Arizona History – July 2nd

Thursday, July 2

On this date in 1833, the final title for the Arivaca Land Grant was awarded to Tomas and Ignacio Ortiz.

On this date in 1864, Congress made the Arizona Territory a part of the Surveying District of New Mexico, thus providing for surveying operations within Arizona. Surveys were begun at Initial Point, a stone monument, 8 feet in diameter at the base, 4 feet at the top and 8 feet high, which was placed on a hill on the south side of the Gila River opposite the mouth of the Salt River.

On this date in 1908, Coconino National Forest was created from parts of Black Mesa, Tonto and Grand Canyon Forest Reserves.

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