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President McKinley's Visit to Congress and Wickenburg

Just 100 years ago this month, President William McKinley passed through Wickenburg on his way to visit Congress and the Congress Gold Mine. It was a banner day in the history of Arizona Territory.

The story has a lot to do with the rival railroads that helped open up the territory. The Southern Pacific built its way across the southern part of the state between 1877 and 1880. The Atlantic & Pacific Railroad, controlled by the Santa Fe, built across northern Arizona between 1880 and 1882.

Early in the 1890s, an entrepreneur named Frank M. Murphy built the Santa Fe, …

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