Excavating Pinnacle Peak Village, 2 Parts Start Here
Jan01

Excavating Pinnacle Peak Village, 2 Parts Start Here

Part 1. Pinnacle Peak Village, the archeological site, is located 1.5 miles southeast of Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona. In this multi-part  series, A Peek at the Peak (The Peak) will re-publish past articles about the site supplemented by information and photographs from “Pinnacle Peak, Images of America” that was written by the current editor of The Peak in 2011. We begin with Bob Mason’s article that...

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Riding for the Devil’s Brand
Nov13

Riding for the Devil’s Brand

This November I’m giving thanks to the talented writers and photographers who have donated and continue to donate their time and talents to The Peak magazine. This article recognizes the “work” of  three of the all-time best, Cave Creek poet J. Douglas Hinds and north Scottsdale photographers/graphic designers Frank Biondo and the late Tony Nelssen. Editor Riding the Devil’s Brand By J. Douglas Hinds That poor...

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The Peak, 1991: Indifference & Enjoyment
Aug29

The Peak, 1991: Indifference & Enjoyment

The past editions of The Peak have been donated by GPPA to the City of Scottsdale to help preserve the historical record. Back issues that have been processed are available on the library’s website for the community to enjoy. Yesterday, I was readying some back copies to drop off at the library when the headline of the July/August 1991 Peak caught my eye, “PINNACLE PEAK/NORTH SCOTTSDALE A VICTIM OF INDIFFERENCE.”...

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A Mystery of the Desert
Jun09

A Mystery of the Desert

By Ruth Lundquist, Second Place Winner, 2012 Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest February 1977 was the start of our second year in Arizona. It was also a time with heavy rain storms unlike any we have ever seen. Running washes flowing down the mountains covered all of our streets. The wall surrounding our subdivision had open places for the rush of water to flow through preventing the force of the water from destroying the wall. One...

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First Day in School and Tales of Brother Germano
May30

First Day in School and Tales of Brother Germano

Editor’s Note I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1960. During my freshman year at  URI, I fortunately met “Duke” Germano, who later broke new ground, becoming the first blind student to graduate from URI. In the 50s, it was unusual to go to school with a handicapped person. Germano was not the only one learning during those years. His friends, fellow-students, professors, and school administrator were...

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The Desert Center: A Special Pinnacle Peak Secret
Apr26

The Desert Center: A Special Pinnacle Peak Secret

From A Peek at the Peak Magazine, October 1997 Fewer than 100 people lived in the Pinnacle Peak area in the late 1970s. That is when Florence Nelson began travelling to local schools to educate kids about the desert. The work done by the Desert Center she started is an important part of the heritage of Scottsdale’s Desert Discovery Center. The Desert Center, which was managed for years by Scottsdale residents Donna and Dave Ropp...

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Ft. McDowell Patrol Report, May 9th, 1870
Mar31

Ft. McDowell Patrol Report, May 9th, 1870

Ft. McDowell Patrol Reports Edited by Bob Mason   This is one in a series of rare patrol reports written by the officer in charge immediately after the return to McDowell. They offer a first hand look at a soldier’s life there in the 1860s. The exact grammar and punctuation are reproduced. Parenthetical notations have been made by the editor for clarity, except for numerals, which were included by the officer writing the report....

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Betty Blake’s “Mac The Pack” Has Write Stuff
Feb14

Betty Blake’s “Mac The Pack” Has Write Stuff

This article by Betty Blake was originally published in the September 2006 issue of A Peek at the Peak magazine.  It was published because judges selected it as the winner of The Peak’s 2006 Write Stuff contest. Of the five judges, I was the only one who knew that as an American Betty Blake had the “right stuff.” I have not seen her in several years and I just learned from Wikipedia that she died in 2015 at age 95....

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An Interview with Betty Blake
Feb14

An Interview with Betty Blake

An Interview with Betty Blake  From A Peek at the Peak, January 2006 issue  Prologue  North Scottsdale resident Betty Blake served in the military as a pilot from October 1942 through December 1944. As one of the first female military pilots, she helped breakdown cultural barriers within the military and pave the way for the many female pilots who serve our country today. The interview below is from Since You Asked, Arizona Veterans...

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Four Ole Cowpokes Looking for Shelter
Jan29

Four Ole Cowpokes Looking for Shelter

By J. Douglas Hinds   Four of us were headin’ east The sky overcast and gray There was Jack, Bill, Dave and me Out looking for some strays   Sure enough those clouds got mean And it didn’t take us long The rain was easily felt and seen So we put our slickers on   But the rain was easy ridin’ As we rode along the trail Until that bolt of lightnin’ When the rain gave way to hail   Those horses froze...

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