join Benson Visitor Center historian Bob Nilson for an in-depth presentation of the railroad's influence in the development of Benson from the time of the Gadsden Purchase to the 1940's. The Southern Pacific Railroad first entered Arizona Territory in April of 1877. The Southern route crossed the Colorado River at Yuma and construction headed east at about 2 miles a day. The town of Benson came into existence around June of 1880. Bob's extensive knowledge of Benson history and of…

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April 2020

Amazing Arizona: The Healy’s of Carr Canyon Ranch, A Lasting Legacy

April 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E Tacoma Ave
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 United States
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John was a Virginia gentleman cavalryman patrolling the Mexican Border. Ila was driving mule team ore wagons to Mexico for shipment for the war effort. It was World War I and the start of their story together. She came from a distinguished Western pioneer family and became known for her hunting prowess. He would become the longest serving officer at Fort Huachcua. With a long military career and their wide ranging hospitality in Carr Canyon from 1936 until 1972, they…

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May 2020

Amazing Arizona: History of Southern San Simon Valley

May 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 E Tacoma St
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 United States
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Eastern Gateway to the Chiricahua Mountains The eastern edge of Cochise County straddles two mountain ranges: the longer Peloncillos in the east and the taller Chiricahuas, no more than 10 miles westward. For centuries the terrain was home to the Chiricahua Apache, but by 1876, with the Army's removal of the Chiricahua Apache to the San Carlos Reservation, the region experienced a new wave of human migration because of the enticing presence of water, grass, land, and feral cattle and…

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