This blog explores the history of Phoenix, Arizona and a little bit of Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. This blog is not supported by advertising, it's supported by the generosity of my patrons on Patreon. Thank you!

Discovering everything about Phoenix history

If you're like me, you want to know everything about Phoenix history. And that means reading original documents, looking at old photos, listening to people talk about Phoenix. And if that's your goal, well then it's gonna take some time. I've been working on it for many years now and plan on working on it as long as I take the strength to. Lucky, I drink a lot of coffee!

Since I've been a teacher, I know that giving a short answer can be helpful, and it can also be a disservice. On this blog, I try to condense what I've been finding to spark curiosity. Yeah, teachers do that - they tell you a little bit about something, then they hand you a book. If a short answer inspires you to learn more, that's great. If a short answer is all you get, then it's like sprinkling drops of water on the face of someone dying of thirst - it's not enough for people who truly thirst.

One of the most common things I hear from some people is for me to explain something in a "couple of sentences". For something as complex as Phoenix history, it can't be done. The best I can do is to say a couple of sentences and then recommend that the person do their own research, at the Library of Congress, at the ASU and the UofA's Digital Collections, or thousands of other places. And then, when you find something cool, please share it with me.

So, yes, I want to learn everything about Phoenix history. I want to know about every person, every place, every building, everything that ever happened there. So this blog is just where I write things to help me to organize my mind, it's not my research. My research goes on all of the time, and I post most of my raw data on a Google+ page called Phoenix, Arizona Historical Images. I try to provide links for everything I'm finding.

So thank you for walking me on this history adventuring blog. And if it makes you want to find out more, that's great. If it makes you want to find out everything, even better. I can use all of the help that I can get!

Image at the top of this post: Looking east on Washington from Central Avenue in 1872, Phoenix, Arizona.

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