Today in Arizona History, Adv12

January 4, 2020 GMT

Sunday, Jan. 12

On this date in 1883, the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks were completed, allowing Tucson to be reached from the East Coast by way of the San Antonio.

On this date in 1921, a fire in Payson destroyed two residences, a warehouse, a dance hall, a barn, a hotel and a restaurant. The entire town fought the blaze for more than two hours to prevent further damage.

Monday, Jan. 13

On this date in 1921, John Goldstrom, a reporter for The Arizona Republic arrived in San Francisco after being flown from New York on a transcontinental mail plane. Goldstrom’s experiences included sky-sickness, subzero temperatures in an open plane, blizzards, forced landings with damage to the plane and being lost in a desert sandstorm for 17 hours without water. The trip took 13 days, 6 hours, and 35 minutes.

On this date in 1929, Wyatt Earp died at the age of 81 in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

On this date in 1868, the Military Division of the Pacific announced the establishment of Camp Willow Grove to protect the road from Fort Mohave to Fort Whipple.

On this date in 1889, the first Mormon academy was founded in St. Johns.

On this date in 1912, Senorita Ramoncita Kosterlitzky, daughter of Col. Emilio Kosterlitzky, chief of the Mexican Rurales, was married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Douglas to John Zamborelon.

On this date in 1921, an automobile was placed on trial in Superior Court in Prescott for being in violation of the prohibition law.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

On this date in 1912, the first Annual Auto Show, held in Phoenix, drew large crowds. Among the exhibits were a Hupmobile delivery wagon priced at $950 and a five-passenger, six-cylinder, 30-horsepower Franklin Model M priced at $3,000.

On this date in 1921, seven passenger cars of the Southern Pacific eastbound 110 were derailed about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) east of Vail.

Thursday, Jan. 16

On this date in 1900, the Gila Valley Bank, predecessor of the Valley National Bank, opened its doors in Solomonville.

On this date in 1922, Isaac Polhamus, veteran steamboat captain on the Colorado River, rancher and Yuma resident for 66 years, died.

Friday, Jan. 17

On this date in 1805, Spanish troops, commanded by Lt. Antonio Narbona, invaded Canyon de Chelly, killing 93 Navajo warriors and 45 women and children. The bones of the slain were left in the cave where they were killed. The area became known as the Canyon de Muerto.

On this date in 1877, Gov. Anson P.K. Safford signed the bill moving the Territorial capitol from Tucson to Prescott.

On this date in 1912, the last remaining parts of the old scaffold used in the Cochise County Courthouse yard at Tombstone were cut up for kindling wood. The scaffold had been built in 1884 by C.J. Ulmer for the hanging of the Bisbee murderers.

Saturday, Jan. 18

On this date in 1854, the General Jessup river steamer was the first to reach the Black Canyon on the Colorado River.

On this date in 1862, Confederacy President Jefferson Davis signed the Enabling Act, making Arizona a Confederate Territory.

On this date in 1927, the Tucson Daily Star announced that Senor Juan Evaristo Anchondo had developed a self-lighting cigarette which was ignited by briskly rubbing the tip over a striking surface on the package.

On this date in 1952, the Great Seal of the Navajo Tribe was adopted by the Tribal Council. The winning entry was submitted by John Claw, Jr.