Arizona History – September 1

Tuesday, September 1st

On this date in 1865, the first public mail to reach Tucson since the beginning of the Civil War arrived from California.

On this date in 1876, Dr. Nelson Bledsoe, former chief surgeon of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Co. at Bisbee and for many years a practicing physician in Southern Arizona, was born.

On this date in 1894, a cloudburst in the Graham Mountains swept Willcox with 2 feet (61 cenitmeters) of water, causing the adobe buildings in town to crumble away.

On this date in 1921, detachments of U.S. troops from Camp Stephen D. Little were ordered stationed at Ruby, Arizona. following the murder of the Ruby postmaster and his wife there.

On this date in 1932, fire on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon destroyed the main dining room and cottages valued at more than $500,000.

(Photo: North Rim of the Grand Canyon – National Park Service)

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