Mesa (Images of America)
From the prehistoric Native Americans to the first wave of pioneers in 1877 and all who came later, the desert lands east of Phoenix have been a rich and fertile home to a wide diversity of people. Surmounting the early challenges of settling the mesa top and moving water uphill gave rise to a resilient agricultural community famous for cotton, citrus, grapes, and other crops. The boom years that began in the 1950s ushered in a new wave of industry and change to the city of Mesa. Large corporations created jobs, new freeways formed a corridor into the heart of the community, educational and health care facilities improved and expanded, and the advent of air conditioning brought tourists from all over the world. Now boasting a population of over 450,000, Mesa has truly evolved from its pioneer beginnings to a modern city in the Valley of the Sun.
By Lisa A Anderson, Alice C Jung, Jared A. Smith, Thomas H. Wilson
Portions of thirty diaries or journals of people who actually crossed Arizona are included to depict how Arizona was perceived from 1699-1863. Maps of the region show their routes while pen and ink sketched reveal the person who came this way.Includes forty six color photographs.
By Leland J. Hanchett Jr.
They Shot Billy Today The Families of Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War
A biographical history of Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War. Each family is treated separately and is covered from the cradle to the grave. Contains new information gleaned from the Pleasantvalleywar.com website.
By Leland J. Hanchett Jr.
Cactus League: Spring Training (Images of America)
Arizona’s baseball roots run long and deep, but the star of the show is the Cactus League. The state’s spring training history is filled with social, political, and cultural intrigue, not to mention a roster of baseball greats. Early on, fans watched Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, and the American League’s first black player, Larry Doby. Beyond the field, baseball became part of the state’s social fabric, as players and fans alike flocked to watering holes, hotels, parades, and a desert resort famous for its mineral baths. History also saw a political battle to save the Cactus League and fend off Florida’s attempts to dominate spring training. Today, the Cactus League is a 15-team powerhouse that holds court in Arizona each spring.
By Susie Steckner and the Mesa Historical Museum
Catch the Stage to Phoenix
This is the story of the men and women who kept the stages rolling from Prescott to Phoenix, Arizona along both the Wickenburg and Black Canyon routes. Life was never dull for these early pioneers as they confronted Indians, and Sonoran bandits as well as Knights of the Road. This book carries the time line from early trail blazing through Indian depredations, establishment of the stage lines, and attacks by bandits, right up to the stages eventual replacement by trains and motor vehicles.
By Leland L. Hanchett, Jr.
Black Mesa The Hanging of Jamie Stott
A thorough accounting of the life of Jamie Stott, a young cowboy who met death at the end of a hangman’s rope. This book includes letters written by Jamie to his family in Massachusetts while he was learning to be a cowboy in Texas and Arizona. It is written from his sister Hannah’s perspective and also contains letters between family members writen while they were tryin to cope with the tragedy.
Edited by Leland J. Hanchett, Jr.