Arizona History – May 4th

Tuesday, May 4th

On this date in 1887, a heavy earthquake hit most of the state at 2:12 p.m. In Tucson the few two-story buildings swayed threateningly, clocks were stopped and entire mountain sides in the Catalinas gave way with great clouds of dust visible for days afterward. Volcanoes were reported in the Dragoon Mountains and other mountain ranges.

On this date in 1897, the Tucson chief of police asked the city council for a horse and saddle or a buggy for patrolling the town, but his request was refused because it would cost $12 a month to feed the horse.

On this date in 1898, the Arizona Column of the Rough Riders left Prescott for Cuba amidst the greatest demonstration in that city’s history.

On this date in 1919, Tucson soldiers from the 158th Infantry came home from France.

On this date in 1929, the largest single land deal in the history of Yuma County to that date was consummated with the sale of 30,000 acres (121 square kilometers) of land in the San Christobal Valley to a California syndicate for the purpose of growing dates, citrus fruits and pecans.

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