Category Archives: Arizona

Arizona History – January 14th

Thursday, January 14th

On this date in 1868, the Military Division of the Pacific announced the establishment of Camp Willow Grove to protect the road from Fort Mohave to Fort Whipple.

On this date in 1889, the first Mormon academy was founded in St. Johns.

On this date in 1912, Senorita Ramoncita Kosterlitzky, daughter of Col. Emilio Kosterlitzky, Chief of the Mexican Rurales, was married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Douglas to John Zamborelon.

On this date in 1921, an automobile was placed on trial in Superior Court in Prescott for being in violation of the prohibition law.

Arizona History – January 13th

Wednesday, January 13th

On this date in 1921, John Goldstrom, a reporter for The Arizona Republic arrived in San Francisco after being flown from New York on a transcontinental mail plane. Goldstrom’s experiences included sky-sickness, subzero temperatures in an open plane, blizzards, forced landings with damage to the plane and being lost in a desert sandstorm for 17 hours without water. The trip took 13 days, 6 hours, and 35 minutes.

On this date in 1929, Wyatt Earp died at the age of 81 in Los Angeles.

(Photo : Wyatt Earp)

Arizona History – January 12th

Tuesday, January 12th

On this date in 1883, the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks were completed so that Tucson could be reached from the East Coast by way of the San Antonio.

On this date in 1921, a fire in Payson destroyed two residences, a warehouse, a dance hall, a barn, a hotel and a restaurant. The entire town fought the blaze for more than two hours to prevent further damage.

Arizona History – January 11th

Monday, January 11th

On this date in 1908, the Grand Canyon National Monument was established.

On this date in 1921, electric street cars were installed in Mesa.

On this date in 1921, Mayor James A. Harrison of Nogales narrowly escaped death when a bullet fired by a policeman at an escaping burglar entered his bedroom window and lodged in the footboard of his bed.

Arizona History January 10th

Sunday, January 10th

On this date in 1828, Henry C. Hooker, who established the famous Sierra Bonita Ranch in Graham County, was born in New Hampshire.

On this date in 1912, Globe residents concerned over the high costs of living were relieved to learn that local barbers weren’t increasing Saturday haircuts to 75 cents.

Arizona History – January 9th

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.

Arizona History – January 8th

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)

Arizona History – January 7th

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)

Arizona History – January 6th

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)

Arizona History – January 5th

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.