Exploring the history of Phoenix, Arizona and a little bit of Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. This blog is advertising-free, and is supported by my subscribers on Patreon. History adventuring posts are shared there daily. The basic tier is a dollar a month, and the PhD tier, which includes "then and now" photos, billboards, aerials, videos, and super high-definition photos, is five dollars a month, and is discounted for seniors, veterans, and students. If you're a subscriber, thank you! You make this happen!

The Lawmen of old-time Maricopa County


Since territorial times, Maricopa County has been a bad place for bad men. Sheriffs, including Carl Hayden, pictured above, had reputations for being tough to the point of being overly belligerent. And if you know your Arizona history, you know why.

Territorial Phoenix was a vulnerable place. There were shipments of gold moving around all of the time, and there were banks. And that meant buildings, and stagecoaches, filled with wealth that could be easily stolen, and which attracted criminals. But the reputations of lawmen like Enrique "Henry" Garfias, who was very quick with a gun, made the bad guys think twice.

Phoenix has always been a city of wealth. It's a great place to run a business, or raise a family. But if you're a criminal, you'd be wise to just keep moving along.

Henry Garfias in the 1880s (at left)


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