Today in Arizona History: Feb. 11 - 17
Originally published Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 05:59a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11
On this day in 1821, J. Ross Browne, the artist and author who wrote about his extensive travels in Arizona, was born in Dublin, Ireland.
On this day in 1922, the Maricopa County Chamber of Commerce met for the first time in Phoenix.
Monday, Feb. 12
On this day in 1871, Maricopa County was created by carving 5.4 million acres (2 million hectares) out of the original four counties: Pima, Yuma, Mohave and Yavapai.
On this day in 1913, the Arizona Mining Engineering Society was announced during a conference at the University of Arizona.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
On this date in 1896, 50 armed men gathered at Bowie, Arizona, to prevent the entry of prizefighters from Texas after a federal law was passed banning prizefights.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
On this date in 1830, Anson P.K. Safford, 3rd territorial governor and founder of Arizona’s public school system, was born.
On this date in 1908, Emilio Carillo, a pioneer settler of Tucson and owner of Rossi’s Cafe and a ranch at Tanque Verde, died.
On this date in 1912, President William Howard Taft signed the Statehood Bill making Arizona the 48th state of the United States.
Thursday, Feb. 15
On this date in 1871, Arizona’s first Indian school was established at Sacaton agency by the Rev. Charles H. Cook, missionary teacher.
On this date in 1900, five masked robbers held up the Southern Pacific passenger train at Fairbanks. Jeff Milton, the express messenger, was wounded but managed to fight off the robbers and mortally wound “Three Finger” Jack.
On this date in 1908, Maricopa County Sheriff Carl Hayden was married in Los Angeles to Nan Downing.
On this date in 1922, John Horton Slaughter, Cochise County rancher and sheriff and representative to the Territorial Legislature for Cochise County, died.
Friday, Feb. 16
On this date in 1890, a midnight battle developed at Red Rock, Arizona., railroad station when a band of tramps attempted to capture the Southern Pacific fast freight.
On this date in 1908, the Shattuck-Arizona Copper Co. and the Denn-Arizona Copper Co. announced plans to construct a smelter at Douglas for the reduction of Shattuck-Denn ore.
On this date in 1913, the first rain to serve Fort Huachuca arrived at the Fort at 4:35 p.m. on the El Paso and Southwestern line.
Saturday, Feb. 17
On this date in 1865, William Wrightson, who brought the first printing press to Arizona, was killed by Apaches in the Santa Rita mountains. Mount Wrightson is named for him.
On this date in 1908, Ellen Lynn was appointed as the first woman mail carrier in Tucson. Lynn covered Rural Route 1, which circled the entire town of Tucson, in a horse and buggy.
On this date in 1909, Geronimo died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
On this date 1913, a prehistoric graveyard was unearthed along Sycamore Creek near Prescott containing the skeletons of people who appeared to have been at least 8 feet tall.