Friday, July 17th
On this date in 1781, Father Francisco Garces was killed by Indians at his mission near Yuma.
On this date in 1882, the four-hour long “Battle of Big Dry Wash” was fought between the Apache Indians and U.S. Cavalry troops on Chevelon’s Fort.
On this date in 1935, the city of Phoenix purchased Sky Harbor Airport.
(Photo : Battle of Big Dry Wash Monument – Legends of America)