Arizona History – December 9th

Wednesday, December 9th

On this date in 1875, J. Ross Browne, custom house inspector, Indian agent, traveler and writer who wrote, “A Tour Through Arizona” in 1864, died in Oakland, Calif.

On this date in 1915, the preliminary survey for the Mt. Lemmon road began.

On this date in 1918, the citizens of Mesa started a movement for separation from Maricopa County. They wanted to form a new county taking in Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe.

On this date in 1924, Wapatki National Monument northeast of Flagstaff was established by President Calvin Coolidge.

On this date in 1929, a Phoenix fire captain and another firefighter were fatally injured in a collision between two fire trucks. Four other firefighters were less seriously hurt.

(Photo: Wupatki National Monument )

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