Today in Arizona History: Week of 04-15-2018
Originally published Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 05:55a.m.
On this date in 1859, Camp Colorado was established on the Colorado River as a base for California-bound immigrants. One week later the name was changed to Fort Mohave. It was abandoned in 1861 and then garrisoned by troops from California on May 19, 1863.
On this date in 1893, an advertisement in the Mohave County Miner offered “loaded dice, perfect work and weight & cannot be detected by outsider. Guaranteed to win. Also the finest marked cards made.”
Monday, April 16
On this date in 1915, melting snow in the White Mountains caused floods which took out two dams on the Little Colorado River near St. Johns. Eight people drowned and the reported property damage was $500,000.
Tuesday, April 17
On this date in 1911, Sarah Bernhardt performed at the Tucson Opera House.
On this date in 1894, the business district of Jerome, the largest mining camp in Arizona, was completely destroyed by fire.
On this date in 1913, an air blast, generated by the fall of 3 million tons (2.7 million metric tons) of capping in the Miami mine, killed seven miners. The blast blew ore cars up to 100 feet (30 meters).
On this date in 1930, 17 stills, 2,000 gallons (7,570 liters) of mash and 40 gallons (151 liters) of whiskey were confiscated by Greenlee County officers.
On this date in 1931, a government order was issued for the extinction of the wild horse herds in the Coconino National Forest.
Wednesday, April 18
On this date in 1924, the Chiricahua National Monument was established.
On this date in 1924, 1,600 motorists were stranded at points of entrance to Arizona because of the embargo on all vehicular traffic due to a hoof and mouth quarantine. The occupants of 115 cars at Needles threatened to overpower Arizona border guards, and Gov. George W.P. Hunt ordered the National Guard readied for duty.
On this date in 1931, construction began on an Army Airways Operations Building at Fly Field in Yuma.
Thursday, April 19
On this date in 1859, Fort Mojave was established.
On this date in 1884, Henry Chee Dodge was appointed head chief of the Navajo Tribe by Agent Riordan.