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Today in Arizona History: Week of Nov. 19, 2017


On this date in 1887, a boiler exploded in a Prescott sawmill, killing six workmen.

On this date in 1929, by a vote of more than 2 to 1, Cochise County residents elected to move the county seat from Tombstone to Bisbee.

On this date in 1929, a party of surveyors from the Pima County engineer’s office left for the Ajo-Sonoyta road project site to begin preliminary surveying.

On this date in 1961, Joe Clark, rancher, city marshal of Willcox, and grandfather of movie and recording star Rex Allen, died.

On this date in 1979, a Nevada Airlines plane crashed near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim shortly after takeoff, injuring seven passengers and two crew members.

Monday, Nov. 20

On this date in 1899, Pearl Hart, Arizona’s female bandit, was tried at Florence for robbery, convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.

On this date in 1914, James A. Reavis, the Baron of Arizona, died of bronchitis in Denver.

On this date in 1915, the State Board of Trade was organized at Phoenix with the slogan, “I am for Arizona.”

On this date in 1929, the county seat of Cochise County was moved from Tombstone to Bisbee.

Tuesday, Nov. 21

On this date in 1896, the Phoenix Post Office moved into magnificent new quarters equipped with three windows — two for gentlemen and one for ladies.

On this date in 1929, Sheriff James Polhamus of Yuma County, son of Isaac Polhamus, a Colorado River steamboat captain, died.

Wednesday, Nov. 22

On this date in 1888,two robbers held up the Florence stage and took the Wells-Fargo strong box and $26 in cash.

On this date in 1888, fire destroyed the Sacaton Indian School at Florence.

On this date in 1902, the Consolidated Mines Co. reopened the Tombstone silver mines.

On this date in 1913, the San Carlos Hotel at Chandler reopened.

On this date in 1929, the University of Arizona Military Department acquired four new horses. The horses were intended to be used for polo playing along with their regular department duties.

On this date in 1929, ground was broken for the construction of the Nogales Armory.

On this date in 1929, the vast amount of paperwork necessary to clear title to the town site of Payson got under way. The town had grown for nearly 50 years in a casual “squatter’s rights” kind of way.

Thursday, Nov. 23

On this date in 1923, prohibition agents poured 1,000 gallons of captured liquor into the Salt River.

On this date in 1932, the City of Nogales deducted taxes from the Power Company’s bill for service, and the company shut off the current, leaving the town in darkness.

Friday, Nov. 24

On this date in 1914, Signey R. DeLong, the first mayor of the city of Tucson, died.

On this date in 1915, Louis C. Hughes, former territorial governor of Arizona and founder of the Arizona Daily Star, died.

On this date in 1927, seven miners died when flames destroyed one shaft of the Magma Mine at Superior. The damage was reported at $500,000.

Saturday, Nov. 25

On this date in 1868, the Military Division of the Pacific ordered the name of Camp McPherson changed to Camp Date Creek, and Camp Lincoln changed to Camp Verde.

On this date in 1878, the famous Gunsight Mine near Ajo in Pima County was discovered.

On this date in 1923, University of Arizona scientists investigated a mysterious disease that killed many cattle in the Whetstone Mountains. Mineral licks, plants and water supply were to be checked for possible poison.

On this date in 1926, Southern Pacific trains from Tucson through Yaquai country in Mexico began operating on daylight schedules only, and with Mexican military guards to protect them against Indian attack.

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