Arizona History – October 17th

Saturday, October 17th

On this date in 1916, efforts of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce to abolish the Papago Reservation failed.

On this date in 1919, the funeral was held for Jim Sheridan, Tucson pioneer and one of the original locators of the Twin Buttes Mine.

On this date in 1922, the Fort Apache Military Reservation, which had been under War Department jurisdiction since 1877, was declared useless for military purposes and placed under control of the Interior Department.

On this date in 1926, it was announced that Joseph Ferrin, Tucson pioneer, had died.

On this date in 1929, an announcement was made of the completion of the U.S. Magnetic Observatory in Tucson. It was the first fully equipped facility for measuring atmospheric electricity in the U.S., and the third in the world.

On this date in 1933, the trial date was set for a man charged with inventing a fabulous mine near Greaterville and setting it amid sparkling lakes, cold trout streams, then promoting it by mail to unsuspecting easterners.

(Photo : U.S. Magnetic Observatory in Tucson)

(Below: The “sexier” looking Kitt Peak optical observatories)

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