- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

Sunday, March 9

On this date in 1864, the first issue of the Arizona Miner was published at Fort Whipple by Richard C. McCormick, secretary of state for Territory of Arizona.

On this date in 1877, Congress passed the Desert Land Act, permitting settlers to get title to 610 acres of desert land provided they would irrigate it within three years and pay a small sum per acre.

On this date in 1911, The Arizona Republic reported the death of a Papago Indian who had been charged with witchcraft by the people of his village. He was executed by being tied to the tail of a wild horse which was set loose in the desert.

On this date in 1920, the Bisbee Deportation case opened at the Tombstone Courthouse.

Monday, March 10

On this date in 1872, the first edition of the Arizona Sentinel was published in Yuma.

On this date in 1881, Graham County was created from parts of Apache and Pima Counties.

On this date in 1881, Tucson’s first telephone company was organized by Charles H. Lord, early merchant and postmaster of Tucson.

On this date in 1898, the General Land Office ruled that the cutting of mesquite trees on government land in Arizona was illegal. A week later, the ruling was reversed with the explanation that “mesquite was not wood.”

On this date in 1909, Greenlee County was created by an act of the 25th Territorial Legislature.

Tuesday, March 11

On this date in 1913, the Guggenheim syndicate obtained an option on the Copper Chief Mine near Jerome, binding themselves to do $500,000 in development work on the mine.

On this date in 1931, the Secretary of the Interior awarded the contract for construction of Boulder Dam to Six Companies Inc. of San Francisco. The $48 million bid was the largest labor contract ever given by the federal government at the time.

Wednesday, March 12

On this date in 1885, the 13th Territorial Legislature passed an act allowing the establishment of a Territorial University at Tucson.

On this date in 1895, thousands celebrated the arrival of the first Santa Fe train into Phoenix.

On this date in 1913, the president of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce endorsed the Sabino Project, which would provide a dam, reservoir, power plant and water to the city.

On this date in 1928, the city of Chandler dedicated its first airport.

Thursday, March 13

On this date in 1913, Eliphalet B. Gage, former superintendent of the Grand Central Mine at Tombstone, president of the Tombstone Consolidated Mines Company and president of the Phoenix National Bank, died in San Francisco at the age of 74.

On this date in 1913, Mexican federal and constitutional forces battled in Nogales, Sonora. About 25 houses in Arizona were struck by bullets and the U.S. Fifth Cavalry was positioned around Nogales ready for defensive action.

On this date in 1922, the University of Arizona campus was buried under 7 inches of snow.

Friday, March 14

On this date in 1849, Bill Williams, mountain man, fur trapper and guide, died. The town of Williams, Bill Williams Fork and Bill Williams Mountain are named after him.

On this date in 1911, the polished, native granite cornerstone was placed for the Phoenix Women’s Club Building on First Avenue and Bennett Lane by Mrs. Dwight B. Heard.

On this date in 1913, a mountain lion measuring 8 feet long was found in a fox trap in Sabino Canyon near Tucson.

Saturday, March 15

On this date in 1711, Father Francisco Eusebio Kino died in Sonora, Mexico.

On this date in 1881, the Tombstone stage, carrying $80,000 in bullion, was robbed. Stage driver Bud Philpot was killed during the bungled robbery.

On this date in 1899, an international tug of war contest was held in Phoenix.

On this date in 1899, Santa Cruz County, the state’s smallest county, was established after being formed out of Cochise and Pima counties.

On this date in 1936, the monument to Father Kino was unveiled in Tucson.

On this date in 1960, Kitt Peak National Observatory was dedicated.

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