Arizona History – August 12th

Wednesday, August 12th

On this date in 1878, Jack Swilling, one of the founders of the town of Phoenix, died.

On this date in 1883, the Florence to Globe stage and the Prescott to Ash Fork stage were both held up on the same night. The shotgun messenger on the Florence to Globe stage was killed.

On this date in 1886, fire destroyed a block of 14 business buildings in Phoenix, causing $100,000 in damage.

On this date in 1890, Professor Frank A. Gully was made the first faculty member of the University of Arizona by the Board of Regents.

On this date in 1919, 2,000 citizens of the Casa Grande Valley attended a mass meeting in Florence and pledged $50,000 to finance a campaign for the San Carlos Dam.

(Photo: Jack Swilling)

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