That’s what happened this week in Arizona history, Arizona

A collection of the interesting – and sometimes unusual – events that happened in Arizona history this week.

6th of June

On that day in 1851, Camp Independence was opened on the east bank of the Colorado River near its confluence with the Gila River under the command of Lt. Thomas W. Sweeny erected. Camp Independence was replaced by Fort Yuma in December 1851.

That day in 1903, Governor Alexander Brodie ordered the Arizona Rangers to Morenci and Clifton, where miners were on strike.

On that day in 1933, the first concrete was poured at Hoover Dam.

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Hoover Dam.

On this day in 1936, the first barrel of tequila from the USA was made at the San Andres distillery in Nogales.

June 7th

On that day in 1890, the Pearce mine’s fuel tanks exploded, destroying the 50-stamp factory and setting part of the town on fire.

On that day in 1896, a Congressional bill provided that the portion of the White Mountain Reservation south of the Salt River would form the San Carlos Reservation, while the portion north of the Salt would be known as Fort Apache.

That day in 1928, three men drowned at Lee’s Ferry when the ferry overturned in the middle of the stream.

8th June

On this day in 1874, the Apache chief Cochise died in his stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains.

On that day in 1927, Tempe State Teacher’s College, now Arizona State University, awarded 13 graduates with undergraduate degrees.

On that day in 1928, the Navajo County Sheriff raided Holbrook Town Hall and confiscated 65 gallons of bootleg whiskey in 13 barrels hidden under the floorboards.

On this day in 1928, Arthur H. Elliott died, who in 1881 staked out a homestead on what would later be the township of Casa Grande and became the editor and publisher of the first newspaper in Casa Grande.

On that day in 1928, the City of Flagstaff inaugurated its new airfield, Koch Field, with an air circus and banquet.

June 9

On that day in 1894, the city of Globe was destroyed by fire.

On that day in 1901, the first spike on the Narrow Gauge Railroad of the Greene Consolidated Copper Company was driven from Naco to the mines at Cananea.

That day in 1904, a fire in Nogales destroyed the Southern Pacific Station, the U.S. Customs Building, the Wells Fargo Depot, and several freight cars.

On this day in 1932 the Franciscan Order moved back into living quarters in the Mission San Xavier after 104 years of absence.

the 10th of June

On that day in 1881, James Finely brought a sample of ore to the Hermosa Mining Co.’s investigation office in Harshaw that found 823.77 ounces (23 kilograms) of silver per tonne.

On that day in 1903, it was confirmed that 11 people drowned and many others were missing in Clifton after two hours of torrential rain.

On this day in 1922, the first female governor of Arizona, Rose Mofford, was born in Globe.

Rose Mofford

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Rose Mofford was governor of Arizona from 1988 to 1991.

On that day in 1928, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new $ 35,000 cotton ginning facility in Solomonville was made.

On that day in 1928, the Grand Canyon Official Airport was inaugurated, owned and developed by Scenic Airways, Inc.

June 11th

On this day in 1822, Abraham Harlow Peeples was born, who came to Arizona in 1863 and, together with Pauline Weaver, organized the exploration expedition that discovered the gold soaps of Rich Hill.

On that day in 1868, philanthropist and citizen leader Maie Bartlett Heard was born. She later donated the Heard Museum in Phoenix, donated land to the Phoenix Civic Center, founded the Welfare League, and donated a gym to the Phoenix YMCA.

On that day in 1876, the Chiricahua Apaches were relocated to San Carlos from their reservation in Cochise County.

On that day in 1928, more than 1,000 hectares of forest in the Ajo Mountains were destroyed by a raging forest fire.

June 12

On that day in 1888, an Apache Indian who fired a shot that killed two men was charged with murder in one of the deaths and acquitted. He was later tried again for the murder of the second man and convicted on exactly the same facts.

On that day in 1904, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported remarkable success with cotton grown as an experiment in the Yuma Valley.

Cotton plants

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Cotton growing in Arizona.

On that day in 1930, Tucson celebrated the opening of its greatly expanded urban airport.

On that day in 1936, a fire destroyed a gas station, a café and several tourist huts in Salome. Exploding gas tanks from the burning gas station threatened to spread the fire across the city.

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