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)

Arizona History – October 18th

Sunday, October 18th

On this date in 1866, the Calabasas Post Office was established.

On this date in 1893, hundreds of unemployed men from California moved east along the railroad tracks. Tucson police patrolled the tracks, giving each man a loaf of bread and ordering him to move on.

On this date in 1904, the Salt River rose in the flood over the uncompleted Roosevelt Dam, submerging the working equipment.

(Photo : Salt River)

Arizona History – October 17th

Saturday, October 17th

On this date in 1916, efforts of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce to abolish the Papago Reservation failed.

On this date in 1919, the funeral was held for Jim Sheridan, Tucson pioneer and one of the original locators of the Twin Buttes Mine.

On this date in 1922, the Fort Apache Military Reservation, which had been under War Department jurisdiction since 1877, was declared useless for military purposes and placed under control of the Interior Department.

On this date in 1926, it was announced that Joseph Ferrin, Tucson pioneer, had died.

On this date in 1929, an announcement was made of the completion of the U.S. Magnetic Observatory in Tucson. It was the first fully equipped facility for measuring atmospheric electricity in the U.S., and the third in the world.

On this date in 1933, the trial date was set for a man charged with inventing a fabulous mine near Greaterville and setting it amid sparkling lakes, cold trout streams, then promoting it by mail to unsuspecting easterners.

(Photo : U.S. Magnetic Observatory in Tucson)

(Below: The “sexier” looking Kitt Peak optical observatories)

Spotted in the Skies

Today’s flyby was two helicopters moving fast & low… Definitely military.

We often hear the jets flying in the area, and every once in a while they’ll buzz us out here in the valley.   We’ll get occasional life flights overhead. These guys today were moving rapidly across the valley. It was lucky I got a picture.

Startled us all…

Arizona History – October 16th

Friday, October 16th

On this date in 1907, lands were set aside for the Kaibab-Paiute Reservation.

On this date in 1929, the old wooden “pest house” at Ajo was burned to the ground to allow construction of a new and modern isolation hospital on the same land.

On this date in 1929, astounded Tucson residents, including three border patrol men, observed “icebergs” floating in the Santa Cruz River near San Xavier Mission. The phenomenon was explained by the driver of an ice wagon who said he forgot to put up his tailgate while his horse team forded the river. As he pulled up the wagon on the opposite bank, the ice slid off.

On this date in 1929, an 8-foot 8 (2.4-meter) wall of water roared down an arroyo near Fort Thomas, flooding several homes.

On this date in 1934, lawmen tracked down five men who escaped from the Holbrook jail after stealing all the guns in the sheriff’s office. The five were taken in a gun battle in the Tonto Valley.

(Photo : Tonto Valley)

Arizona History – October 15th

Thursday, October 15th

On this date in 1870, citizens of Phoenix held a meeting and selected an official town site. The first town lots were sold on the following Dec. 23.

On this date in 1873, John L. Blythe built and launched the first large ferry at Lee’s Crossing on the Colorado River.

On this date in 1930, the first airmail arrived in Tucson at 11 a.m. aboard a tri-motored Fokker.

On this date in 1956, construction began on the Glen Canyon Dam, a structure 573 feet (175 meters) above the bed of the Colorado River, 1500 feet (457 meters) long at the crest and containing a lake of over 28 million acre-feet of water which would extend 186 miles (299 kilometers) behind the dam.

(Photo : John L. Blythe)