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Arizona history-Aug. 22-28

August 18, 2021 GMT

Sunday, Aug. 22

On this date in 1879, the Law and Order Committee hanged two men convicted of murder in the Phoenix plaza.

On this date in 1921, Cave Creek flooded the entire west end of Phoenix. Two feet of water engulfed the State Capitol.

On this date in 1928, five members of a Maricopa ranch family died as a high-voltage line fell in their front yard.

On this date in 1930, a road from Tucson to Yuma by way of Ajo was proposed and engineers began the survey.

On this date in 1933, Southern Pacific railroad offered a roundtrip fare from Phoenix to Tucson for $2.45.

On this date in 1935, Phoenix tolled the city’s bells in tribute to Will Rogers, cowboy humorist, who was killed in a plane crash.

Monday, Aug. 23

On this date in 1882, two killers were hanged from a tree on the village street in Globe.

On this date in 1928, John Solomon Warner, son of Solomon Warner who started the first flour mill in the territory in 1855, died.


Tuesday, Aug. 24

On this date in 1928, Ross Santee, author, artist and cowboy, published his first full-length, self-illustrated book, “Cowboy.”

On this date in 1929, a Willcox ranch woman killed 13 rattlesnakes in the yard of her home with a shovel and a hoe.

On this date in 1989, an 81-year-old Bullhead City woman was mauled to death by her two pet Dobermans while taking them for a walk. The woman apparently slapped one of the animals, prompting the attack.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

On this date in 1893, The Arizona Republican reported that a party from Mesa, camping at Willow Springs in the Superstition Mountains, claimed to have killed a rattlesnake 79 feet long with 97 rattles.

On this date in 1886, Lt. Charles B. Gatewood, accompanied only by two Chiricahua scouts, entered a hostile Apache camp in the Sierra Madre Mountains south of the Mexican border and persuaded Geronimo to surrender to Gen. Nelson A. Miles.

On this date in 1993, the high temperature was only 85 degrees, breaking a record set in 1903 for the lowest high temperature on that date. In 1903, the temperature was 93 degrees. It also ended the record-breaking streak of 76 days of temperatures 100 degrees or more. The old record for consecutive 100-degree days was 64, set in 1989.

Thursday, Aug. 26

On this date in 1921, the postmaster at Ruby, Arizona, and his wife were murdered by bandits.

On this date in 1936, a Parker high school, completed five days previously, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.

On this date in 1852, William Cornell Greene, owner of Greene Cattle Co. and of Greene Cananea Copper Co., was born.

On this date in 1893, a Phoenix court reporter invented and applied for the patent on a center space bar which would be operated by the thumb for typewriters.

On this date in 1928, cyclonic rains lasting nine minutes did $250,000 damage in Phoenix.

Friday, Aug. 27


On this date in 1915, four passengers were killed and 16 were injured when a train crashed through the Date Creek bridge.

On this date in 1925, Picacho Dam broke and thousands of acres in the vicinity of Picacho and Randolph were flooded.

On this date in 1929, the airship Graf Zeppelin sailed over Tucson on its world girdling journey. Citizens watched from their rooftops as the bells of St. Augustine Cathedral were rung.

Saturday, Aug. 28

On this date in 1868, Theodore Dodd, first agent to the Navajos after Fort Sumner, issued the first trading license at the agency to Lehman Spiegelberg of Santa Fe to trade at the Fort Defiance Agency or at any place of his choice on the reservation.

On this date in 1920, the mustering out of Pancho Villa and his army was completed. The men surrendered their arms and ammunition, were given three months pay and transportation to their homes.