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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

Tuesday - Saturday: 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. · 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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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

     

Forced To Abandoned Our Fields: The 1914 Clay Southworth Gila River Pima Interviews

Forced To Abandoned Our Fields: The 1914 Clay Southworth Gila River Pima Interviews

By David DeJong

 

During the nineteenth century, upstream diversions from the Gila River decreased the arable land on the Gila River Indian Reservation to only a few thousand acres. As a result the Pima Indians, primarily an agricultural people, fell into poverty. Many Pima farmers and leaders lamented this suffering and in 1914 the United States Irrigation Service assigned a 33-year-old engineer named Clay "Charles" Southworth to oversee the Gila River adjudication. As part of that process, Southworth interviewed 34 Pima elders, thus putting a face of the depth of hardships facing many Indians in the last 19th century. The interviews cover decades of Pima history and reveal the nexus between upstream diversions and Pima economy, agriculture, water use, and water rights. These interviews suggest that is was not the triumph of Western civilization that displaced Pima agricultural economy but the application of a philosophy of economic liberalism that prevented the Pima from building on their own successes.

- University of Utah Press

 

       Price: 34.95

    

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

    

Grazing the Sonoran Desert

Grazing the Sonoran Desert

Wells/Groen Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Price: $12.95

   

 

Even Cowboys Like Prickly PearsEven Cowboys Like Prickly Pears

Wells/Groen Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

      Price: $9.95

   

 

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

   

The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth JuddThe Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd **Virtual Book Club

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

    

 

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

    

Es Verdad (Is It True)Es Verdad (Is It True)**Virtual Book Club

By Lottie C. Devine

 

A story of a family and early day life in Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

       Price: $4.00

     

 

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

     

 

Horseback and AirborneHorseback and Airborne

By Cliff "Tailspin" Edwards

 

The life & times of Cliff "Tailspin" Edwards, from Arizona cowboy to famous airplane pilot and back to Arizona bear & mountain lion hunter & rancher. 

 

 

 

      Price: $4.00

    

 

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

      

 

Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison

Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison **Virtual Book Club

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

    

 

Freemasonry: An Introduction book cover

Freemasonry: An Introduction **Virtual Book Club

By Mark E. Koltko-Rivera

 

From Goodreads: An experienced Freemason and award-winning psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of people interested in joining the order, and those who are simply curious in the wake of recent media coverage.

 

     Price: $12.00

    

 

Lessons With Horses by Randy Helm book cover

Lessons with Horses **Virtual Book Club

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

    

 

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