- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

In a story March 1 about Arizona history, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the date and stipulations surrounding the 1877 Desert Land Act. The act passed Congress on March 3, 1877 and allowed settlers to get 640 acres of desert land.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Today in Arizona History

Today in Arizona History

By The Associated Press



Thursday, March 3

On this date in 1877, Congress passed the Desert Land Act, permitting settlers to get title to 640 acres of desert land provided they would irrigate it within three years.

Sunday, March 6

On this date in 1923, the record of appeal in the case of the Iron Cap Copper Co. against the Arizona Commercial Mining Co., both located in the Copper Hill District at Globe, was delivered to Superior Court. The record weighed more than 1,000 pounds and was delivered by an express company.

On this date in 1926, a violent hailstorm hit Tucson, dropping temperatures 16 degrees in 20 minutes.

Monday, Marcy 7

On this date in 1874, the Pima County Board of Supervisors recommended that board floors be installed in the Pima County Court House which would allow rooms to be rented out for concerts and shows.

On this date in 1922, new uniforms were announced for Tucson firefighters. The olive-drab uniforms, with black ties and brass buttons, were to be paid for the firefighters.

On this date in 1922, the Tucson Citizen reported that the Tucson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had discovered a portion of the original Spanish wall around the Old Pueblo.

Tuesday, March 8

On this date in 1882, The Phoenix Herald reported that saloons were soaking their spittoons in the same irrigation ditches where many residents got their drinking and cooking water.

On this date in 1899, the town of Jerome was incorporated.

On this date in 1913, the Calumet and Arizona Copper Co. in Bisbee fumigated the money it paid to employees due to a strict quarantine because of an outbreak of spinal meningitis.

On this date in 1924, two crewmen were injured, one fatally, at Congress Junction when a Santa Fe passenger train was wrecked after vandals pulled up spikes, loosening the rails.

On this date in 1934, 85 mph winds took the roofs off of 25 buildings in Williams.

Wednesday, 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 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.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, 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.

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