Arizona History – June 24th

Thursday, June 24th

On this date in 1874, the first female postmistress in Arizona was appointed at Walnut in Yavapai County.

On this date in 1888, Kingman was destroyed by fire.

On this date in 1902, Charles D. Poston, “Father of Arizona,” died in poverty in Phoenix.

On this date in 1910, five Papago Indians were seriously burned during the observance of San Juan’s Day near Menager’s Oasis. A large quantity of explosive powder was accidentally ignited, injuring three children and two adults.

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  1. Today is Dia de San Juan, or the Feast of St. John the Baptist. In addition to being an important feast day for Catholics, Dia de San Juan also marks the beginning of monsoon season. There are a few possible origin stories for the connection between St. John and the monsoons: one suggests that Francisco Vasquez de Coronado declared June 24 th a day of rain in the desert after he prayed for, and received, rain. Another story argues that it was actually a 17 th century Mexican priest who connected St. John to the monsoon when the priest traveled to drought-stricken Chihuahua and prayed for rain. The rain fell in a torrential downpour on June 24 th .

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