Arizona History – April 1st

Thursday, April 1st

On this date in 1861, the Overland Mail Company discontinued its route through Arizona because the Civil War in the east forced troop withdrawals and the closing of forts in Arizona, leaving no protection for the letter carriers against Apache Indians.

On this date in 1919, a troop train carrying discharged soldiers from Nogales to Tucson was rerouted after military authorities learned that professional gamblers had gathered in Tucson, hoping to relieve the soldiers of their back-pay.

On this date in 1927, 5,000 Salt River Valley residents helped the city of Glendale celebrate the inauguration of its street lighting system.

On this date in 1931, the Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established.

On this date in 1952, construction of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum began.

(Photo : Canyon de Chelly National Monument)

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