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Arizona History – July 9th

Thursday, July 9

On this date in 1857, the first mail to go through Arizona was carried on horseback from San Antonio, Texas, by James E. Mason. It arrived in Tucson on Aug. 19 after being delayed by American Indian attacks east of El Paso, Texas.

On this date in 1901, the city of Williams was incorporated.

On this date in 1952, Coronado National Forest was established.

(Photo : Coronado National Forest)

Moving Out

A combination of the coronavirus pandemic, economic uncertainty, and social unrest is prompting waves of Americans to move from large cities and permanently relocate to more sparsely populated areas. The trend has been accelerated by technology and shifting attitudes that make it easier than ever to work remotely.

Residents of all ages and incomes are moving in record numbers to suburban areas and small towns. A perfect storm of factors makes the decision to leave major cities like New York very obvious. The dense nature of urban living and the lack of proper local government planning led to the coronavirus spreading five times faster in New York than the rest of the country. The city that never sleeps now resembles a ghost town in many areas after thousands of its wealthy and middle-class residents fled early in the pandemic.

Source: Americans leave large cities for suburban areas and rural towns | TheHill

h/t to hardscrabblefarmer

We’re seeing the biggest uptick in sales since 2008. After years of little interest in rural, remote properties, interest has never been higher.

In the cities (Kingman, Lake Havasu, and Bullhead) many properties are selling within a day of being listed. We’re back into bubble territory, but with interest rates being at historical lows, the mini boom looks to continue.

Meanwhile, land prices are finally seeing upward pressure on prices, so now is a good time to get yours before it’s too late. Call now!

 

Arizona History – July 8th

Wednesday, July 8th

On this date in 1911, the Arizona Daily Star announced that the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Prescott would present the University of Arizona with a pair of iron gates for the main entrance.

On this date in 1922, thirty businesses were flooded, the power plant failed, three bridges were washed out and adobe houses dissolved when the twin cities of Nogales, AZ & Nogales, Sonora were swept by their worst flood in 12 years.

On this date in 1930, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld the right of Cochise County to move the county seat from Tombstone to Bisbee.

(Photo : Nogales, AZ )

Arizona History – July 7th

Tuesday, July 7

On this date in 1883, an agreement was made between the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Interior to turn over police control of the San Carlos Reservation to the military.

On this date in 1892, the Mexican band was declared a public nuisance by the Phoenix City Council because it practiced all day and played all night.

On this date in 1917, Jerome miners rejected membership in IWW and voted to remain on the job. Miners in Ray ran IWW organizers out of town.

On this date in 1923, the first meeting of the Navajo Tribal Council was held. Chee Dodge served as the first chairman.

On this date in 1933, the first murder of a motorist by a hitchhiker in Arizona took place on the Tucson-Nogales highway.

On this date in 1930, work began on the Hoover dam.

(Photo : Jerome, Arizona – “The Wickedest Town in the West.”)

Hoover Dam Began on This Day

On July 7, 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.

Although the dam would take only five years to build, its construction was nearly 30 years in the making. Arthur Powell Davis, an engineer from the Bureau of Reclamation, originally had his vision for the Hoover Dam back in 1902, and his engineering report on the topic became the guiding document when plans were finally made to begin the dam in 1922.

Source: Construction on Hoover Dam Begins – HISTORY

h/t to theburningplatform

Arizona History – July 6th

Monday, July 6

On this date in 1890, Warren Earp, youngest of the Earp brothers, was shot to death by John Boyett in the Headquarters Saloon in Willcox.

On this date in 1920, the town of Gilbert was incorporated.

On this date in 1934, the first lethal gas execution in Arizona took the lives of two brothers who had been convicted of the murder of a prospector near Casa Grande.

(Photo : Willcox AZ)

Arizona History – July 5th

Sunday, July 5th

On this date in 1867, Andrew E. Douglass, astronomer and educator, who developed dendrochronology, the science of tree-ring dating, was born.

On this date in 1917, four troops of the U.S. Cavalry and one machine gun troop were rushed to Globe when state authorities could not control the rising disorder among the miners there. In Ajo at the New Cornelia Mine, 75% of the miners joined the Worker’s Loyalty League, pledging not to strike.

On this date in 1936, 10 contestants were injured, one fatally, at Prescott’s annual Frontier Days Rodeo.

Photo: Andrew Ellicott Douglass