Tuesday, February 23rd
On this date in 1540, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado set out from Mexico in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola. His expedition was the first to explore what is now Arizona, and his men were the first Europeans to visit the Hopi Villages and to see the Grand Canyon.
On this date in 1931, 15 convicts escaped form the State Prison at Florence.
Monday, February 22nd
On this date in 1825, John Baptiste Salpointe, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Arizona, was born.
On this date in 1876, a five-stamp quartz mill was put into operation at Mineral Park by the Mineral Park Mill Co.
On this date in 1890, Walnut Grove Dam on the Hassayampa River broke after heavy rains, causing the loss of 50 lives.
(Photo : Hassayampa River Preserve)
Sunday, February 21st
On this date in 1881, the Flagstaff Post Office was established.
On this date in 1908, representatives of the Kickapoo Indian tribe were in Douglas negotiating for the purchase of 200,000 acres (809 square kilometers) of land 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Douglas for a permanent home for the tribe.
On this date in 1930, Arizona hanged a woman for the first time for murder when Eva Dugan died on the scaffold at State Prison for killing A.J. Mathis, Tucson rancher.
On this date in 2008, Evan Mecham, a firebrand conservative who served 15 months as governor of Arizona before an impeachment trial removed him from office in 1988, dies at age 83 in Phoenix.
(Photo : Evan Mecham)
Saturday, February 20th
On this date in 1912, the Glendale News was established.
On this date in 1925, the construction of Mormon Flat Dam was completed and Saguaro Lake began to fill.
(Photo : Saguaro Lake – Gerry Groeber)
Friday, February 19th
On this date in 1891, Coconino County, largest in Arizona and second largest in the U.S., was established.
On this date in 1904, Burt Alvord, Cochise County outlaw, was wounded and captured near Naco, Ariz.
On this date in 1907, Al Sieber, U.S. Army scout and guide, was killed by a falling boulder during construction of the road north of Roosevelt Dam.
On this date in 1914, Thomas Jeffords, Chiricahua Apache Indian agent and close friend of Cochise, died.
On this date in 1927, the Grand Jury barred 13 “art” magazines from the Tucson newsstands.
Thursday, February 18th
On this date in 1896, a dentist’s ad in the Arizona Gazette offered extractions for 50 cents, silver fillings for $1.50, gold fillings for $2 and plates ranging from $7 to $10, with a Saturday Special of 25 cents for extractions.
On this date in 1908, the school teacher at Createrville, Arizona, filed charges against the saloonkeeper of that town because he sold liquor to school children and they came to classes drunk.
Wednesday. February 17th
On this date in 1865, William Wrightson, who brought the first printing press to Arizona, was killed by Apaches in the Santa Rita mountains. Mount Wrightson is named for him.
On this date in 1908, Mrs. Ellen Lynn was appointed as the first woman mail carrier in Tucson. Lynn covered Rural Route 1, which circled the entire town of Tucson, in a horse and buggy.
On this date in 1909, Geronimo died at Fort Sill, Okla.
On this date 1913, a prehistoric graveyard was unearthed along Sycamore Creek near Prescott containing the skeletons of people who appeared to have been at least 8 feet tall.
Tuesday, February 16th
On this date in 1890, a midnight battle developed at Red Rock, Arizona, railroad station when a band of tramps attempted to capture the Southern Pacific fast freight.
On this date in 1908, the Shattuck-Arizona Copper Co. and the Denn-Arizona Copper Co. announced plans to construct a smelter at Douglas for the reduction of Shattuck-Denn ore.
On this date in 1913, the first train to serve Fort Huachuca arrived at the Army post at 4:35 p.m. on the El Paso and Southwestern line.
(Photo : Fort Huachuca circa 1880s)
Monday, February 15th
On this date in 1871, Arizona’s first Indian school was established at Sacaton agency by the Rev. Charles H. Cook, missionary teacher.
On this date in 1900, five masked robbers held up the Southern Pacific passenger train at Fairbanks. Jeff Milton, the express messenger, was wounded but managed to fight off the robbers and mortally wound “Three Finger” Jack.
On this date in 1908, Maricopa County Sheriff Carl Hayden was married in Los Angeles to Miss Nan Downing.
On this date in 1922, John Horton Slaughter, Cochise County rancher and sheriff and representative to the Territorial Legislature for Cochise County, died.
(Photo : John Horton Slaughter)
Sunday, February 14th
On this date in 1830, Anson P.K. Safford, third territorial governor and founder of Arizona’s public school system, was born.
On this date in 1908, Emilio Carillo, a pioneer settler of Tucson and owner of Rossi’s Cafe and a ranch at Tanque Verde, died.
On this date in 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the Statehood Bill making Arizona the 48th state of the United States.
(Photo : Anson P.K. Safford)