Arizona History – October 19th

Monday, October 19th

On this date in 1846, the Mormon Battalion, under the command of Philip St. George Cooke, set out from Santa Fe to open the first wagon road across Arizona.

On this date in 1859, Selim Franklin, who was instrumental in the introduction and passage of the bill providing for the University of Arizona, was born.

On this date in 1917, Pima County became the first county in the nation to oversubscribe it’s Liberty Bond allotment.

On this date in 1922, the first highway bridge over Lynx Creek in Prescott was opened.

(Photo : Mormon Battalion)

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