Arizona History – July 26th

Sunday, July 26th

On this date in 1844, Mariano Samaniego, a southern Arizona freighter, cattleman and operator of the stage line from Tucson to Oro Blanco who became a citizen of the United States under the terms of the Gadsden Purchase, was born.

On this date in 1917, five miles of Ajo Highway was reported washed out, with culvert pipe exposed across the road at intervals. Motorists were warned to use searchlights or risk crashing into the culverts. Sasco and Silverbell were cut off entirely as all roads and bridges leading into those towns were destroyed. Also on this date, a violent hailstorm filled the streets of Flagstaff with six inches (15 centimeters) of ice.

On this date in 1919, the city of Tucson gave 82 acres (33 hectares) of land on South Sixth Avenue to the War Department for use as an aviation field.

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