This blog explores the history of Phoenix, Arizona and a little bit of Los Angeles and San Francisco, California

The history of Phoenix, Arizona, including everyone

As I learn more about my favorite city, Phoenix, Arizona, I am beginning to understand why so many histories written about it are so distorted. At some point, and for whatever reason, many histories are written as if a particular group of people didn't exist.

I guess people need to try to keep thing organized. Maybe it's so books can fit into particular classes being taught, segregated by race, or nationality. Maybe there are just so many shameful things that historians would just rather not dwell on them (and there are some terrible things!).

So, people wonder if I'm interested in Indians, or Chinese, or black people. And yes, I am. I am also interested in learning about the impact that women in Phoenix have had on its history. And no, I don't fit into any of the above categories, but I fit into the most important one: a person who has been part of Phoenix history. And that includes everyone, including you.

The moment you stepped off of that plane, or hopped off of that freight train, you became part of Phoenix history. The vacation you took in Phoenix made you part of its history. Even if you've never been there, and have only seen photos from Arizona Highways, or something, you are part of it.

I collect old photos of Phoenix and post them on a Facebook page. It's a bit of a mess, because real history is that way. It's a story of a bunch of people who are living somewhere. I wish that I could explain it better than that, but really, I can't. And if you ask me to, I will fail. Like all of life, it's a tapestry, and the weaving never ends.

Above: A cartoon poster that I did for a Bank One in the 1994.

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