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Photos: 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

Photos: 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

On March 28, 1881, P.T. Barnum and James Bailey merged their circuses to form Barnum and Bailey's circus, known as "The Greatest Show on Earth." The circus spawned a motion picture starring Charlton Heston and James Stewart. Ringling Brothers…

March 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The legend of John "Button Salmon" and "Bear Down"

The legend of John "Button Salmon" and "Bear Down"

The remains of John "Button" Salmon are marked by a tombstone at Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory.

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Tales from the Morgue: Motherless biddies

Tales from the Morgue: Motherless biddies

Electricity is a wonderful thing. We know this best when we don't have it for a while.

March 24, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Railroad from Tucson to Phoenix

With Tucson often relegated to ugly stepsister status among Arizona cities, it must have been quite refreshing to have those in Phoenix clamoring for a railroad line to Tucson.

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Tales from the Morgue: Playground of the nation

Tales from the Morgue: Playground of the nation

Once upon a time, when half a million dollars bought more than it does today, some capitalists outside of Tucson decided such a sum could make Tucson the country's playground. These backers intended a resort-style hotel and golf course.

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Tales from the Morgue: Dancing in the streets

The first paving work on a city street would soon be completed. How would such a feat of progress be celebrated?

March 14, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Resignation not accepted

The song "Take This Job and Shove It" was not yet written when the dog catcher tendered his resignation, but one could imagine him singing it nonetheless.

March 13, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Kissing babies really works

A man had been sentenced to six months in jail and a $50 fine for assaulting his wife. His behavior toward his baby saved him from the $50 fine.

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Tales from the Morgue: The end of the bighorns on Pusch Ridge

Tales from the Morgue: The end of the bighorns on Pusch Ridge

There's a lot of talk lately about the repopulation of Pusch Ridge with bighorn sheep. While many sheep were captured and transported to the ridge last fall, almost half of them are now dead.

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Photos: Past 'Best Picture' Oscar winners

Photos: Past 'Best Picture' Oscar winners

Take a look at some of the past Oscar winners for "Best Picture." Not represented here by a photo are: "The Broadway Melody," 1928-1929; "Grand Hotel," 1931/1932; "Cavalcade," 1932/1933; "The Great Ziegfeld," 1936; "The Life of Emile Zola," 1…

February 24, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Historic photos: America's first chain store, F.W. Woolworth

Historic photos: America's first chain store, F.W. Woolworth

On Feb. 22, 1879, F.W. Woolworth open the first chain store in American in Utica, NY. The chain closed the last Woolworth store in 1997. In Tucson, a fire in the Woolworth store in Congress made big news in 1941 and the store moved to Congres…

February 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Photos: Washington Monument anniversary

Photos: Washington Monument anniversary

The Washington Monument was dedicated Feb. 21, 1885. After an earthquake a few years ago, it was closed to tourists until repairs were made. Take a look at photos then and now.

February 21, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Tales from the Morgue: Lost in the Catalinas

It's a story heard too often. A hiking party in the Catalina Mountains encounters an unexpected snow storm and is missing. This one involved two University of Arizona students.

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Tales from the Morgue: Women on juries?

Tales from the Morgue: Women on juries?

Once upon a time, juries consisted of men — usually white men. If the defendant was a woman, the jury still had only men. So much for a jury of one's peers.

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Arizona Daily Star ebooks

Arizona Daily Star ebooks

The Arizona Daily Star has produced several ebooks for Kindle and Nook. Some are based on Tales from the Morgue series and others are based on other special sections or series from the Star.

February 06, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Arizona Daily Star eBooks

Arizona Daily Star eBooks

Some “Tales from the Morgue” series are now available as eBooks along with some other Arizona Daily Star special sections. Click the links below the book covers to go to the pages on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com

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Tales from the Morgue: Snow in the desert and a bit of treason

Tales from the Morgue: Snow in the desert and a bit of treason

We have heard so much about snow over much of the country that we might yearn for some ourselves. However, the freezing temperatures that accompany that snow, we'd just rather do without.

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Tales from the Morgue: Billiards is a clean game

Tales from the Morgue: Billiards is a clean game

The game of billiards had a better reputation than the game of pool in 1914, it would seem, even though they are the same to many. Perhaps pool halls were the source since they were often considered places of drinking and gambling.

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Tales from the Morgue: Motorcycle club is a 'go'

Tales from the Morgue: Motorcycle club is a 'go'

When one thinks of hobbies for the year 1914, motorcycles is probably not the first hobby that comes to mind, except of course, for motorcycle enthusiasts.

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Photos: Winter Olympics moments in history

Photos: Winter Olympics moments in history

The first Winter Olympics games were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. They were held every four years excluding a suspension during World War II. A decision by the International Olympic Committee in 1986 called for the summer and winter game…

January 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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About this blog

Tales from the Morgue is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library - also known as News and Research Services - for 18 years before becoming an online content producer for StarNet. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

If you have suggestions, comments or questions about this blog, e-mail jeubank@azstarnet.com.

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