AZ Manhunts and Massacres

manhunts & massacres The story of the “Wild West” of Arizona, during the late 19th century and early 20th century, is fascinating. And no one tells it more vividly or accurately than the six authors of  Manhunts & Massacres. This compilation of stories published by the Arizona Dept. of Transportation, is part of the Wild West Collection of its Arizona Highways Book series. You’ll hear about murdering army deserters, native american warriors who chose death over surrender, a legendary sheriff who got the drop on a fugitive murderer, Spanish soldiers who hunt down Navajo warriors,  and a fierce killer as he faces the noose.

The story of inept ranchers who ambushed Army pay wagons, draft dodgers who flee to Mexico but are hunted down by an unrelenting posse, and a diminutive Tucson pioneer who hunts Geronimo are fascinating tales you won’t want to miss.

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Famous Folks in Phoenix

Rick Schroeder

Rick Schroeder

Amanda Blake

Amanda Blake

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Dan Quayle
Dan Quayle

   Steve Stout, Laurie Hosken and I got together at the Phoenix central library yesterday to talk about Yore Town content. I’m getting really excited about what we’re building out here, and how useful, entertaining and historical it’s going to be. We added one page to the original plan. We’re tentatively calling it “Famous Folks of Phoenix” and we’ll be talking about celebrities and colorful characters that live in the Phoenix metro area, or did so at one time. There are so many – Jordin Sparks, Rick Schroeder, Hugh Downs, Wayne Gretzky, Dan Quayle, the Goldwaters, Clive Cussler, Sandra Day O’Connor, Zane Grey, Erma Bombeck, Amanda Blake, Alice Cooper, Andy Devine, Debbie Reynolds, Barbara Eden, Danica Patrick, Joe Garagiola,  John McCain, G. Gordon Liddy – and many more. The entertaining video above is a clip of “That’s the Spirit” with a number of famous actors including Andy Devine,  Jack Oakey and Gene Lockhart (you’ll remember him as Santa Claus in the original Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Woods.)

We’ll also be writing about the history of the cities and nearby towns, and gathering information on local businesses. We want to determine when these retail and service merchants, as well as other organizations, were first founded, to include them in our tour of the town by era.

If you are a local celebrity or have information on one;  if you have an idea on a “colorful character” in the area’s history; if you are a local business or know of one with a lengthy local heritage, please email us at yoretown@gmail.com . We’ll want to include them on the site.