Arizona History – March 4th

Thursday, March 4th

On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed John A. Gurley to be territorial governor.

On this date in 1867, Camp Crittenden, named after Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden, was established in the Sonoita Valley.

On this date in 1872, the first public school in Tucson opened with John Spring employed as the first teacher.

On this date in 1911, The Arizona Republic reported a raid on the Chinatown district of Phoenix which uncovered four opium dens in full operation. Eleven opium pipes were confiscated, including one of cactus wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl.

On this date in 1930, Coolidge Dam was dedicated, although the lake had not filled up high enough to cover the grass. Humorist Will Rogers, guest speaker at the dedication, said that if it was his lake, he would have mowed it.

On this date in 1978, Gov. Wesley Bolin died just three after succeeding Raul Castro. Bruce Babbitt was sworn in and became as the state’s third governor over the past four and a half months.

(Photo : Coolidge Dam)

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