Arizona History – May 9th

Sunday, May 9th

On this date in 1540, Captain Juan Hernando de Alarcon left Acapulco, Mexico to sail north until he reached the headwaters of the Gulf of California, thus becoming the first white man to explore beyond the mouth of the Colorado River.

On this date in 1869, Camp Hualapai was established as Camp Toll Gate. The camp was established in the Aztec Mountains overlooking Walnut Creek. The name was changed to Camp Hualapai on October 4, 1870. The post was abandoned on July 31, 1873.

On this date in 1884, a powder magazine on the outskirts of Phoenix exploded, shattering windows throughout the town.

On this date in 1922, the last federal troops left Fort Apache just as the first Lutheran mission was dedicated there with the baptism of 100 Apaches.

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