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 Pinal County

Historical Museum

Welcome to Pinal County Historical Museum

715 South Main Street ∙ P.O. Box 851 ∙ Florence, Arizona 85132

Telephone: 520.868.4382  ∙  Email: pchsmuseum@yahoo.com

We are open Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Closed Sunday, Monday, and all major holidays


Gift Shop

Visit our gift shop for all of your shopping needs. We have a large selection of books available in the online Gift Shop. New to the online Gift Shop are scorpion suckers, cactus packs, and rock packs! Our new and improved Museum Gift Shop has T-shirts for the whole family, hand crafted jewelry, mini-cactus, kids packs, goat milk soap, bookmarks and more. Stop by and browse!

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Es Verdad (Is It True)Es Verdad (Is It True)

By Lottie C. Devine


A story of a family and early day life in Arizona






       Price: $4.00



The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth JuddThe Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd

By Jana Bommerbach


"They said she was a cold-blooded murderer." - "They said she was a butcher." - "They took forty years of her life." - "The truth at last."





     Price: $18.99



Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison

Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison

By Gary L. Stuart


In "Last Rampage" When convicted murderer Gary Tison broke out of an Arizona prison with the help of his sons in 1978, it was an embarrassment to the state. Then it became a nightmare. Tison and his gang murdered six people before they were stopped near the Mexican border. Clarke's story of that manhunt is a chilling account of both cold-blooded murder and astonishing corruption within the state penal system. "Last Rampage" is a tale of criminal ruthlessness that has been called the "In Cold Blood" of the American West. Twenty years later, overtaxed law enforcement and overcrowded prisons can only make us wonder if such an incident could happen again.


     Price: $20.00




Lessons With Horses by Randy Helm book cover

Lessons with Horses

By Randy Helm


Randy Helm was raised on a ranch in Arizona. He went on to become a police officer, chaplain and pastor. In 2012 he was hired to develop and supervise the wild horse inmate program for Arizona State Prison. Randy developed a program to train convicted felons who had never touched a horse, to effectively gentle and train horses that had never been touched by a person. Getting the past behind you, The power of "one thing", Faith, Learning from failure and Overcoming abuse are just a few of the lessons in this book. The training program and the transformation in horses and inmates has been featured in local, national and international news and documentaries including ABC, NBC, Animal Planet and USA Today.


     Price: $12.00



Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton book cover

Going Back to Bisbee

By Richard Shelton


Richard Shelton first came to southeastern Arizona in the 1950s as a soldier stationed at Fort Huachuca. He soon fell in love with the region and upon his discharge found a job as a schoolteacher in nearby Bisbee. Now a university professor and respected poet living in Tucson, still in love with the Southwestern deserts, Shelton sets off for Bisbee on a not-uncommon day trip. Along the way, he reflects on the history of the area, on the beauty of the landscape, and on his own life.


     Price: $23.00



These Is My Words by Nancy Turner book cover

These Is My Words

By Nancy Turner


A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon—from child to determined young adult to loving mother—she shares the turbulent events, both joyous and tragic, that molded her, and recalls the enduring love with cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose.


     Price: $20.00



Other Books


Call Him Mac: Earnest McFarland, The Arizona Years

Call Him Mac: Earnest McFarland, The Arizona Years

By Gary L. Stuart


In "Call Him Mac," Gary L. Stuart renders a nuanced portrait of a young, ambitious, restless, and smiling man on the verge of becoming a political force headed for the highest levels of governance in Arizona and America. Mac's unparalleled political success was fermented during his early Arizona years, the bridge that brought him to his future as an approachable and  likeable statesman of Arizona politics.

- University of Arizona Press


     Price: $24.95


Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?

Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?

By Tish Rabe, Illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Josh Mathieu


The Cat In The Hat's Learning Library books introduce beginning readers to important basic concepts about the world we live in.

- Random House Publisher



      Price $9.99



Stealing The Gila: The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921

Stealing The Gila: The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921

By David DeJong


By 1850 the Pima Indians of central Arizona had developed a strong and sustainable agricultural economy based on irrigation. For a brief period of about 3 decades, the Pima Indians were on equal footing with their non-Indian neighbors. As immigrants settled upstream from the Pima villages, they deprived the Indians of the water they needed to sustain their economy.


This book shows a particular egregious example of a common story in the West: the flagrant local rejection of Supreme Court rulings that protected Indian water rights.

-  University of Arizona Press


      Price: 24.95 (paperback)


When Clay Sings

When Clay Sings

By Byrd Baylor, Illustrated by Tom Bahti


Pieces of broken pots are scattered over the desert hillsides of the Southwest. The Indians there treat them with respect - "Every piece of clay is a piece of someone's life," they say. And the children try to imagine those lives that took place in the desert they think of as their own.

- Aladdin Paperbacks


       Price: $7.99




Arizona's Deadliest Gunfight: Draft Resistance and Tragedy at the Power CabinArizona's Deadliest Gunfight:

Draft Resistance and Tragedy at the Power Cabin

Heidi J. Osselaer  (Signed by author)    






    Price: $29.95



Florence - Images of America, by Pinal County Historical SocietyImages of America - Florence, AZ


Published in partnership with the Arizona Historical Foundation. Preserving Florence's unique heritage was a compelling reason for this book. The team of authors, all affiliated with the Pinal County Historical Society, included more than 200 black & white photographs in the preservation of stories from the past.


    Price: $21.95



Camp Florence Days, A World War II Prisoner of War Camp - by Ralph A. StormCamp Florence Days

A World War II Prisoner of War Camp

By Ralph A. Storm


True account of a young American soldier in his post as a guard at Camp Florence, a POW camp in Arizona for Italian and German prisoners during World War II, The author also worked as a guard at the Poston internment camp for Japanese Americans.


      Price: 14.95


Good Men, Bad Men, Lawmen and a Few Rowdy LadiesGood Men, Bad Men, Lawmen and a Few Rowdy Ladies

By John Swearengin


An interesting history of Florence, its early-day gunmen and lawmen. Includes chapters on Pearl Hart, Pauline Cushman, the Red Gang, vigilantes, and the Gabriel-Phy shootout. 




       Price: $6.00



Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails - Second Edition

Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails - Second Edition

"Signed by the Author"

By Charles A. Wells and Matt Peterson


Includes easy family runs, moderate sport utility adventures, and difficult hard-core challenges with 75 trails, 86 maps, 300 photos plus GPS waypoints. Adventures to Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and more.


     Price: $34.95



Arizona Outlaws and LawmenArizona Outlaws and Lawmen

By Marshall Trimble


A refuge for outlaws at the close of the 1800's, the Arizona Territory was a wild, lawless land of greedy feuds, brutal killings and figures of enduring legend




     Price: $19.99



The Tom Mix Cord - Saga of a Western Film Star's Classic MotorcarThe Tom Mix Cord

- Saga of a Western Film Star's Classic Motorcar

By Bob M. White





       Price: $42.50


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