Arizona History – April 15th

Thursday, April 15th

On this date in 1859, Camp Colorado was established on the Colorado River as a base for California-bound immigrants. One week later the name was changed to Fort Mohave. It was abandoned in 1861 and regarrisoned by troops from California on May 19, 1863.

On this date in 1893, an advertisement in the Mohave County Miner offered “loaded dice, perfect work and weight & cannot be detected by outsider. Guaranteed to win. Also the finest marked cards made.”

On this date in 1911, President William Howard Taft announced he would veto the joint resolution of Congress providing statehood for Arizona because the proposed state constitution allowed for the recall of judges.

On this date in 1915, state offices were closed in the Salt River Valley as thousands gathered to witness the first spillage of water over Roosevelt Dam.

On this date in 1928, Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society and the Southern Pacific Railroad erected a stone shaft over the graves of Union soldiers who were killed in the skirmish with Confederate forces at Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862.

(Photo : vintage Salt River Valley)

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