Arizona Territory Born Into Trouble

arizona flag painting by bob boze bell
Painting of the Arizona state flag by Bob Boze Bell.

In 1863, a bill passed the U.S. Senate officially organizing the Arizona Territory, and on February 24, President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law, naming Prescott as the capital. Tucson was stiffed for supporting the Confederacy. In it’s original configuration, part of Nevada (where Las Vegas is today) was part of Arizona. In 1866, that northwest section was annexed to Nevada, and Tucson got the capital back, but then lost if for good in 1889 because it had too many Spanish speakers according to blatant racists who still hold high
office all these years later.

 

Those Fighting Editors of Territorial Arizona

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Bob Boze Bell

In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.