RARE 1879 PHOENIX, ARIZONA TERRITORIAL NEWSPAPER
The Phoenix Herald, Arizona Territory
July 9, 1879
Page three has bold single-column headlines: “LATEST ARIZONA NEWS. A Double Murder at Tombstone.” By a letter via Tucson headlined: “Another Murder at Tombstone,” comes a report “….that John Hicks was shot and killed and his brother was mortally wounded on last Sunday night. The writer says that the shooting was done by Levy McCormick and a man named Jackson, but the coroner’s jury found that death was caused by a shot fired by some one unknown.” (This was just over two years before the famous “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” showing that there had been quite a number of murders in Tombstone already)
In mining news, there I see a report of “an egg of pure gold, worth $106, which was produced from 500 pounds of ore rock.” Another item states that “Rich ore has been struck in the Golden Reef min, Globe (Ariz.).
Page one contains an article titled: “The Estate of Brigham Young,” discussing the infighting over the late Mormon leader’s possessions. Personally, I like reading the numerous advertisements for saloons, the railroad, Express Companies that shipped gold, silver and other commodities by stagecoach, and more.
Four pages, complete, and in simply excellent condition! Here is a unique opportunity to own a genuine newspaper from Phoenix when it was still a growing frontier town in the middle of outlaws, gunfights, Indian attacks, and a pioneer people struggling to survive in the Sonoran Desert (without air conditioning)!
Our research indicates this issue is one of only three surviving of this date. It won’t last long.