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Arivaca Books

Aguirre, Yjinio. Echoes of the Conquistadores
(1983) The story of one of the first families to live in the village of Arivaca. The Aguirres had a stage line, ranch and store. Pedro Aguirre was one of the first members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors and built the first school in Arivaca in 1879.
Call number: 979.101 Ag94e 1983
Browne, J. Ross. Adventures in the Apache Country or A Tour through Arizona and Sonora, 1864
(1974) Reprint of the 1871 edition. The author describes a visit to Southern Arizona after the mines at Arivaca and Cerro Colorado had closed when the U.S. Civil War started and troops had been withdrawn.
Call number: 979.1 B81a 1974
Coolidge, Dane. California Cowboys
(1985) Protographer and western writer Dane Coolidge visited Arivaca in 1914 and described ranch life, recorded corridos and stories, and photographed roundups and people.
Call number: 979.1 C777c 1985
Gressinger , A.W. Charles D. Poston, Sunland Seer
(1961) A biography with journal entries of Charles D. Poston, one of the first mine promoters in Arivaca and leader in the drive to make Arizona a separate territory. He is sometimes known as "The Father of Arizona."
Call number: 92 P845g 1961
Kasulaitis, Mary, and Meg Keoppen. Finding Arivaca
(2002) An oral history project in Arivaca, led by Meg Keoppen and Mary Kasulaitis, produced this collection of photographs and stories of how past and current residents "found" Arivaca.
Call number: 979.177 F492 2002
Kessell, John L. Friars, Soldiers and Reformers: Hispanic Arizona and the Sonora Mission frontier, 1767-1856
(1976) A scholarly but very readable account of the Spanish and Mexican presence in the Pimeria Alta (including what is now Southern Arizona) from 1867 - 1856. This includes the Franciscan era of mission development.
Call number: 979.1 K482f 1976
Kessell, John L. Mission of Sorrows: Jesuit Guevavi and the Pimas, 1691-1767
(1970) A scholarly but very readable account of the Spanish presence in Southern Arizona from the days of Jesuit Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in the late 1600s through 1767, when the Jesuits were expelled from New Spain. This includes an accurate history of the early mission and mining activities in the Arivaca area as well as the Pima Revolt of 1751-52.
Call number: 917.9179 K482m 1970
Murbarger, Nell. Ghosts of the Adobe Walls
(1964) Nell Murbarger visited Arivaca in the 1950s and described the town and some stories of its history.
Call number: 917.91 M93g 1964
North, Diane M.T. Samuel Peter Heintzelman and the Sonora Exploring and Mining Company
(1979) A part of the Diary of Samuel P. Heintzelman, who was President of the Sonora Exploring and Mining Company, which was the first American mine promotion in what is now Southern Arizona. His description of the area around Arivaca and the Cerro Colorado mining district is one of the earliest on record.
Call number: 92 H3657n 1979
Pumpelly, Raphael. Pumpelly's Arizona: an excerpt from Across America and Asia by Raphael Pumpelly, comprising those chapters which concern the Southwest
(1965) A reprint, edited by Andrew Wallace, of mining engineer Raphael Pumpelly's description of his stay in the Arivaca area in 1860-61.
Call number: 917.91 P96p 1965
Ready, Alma. Open Range and Hidden Silver: Arizona's Santa Cruz County
(1973) A brief history of Santa Cruz County with interesting information about the area south of Arivaca.
Call number: 917.9179 R228o 1973
Ring, Al, Bob Ring and Tallia Pfrimmer Cahoon. From southern Arizona's Oro Blanco region, Ruby, Arizona : mining, mayhem, and murder
(2005) The story of the mining camp of Ruby, Arizona, a "ghost town" about 13 miles south of Arivaca, as told by Tallia Cahoon, who lived there in the 1930s, and Bob and Al Ring, the descendents of an early mine operator in the area.
Call number: 979.179 R472f 2005
Varney, Philip. Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps
(2005) Philip Varney is a long time historian of Western ghost towns and mining camps.
Call number: 979.1 V431a 2005
Wagoner, Jay J. Early Arizona: Prehistory to Civil War
(1975) A detailed history of the early years of Arizona history. Of particular interest is an explanation of Spanish and Mexican land grants and their disposition during the American era, including the Arivaca land grant.
Call number: 979.1 W125e 1975

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