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Today in Arizona History

February 28, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, March 4

On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed John A. Gurley to be territorial governor.

On this date in 1867, Camp Crittenden, named after Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden, was established in the Sonoita Valley.

On this date in 1872, the first public school in Tucson opened with John Spring employed as the first teacher.

On this date in 1911, The Arizona Republic announced a raid on the Chinatown district of Phoenix which uncovered four opium dens in full operation. Eleven opium pipes were confiscated, including one of cactus wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl.

On this date in 1930, Coolidge Dam was dedicated, although the lake had not filled up high enough to cover the grass. Humorist Will Rogers, guest speaker at the dedication, said that if it was his lake, he would have mowed it.

On this date in 1978, Gov. Wesley Bolin died just months after succeeding Raul Castro. Bruce Babbitt then was sworn in as the state’s third governor over the past four and a half months.

Monday, March 5

On this date in 1918, the town of Miami was incorporated.

On this date in 1922, the Tucson Citizen reported that commercial organizations throughout northeastern Arizona were vigorously protesting the government order that Fort Apache be abandoned.

Tuesday, March 6

On this date in 1923, the record of appeal in the case of the Iron Cap Copper Co. against the Arizona Commercial Mining Co., both located in the Copper Hill District at Globe, was delivered to Superior Court. The record weighed more than 1,000 pounds (454kilograms) and was delivered by an express company.

On this date in 1926, a violent hailstorm hit Tucson, dropping temperatures 16 degrees in 20 minutes.

Wednesday, March 7

On this date in 1874, the Pima County Board of Supervisors recommended that board floors be installed in the Pima County Court House which would allow rooms to be rented out for concerts and shows.

On this date in 1922, new uniforms were announced for Tucson firefighters. The olive-drab uniforms, with black ties and brass buttons were to be paid for the firefighters.

On this date in 1922, the Tucson Citizen reported that the Tucson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had discovered a portion of the original Spanish wall around the Old Pueblo.

Thursday, March 8

On this date in 1882, The Phoenix Herald reported that saloons were soaking their spittoons in the same irrigation ditches where many residents got their drinking and cooking water.

On this date in 1899, the town of Jerome was incorporated.

On this date in 1913, the Calumet and Arizona Copper Co. in Bisbee fumigated the money it paid to employees due to a strict quarantine because of an outbreak of spinal meningitis.

On this date in 1924, two crewmen were injured, one fatally, at Congress Junction when a Santa Fe passenger train was wrecked after vandals pulled up spikes, loosening the rails.

On this date in 1934, 85 mph winds took the roofs off of 25 buildings in Williams.

Friday, March 9

On this date in 1864, the first issue of the Arizona Miner was published at Fort Whipple by Richard C. McCormick, secretary of state for Territory of Arizona.

On this date in 1911, The Arizona Republic reported the death of a Papago Indian who had been charged with witchcraft by the people of his village. He was executed by being tied to the tail of a wild horse which was set loose in the desert.

On this date in 1920, the Bisbee Deportation case opened at the Tombstone Courthouse.

Saturday, March 10

On this date in 1872, the first edition of the Arizona Sentinel was published in Yuma.

On this date in 1881, Graham County was created from parts of Apache and Pima Counties.

On this date in 1881, Tucson’s first telephone company was organized by Charles H. Lord, early merchant and postmaster of Tucson.

On this date in 1898, the General Land Office ruled that the cutting of mesquite trees on government land in Arizona was illegal. A week later, the ruling was reversed with the explanation that “mesquite was not wood.”

On this date in 1909, Greenlee County was created by an act of the 25th Territorial Legislature.

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