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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
On this date in 1880, George Warren gambled his interest in the Copper Queen Mine at Bisbee on a horse race and lost. His share eventually became worth $20 million.
On this date in 1917, Arivaca Land and Cattle Co. sponsored a big Fourth of July celebration with a rodeo, burro and pony races, contests and games.
On this date in 1921, Fourth of July merrymaking combined with a celebration of the progress of the government diversion dam near Florence was interrupted when a 3-foot wall of water rose behind and quickly topped the unfinished dam, sending picnickers scrambling for higher ground.
On this date in 1925, two days of rain storms flooded Tucson, washed out the Nogales road and brought down telephone and telegraph lines throughout southern Arizona.
Hope everyone has a great 4th of July, celebrating America!
On this date in 1839, Erastus Snow, co-founder of the town of Snowflake, was born.
On this date in 1887, the first railroad line to Phoenix began operation. Crowds gathered at the depot as the first engine pulled into town with three little girls, Mabel Hancock and Serene and Cora Goodrich, ringing the bell.
On this date in 1917, Gila County Sheriff Tom Armer swore in 400 citizens to protect the property at the Old Dominion Mine during a strike, pending the arrival of federal troops.