Arizona History – October 20th

Tuesday, October 20th

On this date in 1870, the town site of Phoenix was laid out.

On this date in 1893, the federal government gave the Territorial Penitentiary in Yuma 2000 acres (8 square kilometers) of land on which convicts were to work farms.

On this date in 1931, the bodies of two slain women were found in a trunk in Phoenix and one of Arizona’s most famous murder cases was opened with news of the search for Mrs. Winnie Ruth Judd.

(Photo : Territorial Penitentiary in Yuma)

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