Here’s what happened this week in Arizona history

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

January 30

On this date in 1897, a Women’s Suffrage Bill was introduced in the Territorial Legislative Assembly and referred to the Mines and Mines Committee.

On this date in 1947, Joaquin Lopez became the first Papago Indian to be ordained a minister in the Protestant church.

By this date in 1947, the housing situation in Tucson was so dire that 2,000 people were sleeping in cars, trucks, tents, and in bus and railroad depots.

January 31

On this date in 1813, John C. Fremont, the fifth territorial governor of Arizona, was born.

On this date in 1884, the Arizona Pioneer Historical Society held its organizational meeting in Tucson.

On this date in 1890, the Empire Ranch initiated a haul of 1,000 head of cattle to California to escape the high freight rates of $7 per head.

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Empire Ranch in the early 1880s. Pictured: the original ranch house (left), Victorian addition (center), and Adobe hay barn and water tank (rear right). The original Grove House (front right) sits near the open water of the unforested Empire Ravine.

February 1st

On this date in 1875, Pinal County was created by act of the 8th Territorial Legislature from parts of Maricopa and Pima counties.

On this date in 1913, the Pima County Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of split logs to be placed with people living along Speedway Boulevard so that they would be convenient to use after a heavy rain for dragging the road.

On this date in 1935, the 3 million pound gate at Boulder Dam was closed and Lake Mead began to fill.

block dam in May 1940

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Boulder Dam, between Arizona and Nevada, May 1940. The water intake towers are reflected like giant candles by the rising waters of Lake Mead.

On this date in 2004, a two-week standoff at the Arizona-Lewis State Prison complex in Buckeye ends when inmates Ricky Wassenaar and Steven Coy, who were holding a corrections officer hostage, surrendered. .

On this date in 2009, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida.

February 2

On this date in 1871, the name of the military post originally established as Camp Ord, later called Camp Magellan, was changed to Camp Apache.

On this date in 1896, the Graham County Guardian began publication in Safford.

February 3

On this date in 1876, an expedition of 50 men and their families left Salt Lake City and founded the first four Mormon settlements along the Little Colorado River.

On this date in 1913, the Arizona Daily Star reported that the entire 5th U.S. Cavalry had been moved to Fort Huachuca. With the arrival of the 5th, the 9th Cavalry stationed there was assigned to patrols with detachments stationed at Nogales, Warren, Naco, Douglas and the Slaughter Ranch.

On this date in 1913, a pack of 15 wolves, driven from the mountains by deep snow, threatened ranchers near Prescott.

On this date in 1915, the town of Casa Grande was incorporated.

On this date in 1936, seven workers were burned to death and 13 others were injured in a fire that burned down the workers’ dormitory at the Parker Dam site.

February 4

On this date in 1903, the Salt River Valley Water Users Association was organized.

On this date in 1913, an explosion at a clothing store in Miami’s business district rocked the entire city, smashing water pipes, and igniting a fire.

On this date in 1919, the desire expressed by the state of Utah to buy the “Arizona Strip” north of the Grand Canyon unleashed a storm of protest in Arizona.

February 5

On this date in 1880, the Vekol mine was located by John D. Walker, Peter R. Brady and Juan Jose Gradello. During the 1990s, the Vekol produced several million dollars worth of silver.

On this date in 1900, Charles Hayden, who founded the famous Tempe Flour Mill and Ferry, died.

By this date in 1911, construction of the Roosevelt Dam was complete. Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the dam on March 18. It was 284 feet high, 184 feet thick at the base, and held back a lake 23 miles long.

dam and lake roosevelt

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Roosevelt Dam and Lake Theodore Roosevelt seen in 1915.

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