Today in Arizona History
PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Feb. 10
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.
Monday, Feb. 11
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
On this day in 1871, Maricopa County was created by carving 5.4 million acres (2.185 million hectares) out of the original four counties: Pima, Yuma, Mohave and Yavapai.
On this day in 1913, the Arizona Mining Engineering Society was announced during a conference at the University of Arizona.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
On this date in 1896, 50 armed men gathered at Bowie, Arizona, to prevent the entry of prizefighters from Texas after a federal law was passed banning prizefights.
Thursday, Feb. 14
On this date in 1830, Anson P.K. Safford, 3rd territorial governor and founder of Arizona’s public school system, was born.
On this date in 1908, Emilio Carillo, a pioneer settler of Tucson and owner of Rossi’s Cafe and a ranch at Tanque Verde, died.
On this date in 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the Statehood Bill making Arizona the 48th state of the United States.
Friday, Feb. 15
On this date in 1871, Arizona’s first Indian school was established at Sacaton agency by the Rev. Charles H. Cook, missionary teacher.
On this date in 1900, five masked robbers held up the Southern Pacific passenger train at Fairbanks. Jeff Milton, the express messenger, was wounded but managed to fight off the robbers and mortally wound “Three Finger” Jack.
On this date in 1908, Maricopa County Sheriff Carl Hayden was married in Los Angeles to Miss Nan Downing.
On this date in 1922, John Horton Slaughter, Cochise County rancher and sheriff and representative to the Territorial Legislature for Cochise County, died.
Saturday, Feb. 16
On this date in 1890, a midnight battle developed at Red Rock, Arizona, railroad station when a band of tramps attempted to capture the Southern Pacific fast freight.
On this date in 1908, the Shattuck-Arizona Copper Co. and the Denn-Arizona Copper Co. announced plans to construct a smelter at Douglas for the reduction of Shattuck-Denn ore.
On this date in 1913, the first rain to serve Fort Huachuca arrived at the Fort at 4:35 p.m. on the El Paso and Southwestern line.