Arizona Snake Oil Salesmen, Scams, and Hoaxes with Christine Reid

Caviglia-Arivaca Library 17050 W. Arivaca Rd., Arivaca, AZ, United States

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION Entrepreneurs offering assorted “get rich quick” schemes and “cure-alls” have visited Arizona since the early days. Benefitting from tales of abundant resources in the territory, limited law enforcement and communication, a scoundrel could create enticing promises of wealth and health without much external oversight. Newspapers often fanned the hysteria only to later denounce […]


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