Thursday, February 11th
On this day in 1821, J. Ross Browne, the artist and author who wrote about his extensive travels in Arizona, was born in Dublin, Ireland.
On this day in 1922, the Maricopa County Chamber of Commerce met for the first time in Phoenix.
(Photo : J. Ross Browne)
Wednesday, February 10th
On this day in 1857, the Greek camel driver, Hadji Ali, arrived in the United States with a shipload of camels destined to open the first wagon road along the 35th parallel across Arizona.
On this day in 1922, the State Loan Board announced that all farm loans made by the state would be discontinued until $580,000 which had been loaned in error, was repaid.
Tuesday, February 9th
On this day in 1891, the Arizona Press Association was organized in Tucson.
On this day in 1922, a Los Angeles drilling company began exploring the Elgin-Sonoita district of Santa Cruz County for oil and gas deposits.
On this date in 1953, Arizona ends school segregation and the Civil Rights Movement kicks into high gear.
Monday, February 8th
On this date in 1881, Gila County was created from parts of Maricopa and Pinal Counties.
On this date in 1913, the University of Arizona unconditionally prohibited ragtime dancing and said all social functions must end by 11:30 p.m.
On this date in 1932, Winnie Ruth Judd was found guilty of murder by a jury of twelve men at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.
On this date in 1935, Albert Steinfeld, a pioneer Tucson merchant, died.
On this date in 1988, Gov. Evan Mecham is removed from office through impeachment after the state Senate convicted him of obstructing justice and misusing $80,000 in state funds allegedly funneled to his Pontiac dealership to keep it afloat.
(Photo : Evan Mecham)
Arizona History – Sunday February 7th
Today I’m going to link to a wonderful post, loaded with picture of this day in history via Tucson.com. Enjoy!
Saturday, February 6th
On this date in 1899, Henry Fountain Ashurst, youngest member of the Territorial Legislature of Arizona and Speaker of the House, introduced House Bill 41 which created the Northern Arizona Normal School, now Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff.
On this date in 1910, a dynamite blast in Ray killed seven men.
On this date in 1936, the Florence High School basketball team stopped practice long enough to recapture three convicts, one a convicted murderer who jumped over a wall at Arizona State Prison in Florence.
Friday, February 5th
On this date in 1880, the Vekol Mine was located by John D. Walker, Peter R. Brady and Juan Jose Gradello. During the 1990s, the Vekol produced several million dollars worth of silver.
On this date in 1900, Charles Hayden, who established the famous Tempe flour mill and ferry, died.
On this date in 1911, the construction of Roosevelt Dam was completed. Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the dam on March 18. It was 284 feet high, 184 feet thick at the base and impounded a 23-mile-long lake.
(Photos : Roosevelt Dam)
Thursday, February 4th
On this date in 1903, the Salt River Valley Water Users Association was organized.
On this date in 1913, an explosion in a clothing store in the Miami business district shook the entire town, broke water mains and set off a fire.
On this date in 1919, the expressed desire of the state of Utah to purchase the “Arizona Strip” north of the Grand Canyon set off a storm of protest in Arizona.
Wednesday, February 3rd
On this date in 1876, an expedition of 50 men and their families left Salt Lake City and found the first four Mormon settlements along the Little Colorado River.
On this date in 1913, the Arizona Daily Star reported that the entire 5th U.S. Cavalry had been moved to Fort Huachuca. With the arrival of the 5th, the 9th Cavalry which had been stationed there, was assigned to patrol duty with detachments stationed at Nogales, Warren, Naco, Douglas and the Slaughter Ranch.
On this date in 1913, a band of 15 wolves, driven from the mountains by deep snow, menaced ranchers near Prescott.
On this date in 1915, the city of Casa Grande was incorporated.
On this date in 1936, seven workmen burned to death and 13 more were injured in a fire which burned the workers dormitory at the Parker Dam site.
(Photo : Historic downtown Casa Grande)
Tuesday, February 2nd
On this date in 1871, the name of the military post originally established as Camp Ord, and later called Camp Magellan, was changed to Camp Apache.
On this date in 1896, the Graham County Guardian began publication in Safford.
Happy Groundhog day!
(Photo : Vintage Safford, AZ)