Saturday, January 9th
On this date in 1847, the Mormon Battalion crossed the Colorado River into California after opening the first wagon route across southern Arizona from Santa Fe to San Diego.
On this date in 1908, the Tucson City Council ordered all saloons to close at midnight from then on.
On this date in 1912, tax assessors of Arizona, meeting at Douglas, spent most of the day in a stormy session debating the taxable worth of burros. After considerable argument, a tax of $5 per head was agreed upon.
On this date in 1917, the state Legislature banned the public drinking cup and common towel and established a minimum weekly wage for women of $10.
On this date in 1932, the decapitated skeleton of Adolph Ruth was found. Six months earlier, he had gone into the Superstition Mountain Range in search of the fabled Lost Dutchman Mine.
Friday, January 8th
On this date in 1774, Juan Bautista de Anza and Fr. Francisco Garces set out from Tubac with a party of 34 men to establish a route to California. They traveled to Monterey by way of El Camino del Diablo and returned by the Gila River.
On this date in 1906, the Arizona Supreme Court judges wore black robes for the first time.
On this date in 1929, the Lee’s Ferry Bridge was opened across the Colorado River at Marble Canyon.
On this date in 2011, a shooting outside a Tucson supermarket leaves six people dead and 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, wounded.
(Photo : Lee’s Ferry Bridge – Jon Berghoff)
Thursday, January 7th
On this date in 1912, Gov. Richard E. Sloan wrote to the governors of every state in the Union asking each of them to declare that Arizona’s Admission Day be observed as a national holiday.
On this date in 1947, Henry Chee Dodge, the first chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council, died at Sage Memorial Hospital at age 86.
(Photo : Henry Chee Dodge)
Wednesday, January 6th
On this date in 1880, Tom Mix, famous early Western movie star who at one time lived in Arizona, was born.
On this date in 1881, a post office was established in Galeyville, a town that became a notorious outlaw hangout. Its leading citizen was Curly Bill Brocius.
On this date in 1894, the Prescott police chief and the town constable fought a gun duel over an arrest made by the constable. The police chief was shot twice and seriously wounded.
On this date in 1912, the Montezuma Oil Co., in which Buffalo Bill Cody owned a part interest, began drilling operations in a search for oil near Agua Caliente Springs in Maricopa County. Other companies were also exploring near Fort Huachuca and Vail.
On this date in 1975, Raul Castro becomes Arizona’s first Hispanic governor.
(Photo : Tom Mix and Tony)
Tuesday, January 5th
On this date in 1904, the Arizona Cattle Growers Association was organized in Phoenix.
On this date in 1908, Goldwater’s Department Store in Phoenix added a shoe department.
On this date in 1921, orders were received by Adj. Gen. Walter S. Ingalls from Washington, D.C., to ship all horses used by cavalry troops of the Arizona National Guard to Carlsbad, New Mexico. All cavalry troops were to be converted into the 158th Infantry.
On this date in 1936, The Associated Press wire service was established in Phoenix. Two teletypewriters linked Arizona directly for the first time to the worldwide AP network.
On this date in 1964, Gov. Paul Fannin officially opened the University of Arizona’s new solar-powered desalinization plant — the world’s largest in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.
“The State is the coldest of all cold monsters.”
“Being allowed to choose between the political “left” and the political “right” provides the people with exactly as much power and freedom as allowing them to choose between death by hanging and death by firing squad.”
“All governments are in equal measure good and evil. The best ideal is anarchy.”
“Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws.”
Source: The Burning Platform
As we all await the final results of electoral voting, and wonder what the year brings, one thing is certain: government will continue its’ relentless overreach into our lives, our livelihoods, and endless disdain for our constitution.
Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. Matthew 12:25