Arizona History – August 16th

Sunday, August 16th

On this date in 1879, the stages between Maricopa and Phoenix were held up so frequently that acting Gov. John W. Gasper offered a bounty of $500 for every highwayman caught in the act.

On this date in 1881, Ethel Macia, Tombstone pioneer, was born.

On this date in 1901, lightning struck a tree in Coconino County, killing nearly 200 head of sheep under the tree.

On this date in 1936, the city of Tucson discovered that its new underpass on Stone Avenue became a lake after every heavy rain. The city council named it Lake Elmira after Elmira Doakes, a Safford school student who was the first to swim in it.

On this date in 1936, it was announced that a new patrol boat in the San Francisco harbor was being christened “Jeff D. Milton” in honor of Arizona’s veteran law enforcement officer.

(Photo : Ethel Macia with Rose Tree – 1954)

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