Arizona History – December 23rd

Wednesday, December 23rd

On this date in 1854, Albert Steinfeld, who became one of Tucson’s most prominent businessmen and civic leaders, was born in Hanover, Germany.

On this date in 1883, the Salt River rose 14 feet (4.3 meters) after a prolonged rain. The dam and headgate of the Grand Canal were torn out as a result.

On this date in 1883, Felix G. Hardwick claimed a $500 reward offered by the Arizona Territorial Legislature for the first bale of cotton to be produced in Arizona.

On this date in 1914, swollen by a week of rain, the Santa Cruz River flooded its valley and flowed a mile and a half wide at Amado.

On this date in 1929, Bishop Daniel Gercke dedicated the bells of the little chapel at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson.

(Photo : Santa Cruz River – vintage)

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