Old Photographs of Courtland
I find it frustrating that there were two photography studios in Courtland. Yeah...they were more for family portraits, but very few photos were taken outside the studios. Family cameras were becoming popular...they had them for sale at the various mercantiles, and also offered film developing and print services. If you can remember the pre-digital camera days...you dropped your exposed film off at Walgreen's, and got your prints and negatives back in a week or two...or three....
These are the old photos that I've managed to collect so far. Again...probably major copyright violations...some came from books, some were emailed to me, some I found on the internet, and sometimes, it's just best not to ask....
North Courtland about 1910. The Brick Block (where the sidewalk is) is in the foreground. You can see the Maid of Sunshine Mine in the background.
North Courtland from a photograph in the "Courtland Arizonan" newspaper from late 1909.
North Courtland was known as the tenderloin, or red light district. This photo is from the "Courtland Arizonan" newspaper. I believe they are in front of Sharkey's Pool Hall.
Another view of North Courtland. This is early in 1909, as the Brick Block has not yet been built.
Remains of the Brick Block. This photo was taken around 1974.
North Courtland around 1920. Already a ghost town.
Pearl Christiansen coming out of the Courtland Jail in 1938. Mrs. Christiansen lived in Gleeson, and was a school teacher there.
Courrtland Post Office around 1910.
View from the back of the Courtland Jail and the remains of the Brick Block. This photo is from around 1974.
Courtland Depot. I think this photo was from around 1968.
In front of Renaud's Hardware Store on Main Street.
February 23, 1909. Folks lined up to purchase their lots in the new town of Courtland. The line began to form the night before. Sales were first come, first served, no favorites.
Main Street in Courtland in 1910.
Patrons of the Crescent Cafe. The Crescent Cafe was located in the Brick Block, and is where Sheriff John Bright would bring his prisoners over for their meals. If there were too many "guests" at the jail, the meals were catered.
Southern Arizona Auto Company sold Stevens-Duryea, and Studebaker autos. This dealership building was completed in June, 1909. Southern Arizona Auto Company left Courtland around 1912, and moved to Douglas. They are still in business today.
The Western Hotel stood on the corner of Main Street and "E" Avenue. This photo was taken in June, 1909.
The Great Western Mine shaft. Great Western Copper Company were the folks who donated the land on which Courtland was built.
The backside of the Brick Block- in North Courtland.
North Courtland in 1909.
Courtland Jail -- photographed from a bad angle in 1937.
The new town of Courtland in March 1909.
Courtland post office around 1937. Notice that the PO boxes are on the outside of the building.
Courtland School 1937.
Courtland Union Sunday School 1925.
Year unknown. The back of the photo says, "Smelter." I think it's the water works building.
North Courtland 1908
Year and location of building in Courtland not known. The only thing readable on the back is, "Joe in the long tie."
William Becker looking dapper in 1909. Mr. Becker waa associated with an architectural firm in Phoenix.