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The Battle of Ambos Nogales

BY George Thompson “… citizens on both sides of the border to agree to the proposition of the wiping out of the imaginary international line and uniting of two Nogales’ into one general Nogales. The obelisks marking the border line were proclaimed monuments of unity and not division.” Nogales Herald July, 1918 “I happened to be downtown Nogales near the ... Read More »

Faint images of history

Echo of History by Axel C. F. Holm When I stand at the northern edge of the Hilltop Gallery and gaze down along Western Avenue, I swear I can hear a bugle-calling reveille. Though faint images of Nogales history, more than vestiges of the U.S. Army’s Camp Stephen D. Little (1910-1932) remain along Western Avenue and Anza Drive. Non-commissioned officers ... Read More »

The Son Tay Prison: A risk worth taking

By Dr. Marcelino Varona,Jr. During the 1970s, President Richard M. Nixon was facing hostilities in Vietnam and war protesters at home. Escalated anti-war protests resulted with four students at Kent State University being shot to death by National Guardsmen called out to control a campus protest against the war. Thus, bringing closure to the war proved no easy task. Especially ... Read More »

Luis Fernando Parra, Infantryman

On August 2, 1990 militarized units from the country of Iraq invaded and seized control of Kuwait. The invasion triggered a global effort, which included the United States. One such effort was Operation Desert Shield to deter any efforts on the part of Iraq to further invade Kuwait’s oil rich neighbor, Saudi Arabia. On August 7, deployment of U.S. forces ... Read More »

Small town of Patagonia: The Iron Horse and Its Hoofed and Silver Loads

The small town of Patagonia which main street is State Highway 82 is a fountain of historical wealth.  An international birding destination with the adjacent Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Patagonia’s population of 900 hosts traditional and eclectic diversity.  A village Mecca for painters, sculptors and escapees from big city corporate life in recent decades, Patagonia has long been the ... Read More »

The Prospector’s Secret: Treasures of the Pimeria Alta

(By permission of the author: Paul Hathaway Availableon An Excerpt from Chapter 1-Harshaw “It was December 1st 1887.  The weather had been pleasant during the fall months in the Patagonia Mountains near the Mexican border, but now I cast a wary eye skyward at the darkening clouds blowing in from the west as I rode my mule, Batholomew, along the ... Read More »

In Search of CIbola

Francisco Vásquez de Coronado y Luján, born in 1510 to a wealthy family in Salamanca, Spain, was a Spanish conquistador who visited New Mexico and other parts of what are now the southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542. His main objective was to conquer the mythical Seven Cities of Gold.In 1535 at about age 25, Coronado first went to ... Read More »

Kino and Karns

Echo of History by Axel C. F. Holm –In 1691, Father Eusebio Kino began exploring the northern frontier of New Spain to Christianize the native tribes. Captain Juan Mateo Manje who accompanied Kino kept a diary of seven of nine of Kino’s explorations covering 4,675 miles in 200 days in a region Kino called the Pimería Alta . Two hundred ... Read More »

Historic bed and breakfast

When you drive out on South River Road heading to the Hacienda Corona de Guevavi, you are instantly transported back through history into a time of cowboys, pioneers, missionaries and movie stars. This upscale bed and breakfast has a long history dating back to Father Eusebio Kino. Now owned by Phil and Wendy Stover, they undertook a dream to renovate ... Read More »

San Gabriel de Guevavi

The O’odham Indian settlement of Guevavi (gi-vavhia, meaning “big well” or “big spring”) was visited in January 1691 by Fathers Kino and Salvatierra. Three years later, in 1701, Fathers Kino and Salvatierra established the mission, San Gabriel de Guevavi at the settlement. Subsequent missionaries called it San Rafael and San Miguel, resulting in the common historical name of Los Santos ... Read More »

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