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Arizona History: July 16-22

Sunday, July 16

In 1847, the Mormon Battalion was mustered out after blazing the first wagon road through Arizona.

In 1903, heavy rains fell on the town of Ash Fork and the sidewalks floated down the street in 2 feet of water.

Monday, July 17

In 1781, Father Francisco Garces was killed by Indians at his mission near Yuma.

In 1882, the four-hour long “Battle of Big Dry Wash” was fought between Apache Indians and U.S. Cavalry troops on Chevelon’s Fort.

In 1935, the city of Phoenix purchased Sky Harbor Airport.

Tuesday, July 18

In 1864, Charles D. Poston was elected Arizona’s first territorial delegate.

In 1864, the Mowry Mines were sold at public auction for $2,000 by Gen. James H. Carleton who had ordered the mines confiscated on the charge that Mowry was a Confederate sympathizer.

Wednesday, July 19

In 1898, Gov. Myron H. McCord resigned from his office to lead a regiment in Cuba, and Nathan Oakes Murphy was appointed by President William McKinley to replace him.

Thursday, July 20

In 1917, lightning struck a tent occupied by Company I of the First Arizona National Guard at Naco, splintering the stock of a rifle and causing several cartridges to melt and become soldered together without exploding.

In 1920, tourists in Phoenix were warned that the gasoline supply in Arizona was so low that it would be unsafe for them to leave for the next stop west without a supply of 20 gallons of extra fuel for their tanks.

In 1935, Willcox and Benson citizens circulated a petition asking for a special election to form a new county with Tombstone as the county seat.

In 1996, the name of the road commonly known as the Beeline Highway was changed to the Duthie-Martin Highway in honor of two law enforcement officers who were killed on the road while on duty. The name was changed as a result of a resolution approved during the legislative session that year.

Friday, July 21

In 1901, Burton C. Mossman was named captain of the Arizona Rangers and authorized to raise a company of 10 or 12 men to hunt cattle rustlers and other criminals.

In 1903, a severe rainstorm between the Dragoon Mountains and Tombstone washed out six El Paso and Southwestern Railroad bridges and flooded Fairbanks with 6 feet of water.

In 1917, two ladies, traveling east from California, left Tucson in a rage after being ordered to remain in their hotel until they were ready to leave town. Their offense was wearing masculine attire, particularly “very tight fitting pants.” One lady said, “We’ve been to Phoenix and nobody said a word to us.”

In 1931, the Arizona State Motor Vehicle Division authorized copper license plates for automobiles.

Saturday, July 22

In 1893, the city of Nogales was incorporated.

Compiled by the AP.