In 2007, as I transitioned from being a small daily newspaper journalist into an historian, I began publishing Borderland Chronicles. As a journalist, I call the publication a magazine because I mail it to subscribers four times a year.
As a historian, I call Borderland Chronicles a series of monographs because it’s meticulously cited history. I hope the folks who’ve subscribed for 10 years will call it good story telling.
Blending those three things is easy because the geography and history of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora is unique. My hometown is unlike any other place on the Mexican-American border because its geographical setting and history are unlike any other place.
I started writing Borderland Chronicles soon after I earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arizona. I kept it up as I published books that are a pictorial history of Douglas and a biography of the amazing B.A. Packard.
I want to keep telling stories about this part of the world because they include a Douglas woman who became the first person in America who retained custody of her children even after her husband divorced her because she was a polio victim confined in an iron lung.
I want to tell the story of how southern California came to have natural gas because of one Douglas man who was far-sighted enough to take a gamble on a small company struggling in the depths of the Great Depression.
I think you’ll enjoy reading these stories in future issues of Borderland Chronicles. Consider subscribing as well purchasing some of my books; click on the Order page.
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