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Arizona History – May 26

Tuesday, May 26

On this date in 1881, the first telephone office was established in Tucson.

On this date in 1894, the city of Flagstaff was incorporated.

On this date in 1909, the Pima County Court dismissed a 22-year-old murder indictment against Geronimo.

On this date in 1910, the Pima County Board of Supervisors ruled they would not license saloons in mining camps that had no police force.

On this date in 1915, the first furnace was put into operation at the Clarkdale Smelter to smelt the ore from the United Verde mines at Jerome.

On this date in 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed the proclamation creating Sunset Crater National Monument.

Arizona History – May 25

Monday, May 25

On this date in 1892, the Arizona Medical Association was organized in Phoenix. It was incorporated on June 16, 1950.

On this date in 1929, Yuma Mesa Grapefruit Co. announced it would erect a $25,000 packing house in Yuma and the Bomberger Seed Co. would construct a $10,000 warehouse and seed laboratory.

Arizona History – May 24

Sunday, May 24

On this date in 1869, John Wesley Powell and his party began their historic exploration of the Colorado River.

On this date in 1915, Arizona and California celebrated the opening of the new “Ocean to Ocean” highway bridge at Yuma.

On this date in 1925, R.J. Jones of Phoenix, who owned a 160-acre 165-hectare) tract of land located a mile and a half( (2 kilometers) from the Casa Grande ruins, announced that the land would be subdivided and a new town called Coolidge would be built.

On this date in 1930, the State of Arizona presented a bronze statue of John Campbell Greenway to Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

 

Arizona History – May 23

Saturday, May 23

On this date in 1868, Col. Christopher “Kit” Carson, who directed the campaign against the Navajos which resulted in their surrender and the exile of about half the tribe to Fort Sumner between 1864 and 1868, died at Fort Lyon, Colorado, just nine days before the June 1 signing of the treaty which allowed the Navajos to return to their homeland.

On this date in 1919, the Secretary of the Arizona Livestock Board reported that Cochise County was swarming with cattle rustlers.

On this date in 1927, one person died and several were injured when two Santa Fe trains crashed near Flagstaff.

Source: Arizona history May 17-23 – Washington Times

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all. While we live in a time where freedom is a distant memory, let us not forget those who fought to keep us as free as possible, and who paid the ultimate price.

Let us celebrate their lives, once again restore freedom and liberty, and throw off the heavy yoke of corrupt government.

Arizona History – May 19

Tuesday, May 19

On this date in 1890, The Arizona Republican published its first issue and would become the Arizona Republic 40 years later.

On this date on 1892, a stage coach line was established between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

On this date in 1916, private citizens of Arizona let the contract for a solid silver service to be presented to the battleship Arizona. The price was approximately $8,000.

Source: Arizona history May 17-23 – Washington Times

Sat, May 19, 1917 – Page 1 · Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona) · Newspapers.com

Arizona History – May 18

1910: John Gardner, Pima County census enumerator, reports that as he entered a Yaquai village in northern Pima County all the Indians quickly vanished. His total count for the village was one female.

1929: Federal Engineer H.J. Gault arrives in Yuma to begin the final survey of the All-American Canal.

2004: Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches a perfect game, beating the Braves 2-0, in Atlanta. It was the 17th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, and Johnson — at age 40 — was the oldest pitcher to pitch a perfect game.

Source: May 18: Today in Arizona history | Local news | tucson.com

The Aztec Cattle Company & the Hashknife Outfit – Legends of America

In 1884, the Aztec Land and Cattle Company of Boston began operations in Arizona with its headquarters situated across the Little Colorado River from the site of Saint Joseph (now Joseph City.)

The third-largest cattle company in North America, the organization was better known as the Hashknife Outfit because their brand resembled the old hash knives used by chuckwagon cooks. The next year, the Aztec Company transferred its headquarters to Holbrook, Arizona and in 1886, they purchased one million acres of former railroad land from the Atlantic and Pacific for 50 cents an acre. The ranch claimed a range that stretched some  650 miles, from the New Mexico border to just south of Flagstaff.

The company then bought the Hashknife brand and some 33,000 head of cattle and 2,000 horses from the Continental Cattle Company in Texas, which was going broke because of drought. When the stock arrived by rail, they were let off the train at stops all across northern Arizona. Along with the cattle and the brand, also came a number of original Hashknife cowboys.

Source: The Aztec Cattle Company & the Hashknife Outfit – Legends of America

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Arizona History – May 12

Tuesday, May 12

On this date in 1886, fire destroyed the Grand Central pumphouse in Tombstone, causing the mines to flood and shutting down all mining operations.

On this date in 1887, the Tombstone Epitaph reported that a volcano had erupted in the Dragoon Mountains following an earthquake. On this date in 1897, Ed Schiefflin, discoverer of the Tombstone silver mines, died.

On this date in 1913, Herbert Brown, who had come to Arizona in 1873, engaged in lumbering in the Santa Rita Mountains and in the mercantile business in Tucson, died. Brown was the owner of the Tucson Citizen and the Tucson Post newspapers and in 1902 was appointed warden of the Yuma Prison, and operated the Gondolfo Hotel there.

On this date in 1924, Evan Mecham, the first governor in Arizona to be impeached, was born in Duchesne, Utah.

Source: Arizona History May 10-16 | Arizona News | US News