Arizona History – January 20th

Wednesday, January 20th

On this date in 1862, the Colorado River started rising. Two days later, it rose 3 feet in three hours, reaching its peak on Jan. 23. Fort Yuma became an island and Colorado City, now Yuma, was washed away.

On this date in 1889, Burton C. Mossman, who was to become the first captain of the Arizona Rangers, arrived in Holbrook to become manager of the Aztec Land and Cattle Co., better known as the Hashknife Ranch.

On this date in 1912, 44 delegates representing every labor organization met in Phoenix and formed the Arizona State Federation of Labor.

On this date in 1912, work also began on the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad terminal in Tucson.

On this date in 1961, Stewart Udall becomes the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the first Arizonan to serve in a president’s cabinet.

On this date in 2009, former Gov. Janet Napolitano is confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer becomes the new governor.

(Photo : Stewart Udall)

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