Arizona History – January 9th

Saturday, January 9th

On this date in 1847, the Mormon Battalion crossed the Colorado River into California after opening the first wagon route across southern Arizona from Santa Fe to San Diego.

On this date in 1908, the Tucson City Council ordered all saloons to close at midnight from then on.

On this date in 1912, tax assessors of Arizona, meeting at Douglas, spent most of the day in a stormy session debating the taxable worth of burros. After considerable argument, a tax of $5 per head was agreed upon.

On this date in 1917, the state Legislature banned the public drinking cup and common towel and established a minimum weekly wage for women of $10.

On this date in 1932, the decapitated skeleton of Adolph Ruth was found. Six months earlier, he had gone into the Superstition Mountain Range in search of the fabled Lost Dutchman Mine.

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