Arizona History – May 11th

Tuesday, May 11th

On this date in 1889, a band of masked men ambushed Maj. J.W. Wham and his military escort carrying a $26,000 army payroll to Fort Thomas. The payroll was stolen and eight soldiers were wounded.

On this date in 1910, the Maricopa-Phoenix train was held up about eight miles from Maricopa. Two bandits relieved all the passengers of their valuables and one passenger was struck over the head with a revolver.

On this date in 1910, work began on the north-south territorial highway out of Prescott.

On this date in 1934, Tucson’s first city hall building, which was built in 1881, was destroyed by fire.

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