Arizona history-June 6-12
Sunday, June 6
On this date in 1851, Camp Independence was established on the east bank of the Colorado River near its junction with the Gila River under the command of Lt. Thomas W. Sweeny. Camp Independence was replaced by Fort Yuma in December, 1851.
On this date in 1903, Gov. Alexander Brodie ordered the Arizona Rangers to Morenci and Clifton where miners were striking.
On this date in 1933, the first concrete was poured at Hoover Dam.
On this date in 1936, the first barrel of tequila made in the United States was produced at the San Andres distillery in Nogales.
Monday, June 7
On this date in 1890, the mine fuel tanks at Pearce exploded, destroying the 50 stamp mill and setting part of the town on fire.
On this date in 1896, a congressional act provided that the portion of the White Mountain Reservation south of the Salt River was to compose the San Carlos Reservation, while the portion north of the Salt was to be know as Fort Apache.
On this date in 1928, three men drowned at Lee’s Ferry when the ferry boat turned over in mid-stream.
Tuesday, June 8
On this date in 1874, the Apache chief Cochise died in his stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains.
On this date in 1927, State Teacher’s College at Tempe, now Arizona State University, gave its first Bachelor of Education degrees to 13 graduates.
On this date in 1928, the Navajo County sheriff raided the Holbrook City Hall and confiscated 65 gallons of bootleg whiskey in 13 kegs that were hidden under the floor boards.
On this date in 1928, Arthur H. Elliott, who staked out a homestead in 1881 on what was to become the town site of Casa Grande and who became the editor and publisher of the first newspaper in Casa Grande, died.
On this date in 1928, the city of Flagstaff dedicated it’s new airfield, Koch Field, with an aerial circus and banquet.
Wednesday, June 9
On this date in 1894, the town of Globe was destroyed by fire.
On this date in 1901, the first spike was driven on the Narrow Gauge Railroad of the Greene Consolidated Copper Company from Naco to the mines in Cananea.
On this date in 1904, a fire in Nogales destroyed the Southern Pacific Station, U.S. Customs building, Wells Fargo Depot and several freight cars.
On this date in 1932, after an absence of 104 years, the Franciscan Order again occupied residence quarters in San Xavier Mission.
Thursday, June 10
On this date in 1881, James Finely brought a sample of ore to the assay office of the Hermosa Mining Co. at Harshaw which assayed at 823.77 ounces (23 kilograms) of silver to the ton.
On this date in 1903, 11 persons were confirmed drowned and many others were missing after two hours of torrential rain in Clifton.
On this date in 1922, Arizona’s first woman governor, Rose Mofford, was born in Globe.
On this date in 1928, ground was broken for the new $35,000 cotton gin to be erected at Solomonville.
On this date in 1928, the Grand Canyon official airport owned and developed by Scenic Airways, Inc., was dedicated.
Friday, June 11
On this date in 1822, Abraham Harlow Peeples, who came to Arizona in 1863 and with Pauline Weaver organized the prospecting expedition which discovered the Rich Hill gold placers, was born.
On this date in 1868, philanthropist and civic leader Maie Bartlett Heard was born. She later endowed the Heard Museum in Phoenix, donated land for the Phoenix Civic Center, founded the Welfare League and gave a gymnasium to the Phoenix YMCA.
On this date in 1876, the Chiricahua Apaches were moved from their reservation in Cochise County to San Carlos.
On this date in 1928, more than 1,000 acres of timberland were destroyed in the Ajo Mountains by a raging forest fire.
Saturday, June 12
On this date in 1888, an Apache Indian who had fired one shot that killed two men was tried for murder in one of the deaths and acquitted. He later was tried again for the murder of the second man and convicted on precisely the same set of facts.
On this date in 1904, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported noteworthy success with cotton planted in the Yuma valley as an experiment.
On this date in 1930, Tucson celebrated the opening of its greatly enlarged municipal airport.
On this date in 1936, fire destroyed a service station, cafe and several tourist cabins at Salome. Exploding gasoline tanks from the burning service station threatened to spread the blaze over the entire town.