Arizona History – October 16th

Friday, October 16th

On this date in 1907, lands were set aside for the Kaibab-Paiute Reservation.

On this date in 1929, the old wooden “pest house” at Ajo was burned to the ground to allow construction of a new and modern isolation hospital on the same land.

On this date in 1929, astounded Tucson residents, including three border patrol men, observed “icebergs” floating in the Santa Cruz River near San Xavier Mission. The phenomenon was explained by the driver of an ice wagon who said he forgot to put up his tailgate while his horse team forded the river. As he pulled up the wagon on the opposite bank, the ice slid off.

On this date in 1929, an 8-foot 8 (2.4-meter) wall of water roared down an arroyo near Fort Thomas, flooding several homes.

On this date in 1934, lawmen tracked down five men who escaped from the Holbrook jail after stealing all the guns in the sheriff’s office. The five were taken in a gun battle in the Tonto Valley.

(Photo : Tonto Valley)

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