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Today in Arizona History

September 11, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Sept. 15

On this date in 1851, Fort Defiance was established.

On this date in 1857, the U.S. government signed the Overland Mail contract with John Butterfield.

On this date in 1902, a portion of Camp McDowell, abandoned by the military, was set aside as the Fort McDowell Reservation for Mohave-Apache Indians.

On this date in 1921, Maricopa Hall, the largest dormitory for women on the University of Arizona campus was completed and ready for occupancy.

On this date in 1927, a 1,200-foot (366-meter) gash, varying from a few inches to 5 feet (1.5 meters) in width suddenly opened in the earth near Picacho.

On this date in 1929, the tri-motored Fokker plane, “Arizonan,” owned by Southwest Air Service and piloted by Jack Frye, set an altitude record of 23,200 feet.

On this date in 1929, articles of incorporation with the Arizona Corporation Commission were established for a new broadcasting station in Phoenix. The new station, KAR, would be 1,000 watts and represent an investment of $100,000.

Monday, Sept. 16

On this date in 1879, the Reverend R.A. Windes, the first Baptist missionary to Arizona, arrived in Prescott.

On this date in 1882, the first flow of Santa Cruz River water through the nozzles of the Tucson Water Co.’s mains took place at Congress and Main Streets in Tucson.

On this date in 1899, a Southern Pacific engineer, coming in to Globe, sounded his whistle to clear cattle off the tracks and stampeded the steer into the Globe stockyards.

On this date in 1922, Ed W. Jones, one of the original settlers ofthe city of Mesa died. Mr. Jones arrived in Arizona in 1877.

On this date in 1929, fire broke out in the stables at Fort Huachuca, killing six mules and nine horses and destroying a large quantity of feed. Defective wiring was believed to be the cause.

On this date in 1962, Route 1, between Tuba City and Cortez, Colo., was dedicated in conjunction with ceremonies celebrating the dedication of the Four Corners Monument.

On this date in 1993, Sen. Dennis DeConcini announced he would not seek a fourth term because he was sick of all the “B.S.” involved with fundraising.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

On this date in 1927, the contract was awarded to Sumner-Sollitt Co. of Chicago for the construction of the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Tucson.

On this date in 1929, the final game of the Arizona League baseball race between Bisbee and Miami ended in a riot on the diamond after the umpire refused to call the game on account of darkness.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

On this date in 1925, Gov. George W.P. Hunt warned the federal government that Arizona owned all the game within its borders and that included all National Forest lands.

On this date in 1925, the federal government withdrew two sections of Tucson land and designated them as the site of an airfield for the city.

On this date in 1929, the first case of bubonic plague ever found in Arizona was reported in Yuma.

Thursday, Sept. 19

On this date in 1873, the Globe Ledge was recorded.

On this date in 1880, the Fort Mohave Indian Reservation was established by executive order.

On this date in 1923, the U.S. Biological Survey reported that 100 mountain lions had been killed in one year in a drive to wipe out predatory animals.

On this date, the town of Hayden suffered heavy damage from hail and wind. Ten houses were washed away.

On this date in 1925, Tucson was hit by a tornado and an inch of rain fell in 10 minutes. A total of 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) of rain fell in three days.

On this date in 1929, well-known Santa Cruz County rancher, Roy Sorrels, was killed by lightening as he rode an inspection tour around his ranch 12 miles (19 kilometers) northeast of Nogales on the Patagonia Road.

On this date in 1929, Tom A. Bullock, Arizona pioneer rancher and horseman, died at age 93. With his brother, Ed, Bullock had owned the Lexington Stables in Tucson and had raced a string of horses at mining camps throughout southern Arizona.

On this date in 1985, medical reporter Charles Thornton of The Arizona Republic was killed while on assignment with an Afghanistan freedom fighter group that was ambushed by Soviet-supported troops.

Friday, Sept. 20

On this date in 1927, Leo, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion, was being flown from San Diego to New York when the Ryan monoplane with its specially constructed cage of glass over steel bars, crashed in the Mogollon Rim, 60 miles (96 kilometers)north of Roosevelt Lake. Pilot Martin Jenson found his way to the Apache Lodge and cowboys located the wreckage and rescued Leo.

On this date in 1929, for the first time the waters of the Coolidge Dam produced electric power when Supervisor Theodore Rose opened the gates into the turbine which started the generators.

On this date in 1929, newspapers announced the loss by fire of several valuable paintings by Mrs. A.Y. Smith, noted Arizona artist, when her home at Pearce burned to the ground.

Saturday, Sept. 21

On this date in 1870, Gov. Anson P.K. Safford came out of the mountains with the Territorial Militia after a 26-day campaign between the San Pedro and Santa Cruz rivers without having seen a single Apache.

On this date in 1920, many residents of Tucson found themselves stuck with thousands of dollars worth of worthless stock in an airless tire company.

On this date in 1921, there were 963 students enrolled at the University of Arizona.

On this date in 1923, four people were killed and many more injured when the Santa Fe’s California Limited derailed.

On this date in 1929, Valentine Perez, pioneer Yuma resident and one of the first employees of the Colorado River steamers, died.

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