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Today in Arizona History

July 24, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, July 28

On this date in 1856, Maj. Enoch Steen was ordered to march from Fort Craig, New Mexico, with four companies of the 1st Dragoons to establish a post in the vicinity of Tucson.

On this date in 1899, Tucson businessmen paid $1,000 toward the cost of a wagon road to the city of Globe. The shortest road then in use required 48 hours to make the trip.

On this date in 1928, cloudburst waters ran down the slopes of the Pinal Mountains and swept through Miami, doing $500,000 worth of damage in seven minutes.

Monday, July 29

On this date in 1852, Commodore Perry Owens, the famous long-haired, straight-shooting sheriff from Holbrook, was born.

On this date in 1898, Pete Gabriel, former sheriff of Pinal County, died at the Monitor Mine on Mineral Creek.

Tuesday, July 30

On this date in 1872, a corporation was formed in San Francisco to develop diamond fields in northern Arizona. The undertaking was eventually proven to be a swindle which became known as the “Great Diamond Hoax.”

On this date in 1921, Gov. Thomas E. Campbell canceled the state fair to save taxpayers $90,000.

On this date in 2010, three convicted murderers escaped from Arizona State Prison in Golden Valley by cutting a hole in the prison’s perimeter fence. Daniel Renwick was captured a day later in Colorado. Tracy Province and John McCluskey were recaptured days later after a crime spree that included the killings of Gary and Linda Haas in New Mexico.

Wednesday, July 31

On this date in 1875, Capt. A.W. Corliss, commanding at Fort McDowell, reported to the Department of Arizona Headquarters that the roof on one wing of the guard house had fallen in and the roof on the main building was liable to fall in at any moment.

On this date in 1903, the Prescott Journal Miner announced that the hanging of two murderers “was from a professional or official standpoint” a perfect success.

Thursday, Aug. 1

On this date in 1861, Lt. Col. John R. Baylor proclaimed the Confederate Territory of Arizona, with the Territorial capitol at Mesilla, and himself as military governor. The new Confederate Territory extended from Texas to California and lay generally south of the Gila River.

On this date in 2006, the Arizona Cardinals’ new home, University of Phoenix Stadium, opens in Glendale.

Friday, Aug. 2

On this date in 1905, unknown assassins fired into a group of Silverbell miners, killing two and wounding one, for no apparent reason.

On this date in 1929, passengers on transcontinental trains, which were delayed by washouts, cleaned out the entire food supply of many small towns. The town of Bowie reported nothing left but coffee.

Saturday, Aug. 3

On this date in 1918, the Casa Grande Ruins became a national monument.

On this date in 1929, a cyclone followed by an electrical storm and heavy rain did $50,000 damage in the Yuma area.

On this date in 2006, serial shooter suspects Dale Hausner and Samuel John Dieteman are arrested in Mesa. Police say the men would drive through the Phoenix area and select random targets in a shooting spree that left five people dead and 16 wounded since May 2005.

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