Today in Arizona History
PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Feb. 3
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 announced 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.
Monday, Feb. 4
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
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 (87 meters) high, 184 feet (56.meters) thick at the base and impounded a 23-mile (37-kilometer)-long lake.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
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.
Thursday, Feb. 7
On this date in 1877, the city of Tucson was incorporated by legislative enactment.
On this date in 1922, a state road camp was established near Fairbanks to begin construction of 18 miles of road west to the Pima-Santa Cruz County line. The project was financed with state and federal funds as part of the Bankhead Highway plan.
Friday, Feb. 8
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 impeached 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.
Saturday, Feb. 9
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.