Arizona History – July 3rd

Friday, July 3rd

On this date in 1839, Erastus Snow, co-founder of the town of Snowflake, was born.

On this date in 1887, the first railroad line to Phoenix began operation. Crowds gathered at the depot as the first engine pulled into town with three little girls, Mabel Hancock and Serene and Cora Goodrich, ringing the bell.

On this date in 1917, Gila County Sheriff Tom Armer swore in 400 citizens to protect the property at the Old Dominion Mine during a strike, pending the arrival of federal troops.

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