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Today in Arizona History

March 20, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, March 24

On this date in 1856, Sonora Exploring and Mining Company was organized in Cincinnati to develop silver mines in southern Arizona. The Heintzelman Mine, near Arivaca, was the company’s first development.

On this date in 1902, Samuel Friedman, proprietor of the Grand Central Hotel at Benson and of several mining claims in the Dragoon Mountains, died.

Monday, March 25

On this date in 1901, prospectors discovered gold four miles from Wickenburg, sparking a rush of placer miners to the Hassayampa River.

On this date in 1902, The Arizona Daily Star reported that an oil gusher had been struck near Kelvin in Pinal County on land bonded to the Standard Oil Company.

On this date in 1906, Arizona Governor Joseph Henry Kibbey predicted that within five years, the cattle ranching industry would have given way entirely to ostrich ranching in Arizona.

Tuesday, March 26

On this date in 1902, The Clifton Copper Era reported on the need for direct mail contact between Blue River Country and Clifton. Although the distance between the two was 40 miles (64 kilometers), letters traveled a round-about route of more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) which took about two weeks.

On this date in 1909, Thomas Gardner, one of the earliest pioneers of what is now Santa Cruz County, died. A canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains is named after him.

Wednesday, March 27

On this date in 1883, James Addison Reavis filed a claim to the Peralta Grant, which supposedly covered 12 million (4.8 million hectares) acres of the richest land, towns and mines in Arizona. The tale of the Grant later proved to be fraudulent.

On this date in 1906, The Arizona Daily Star announced that it would start furnishing daily weather forecasts transmitted by the Consolidated Telephone, Telegraph and Electric Co.

On this date in 1906, it was announced that an increase in the price of beer to 10 cents a glass would take effect March 31, due to increased liquor license costs in Pima County.

Thursday, March 28

On this date in 1884, O.W. Sample, William Delaney, Dan Dowd, Tex Howard and Dan Kelly were hung from a single gallow in Tombstone for the killings of four people, including a pregnant woman, during the robbery of a store.

On this date in 1886, Albert Rex Buehman, a well-known Tucson photographer and son of Henry Buehman, who was one of Arizona’s earliest pioneer photographers, was born.

On this date in 1906, The Bisbee Cemetery Committee announced that due to a donation from Col. William C. Greene, an iron fence set in concrete would be erected around the Bisbee Cemetery.

Friday, March 29

On this date in 1885, Geronimo and 20 of his warriors who had surrendered to Gen. George Crook returned to the warpath after escaping from U.S. troops.

On this date in 1902, reports began circulating of a rich gold strike in the Guijas district, not far from Arivaca.

Saturday, March 30

On this date in 1890, fire destroyed an entire business block in Flagstaff.

On this date in 1921, engineers reported that the Lyman Dam on the Little Colorado River was sinking into the mud, even as construction was under way.