Arizona History – December 8th

Tuesday, December 8th

On this date in 1883, five men held up the Goldwaters Castanada store in Bisbee, killing four people, including one woman.

On this date in 1899, Sheriff Frank Wattron issued printed invitations to the hanging of convicted murderer George Smiley. The invitations said, “the latest improved methods of scientific strangulation will be employed and everything possible will be done to make the surroundings cheerful and the execution a success.”

On this date in 1906, the Petrified Forest National Monument was established by President Theodore Roosevelt. It became a national park in 1962.

On this date in 1913, Gov. George W.P. Hunt filed a protest with Gen. Vanustiano Carranza of Mexico over the wholesale execution of prisoners of war by Pancho Villa.

On this date in 1929, fire partially destroyed the plant of the Arizona Silver Belt Publishing Co. at Miami. Valuable newspaper files dating back to 1878 were saved.

On this date in 1931, Gov. George W.P. Hunt protested the abandonment of the Army Posts at Douglas and Nogales, claiming that it destroyed Arizona’s sense of security.

(Photos : Petrified Forest National Monument)

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