Arizona History – October 15th

Thursday, October 15th

On this date in 1870, citizens of Phoenix held a meeting and selected an official town site. The first town lots were sold on the following Dec. 23.

On this date in 1873, John L. Blythe built and launched the first large ferry at Lee’s Crossing on the Colorado River.

On this date in 1930, the first airmail arrived in Tucson at 11 a.m. aboard a tri-motored Fokker.

On this date in 1956, construction began on the Glen Canyon Dam, a structure 573 feet (175 meters) above the bed of the Colorado River, 1500 feet (457 meters) long at the crest and containing a lake of over 28 million acre-feet of water which would extend 186 miles (299 kilometers) behind the dam.

(Photo : John L. Blythe)

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