Arizona History – May 13th

Thursday, May 13th

On this date in 1846, President James K. Polk declared that a state of war existed between the United States and Mexico.

On this date in 1905, the dams at Greer and St. John gave way and the St. Johns Valley suffered heavy flood damage.

On this date in 1920, the city of Tucson charged that Phoenix was holding up its census figures until it could learn Tucson’s population — and then boost their numbers to put Phoenix ahead.

On this date in 1929, a forest fire which had burned for days in the Patagonia Mountains was finally put out, just in time to save the town of Harshaw.

On this date in 1929, Barney Oldfield, famous racing driver, narrowly escaped death when his car overturned on the highway near Winslow after hitting a road scraper.

(Photo : President James K. Polk)

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