Sunday, May 17

On this date in 1910, the Douglas police chief arrested the mayor on a charge of failing to hitch his horse.

On this date in 1910, a carload of wild broncos was shipped from Phoenix to New York where they would be ridden, three each day, at the New York Hippodrome by rodeo rider Bert Bryan.

On this date in 1931, Nogales dedicated its new international airport.

On this date in 1940, the University of Arizona radio bureau director said women were too artificial on the air to be successful.

On this date in 1900, an Arizona and New Mexico Railroad freight train crashed through a bridge near Clifton. Three people were killed and nine injured.

On this date in 1910, the Hotel Adams in Phoenix was destroyed by fire, with the loss estimated at $275,000 and two people killed. Gov. and Mrs. Richard Sloan, who were living in the hotel made their escape without injury.

Monday, May 18

On this date in 1865, the Prescott Post Office was established.

On this date in 1929, Federal Engineer H.J. Gault arrived in Yuma to begin the final survey of the All-American Canal.

On this date in 1910, John Gardner, Pima County census enumerator, reported that as he entered a Yaquai village in northern Pima County all the Indians quickly vanished. His total count for the village was one female.

Tuesday, May 19

On this date in 1890, The Arizona Republican published its first issue and would become the Arizona Republic 40 years later.

On this date on 1892, a stage coach line was established between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

On this date in 1916, private citizens of Arizona let the contract for a solid silver service to be presented to the battleship Arizona. The price was approximately $8,000.

Wednesday, May 20

On this date in 1862, the advance guard of the California Column reached Tucson under the command of Lt. Col. Joseph West and established Camp Lowell.

On this date in 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act, giving free land to citizens who could qualify for ownership by living on the land.

On this date in 1910, The Arizona Daily Star announced that incorporation papers were to be filed by a company of local promoters who planned to build a resort in Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains.

Thursday, May 21

On this date in 1931, border patrolmen discovered the skeleton of a 25,000-year-old mammoth near Hereford.

On this date in 1954, Dean Byron Cummings, professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona and the first white man to see Rainbow Ridge, died.

Friday, May 22

On this date in 1894, Dr. A.E. Douglass selected a site in Flagstaff for the Lowell Observatory.

On this date in 1923, four people died in an explosion at the Apache Powder Plant at Benson.

On this date in 1925, a solid copper flagpole, donated by Inspiration Consolidated Copper Co., was erected in front of the American Legion building in Miami.

On this date in 1925, a wolf-like pack of 15 or 20 wild dogs killed livestock and terrorized children in the Silverbell Road area near Tucson.

On this date in 1925, citizens of Bisbee formed the Bisbee Volunteer Forest Fire Fighting Corps which was to consist of 13 groups of four men each, trained in firefighting.

Saturday, May 23

On this date in 1868, Col. Christopher “Kit” Carson, who directed the campaign against the Navajos which resulted in their surrender and the exile of about half the tribe to Fort Sumner between 1864 and 1868, died at Fort Lyon, Colorado, just nine days before the June 1 signing of the treaty which allowed the Navajos to return to their homeland.

On this date in 1919, the Secretary of the Arizona Livestock Board reported that Cochise County was swarming with cattle rustlers.

On this date in 1927, one person died and several were injured when two Santa Fe trains crashed near Flagstaff.

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