Arizona History – March 15th

Monday, March 15th

On this date in 1711, Father Francisco Eusebio Kino died in Sonora, Mexico.

On this date in 1881, the Tombstone stage, carrying $80,000 in bullion, was robbed. Stage driver Bud Philpot was killed during the bungled robbery.

On this date in 1899, an international tug of war contest was held in Phoenix.

On this date in 1899, Santa Cruz County, the state’s smallest county, was established after being formed out of Cochise and Pima counties.

On this date in 1936, the monument to Father Kino was unveiled in Tucson.

On this date in 1960, Kitt Peak National Observatory was dedicated.

(Photo : Father Francisco Eusebio Kino)

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