Thursday, July 23rd
On this date in 1844, James “Uncle Jimmy” Pearce, discoverer of the Pearce copper mines in 1895, was born.
On this date in 1882, the Mormon settlement of Tempe was founded after it purchased 80 acres of land for $3,000 from Charles T. Hayden, pioneer merchant, miller and ferryman.
On this date in 1909, armies of grasshoppers stripped the alfalfa fields of Mesa.
On this date in 1927, residents of Willcox, unhappy over the division of tax receipts, voted unanimously for separation from Cochise County.
On this date in 1931, a new $500,000 bridge was opened over the Salt River in Tempe on the anniversary of the settlement of the city by Charles T. Hayden.