Exterior view of Lowell Observatory building in Flagstaff, Arizona. People exiting a main building of the Arizona State Teachers College. Color film scenes from the annual Native American All-Indian Pow-Wow parade circa 1939 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Citizens line the parade route street and native American Indian Men in traditional regalia walk and dance traditional Indian dances on the streets of Flagstaff, Arizona during the Pow Wow. People watch on the sides of the parade route. A native American Indian Apache tribe woman with her young baby in a traditional wrapping. Close-up of an old Apache Indian woman who leans on a cane. The elderly native American woman then smiles and laughs. Cattle herds on a field. Apache horsemen and cowboys on horses work among the herd. Close views of cattle and calfs. Cowboys rope and lasso cattle. View of a burning fire and brands heating in the fire. Cowboys turn a cow on its side and cowboy brings a hot brand to brand the cattle.
A forest service worker cuts and marks a tree for logging operations in Arizona, United States. Loggers cut down a large pine tree with a two man saw. The logs are loaded on a truck by heavy equipment loader. The logs are pushed off the back of the truck by a bulldozer. The logs are loaded in a train. Smoke rises from the locomotive engine of the train as it moves carrying large cut trees. Mountains in the background. A sawmill operation in Flagstaff, Arizona. Logs are brought to sawmills and dumped into a giant pool or pond area. Men with hooks move the logs up onto lifts that carry the logs into the saw mill. Men at the mill output side lift cut lumber off of the running belt track and stack it for pickup by a special lift machine that lifts the lumber bundles. Elevated view from a high ridge of the city of Flagstaff, Arizona. A woman and a child walk on a field with the mountains of the San Francisco Peaks rising in the background.
U.S. Department of Agriculture documentary depicts how rural America used machines to achieve production at a terrible cost to the land and people including erosion and poverty. Clouds over barren and parched land. Expansive views of open western plains and distant mountains. Some cactus plants in undeveloped wide open areas in Arizona. A steam engine locomotive pulls a train in the distance. Hills, cattle graze. Elevated view of a man made Theodore Roosevelt Lake reservoir and the Theodore Roosevelt dam that created it, northeast of Phoenix Arizona. Farms, fields, trees and vegetation. Migrant farmers in overloaded cars and heavily loaded automobiles on a dirt road. A parked trailer. A loaded wagon attached to the car. Boxes of fruits and vegetables including lemons, sweet potatoes and oranges at very low prices. Children of migrant farmers playing together and milling about. Groups of migrant worker farmers looking for work and competing for work in Arizona with four crops a year due to warm conditions and water from dams. Cars with variety of western United States 1939 license plates. Filipino and Mexican immigrant farmers pick fruits and vegetables (lettuce) on a farm. Men work on an irrigated field. Narrator states that Filipino and Mexicans have the jobs because they are strong. They pick and load lettuce into trucks on a lettuce field. Men work at sheds at packing machines to pack the lettuce. Trucks loaded in the field. Mexican border on Rio Grande river valley: Men, women and children work in a field. Most are Mexican. They pick fruits and vegetables and load them into buckets and containers. A man supervises the workers. Women workers pick and sort produce on a field. A man with a loaded horse wagon. Men lift boxes of produce. Migrants work in a field.
Natural wealth of Arizona is shown. Canyon and desert with huge sonoran cactus in Arizona are seen. Mining operations with digger loading rail cars. Huge explosion from dynamite blasting in a mine. Men examine ancient petrified wood trees. Logging, timber, and lumber operations: Two workers operate a two man manual saw and cut a large Ponderosa Pine tree into sections. Dry desert area shown, and then contrasted with irrigated lands as men package harvested carrots. Oranges shown up close growing on citrus orange trees. Mountain peaks shown covered with snow. Two young boys in cowboy clothing sit on a fence and smile. Cowboys graze their cattle animals. Cowboy crosses a field on horseback silhouetted by a bright sunny sky background. City buildings and automobile traffic on the roads of an Arizona city contrasts with rural native American tribal life. An indian woman stands with a baby outside of a traditional hut build with mud and logs. An orange and silver colored (then) modern locomotive races toward the camera position and passes by showing various train cars. Reenanctor playing part dressed as a Spanish conquistador. Spanish mission San Jose de Tumacacori is shown -- a historical monument of Arizona. A man prospecting walks amid rocks with his burro. He picks up a rock and hits on it with a hammer or chisel. Camera shows a vulture flying ominously overhead with a bright blue sky behind. A rattlesnake slithers across the desert ground. Bones of a dead human lying on desert floor. Sign for Tombstone Arizona, and actors portray residents of Tombstone, talking on town streets and fighting cowboys in a pistol firefight. A cowboy (actor) falls, show under a covered wagon. Views of gate at Boothill Graveyard with tombstones. Cross bearing text "Alfred Cantrell. Shot 1881." Another says "Ernest Brodines. Murdered 1882." And a third "M.E. Kellogg. 1882. Died natural death." Next grave crosses are: "Holderman Brothers. Hanged" also "Dan Kelly - hanged" and others.
Bill Holmes risks his life and repairs a high flagstaff in New York City, New York. View of tall buildings and skyscrapers in New York City. A flagstaff on one of the tallest buildings. Man named Bill Holmes is seen climbing his way up to the top of the flag staff in a death defying stunt to repair the flag pole. Men gather on the ground, watch Bill Holmes climbing up. Bill Holmes, with a cigarette in his mouth, on the topmost position of the flag staff. Another man with Bill Holmes on the flag pole, performing the repair. A man stands at the base of the flagstaff and waves to the men.
Mine workers board an elevator lift at the "Copper Queen" copper mine in Bisbee, Arizona, which also produces lead and zinc. Smoke arise from huge chimneys of smelter plant smelting copper in nearby Douglas Arizona. Mining train emerges from mine on tracks and dumps raw material for copper. Workers move carts of ore by hand and dump them. Workers and mechanized diggers work at other non-metallic mines in Arizona. Mountainous region with dry soil is seen. View of Theodore Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River. Men lift wooden blocks to allow water flowing in canals and utilized for irrigation on farms in the Salt River Valley. Lettuce, tomato,carrot and cabbage fields are shown. A man puts a ladder up against and tree and picks citrus fruits from a tree such as oranges or grapefruits. A date tree in a date tree grove is hand pollinated. Close up view of hands of a farmer examining wheat crops and holding wheat in a field. A harvester operates in a barley field. Gunny bags of wheat piled in an area are moved by workers from a truck onto an automated mover. Men stack the bags. Huge stacks of bales of cotton and a man in hat and tie examining the raw cotton. Alfalfa plants shown in field and being baled. View of Coolidge Dam on the Gila River near Globe, Arizona. Imperial Dam on the lower Colorado River is shown next. View of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Hydroelectric generators and power lines are seen. Elevated view of Lake Mead. People wave from a motorboat on Lake Mead. Children splash and play in the lake water. A man in a small boat fishing on Lake Mead.