On this date in 1899, the Phoenix Daily Herald ran an ad placed by a local contractor asking residents why they continue to spend $5, $10, or $15 a month on rent when they could own land in the heart of Phoenix for $65 to $200.

On this date in 1899, the Phoenix Daily Herald reported the departure of John Gorman, who was the toll keeper on the Riverside-to-Globe road until it was abandoned. Gorman took tolls for 18 years, often with a pistol or shotgun in his hand.

On this date in 1922, outlaws attempted to hold up the Golden State of the South Pacific at Jayne’s Station near Tucson. One was killed and the others fled when the express courier used his shotgun.

Monday May 16

On this date in 1898, Arizona barbers raised their prices to an all-time high for a shave – 25 cents.

On this date in 1910, Edward Hughes, one of the first Helvetia mine locators, died.

On this date in 1916, the city of Pima was incorporated.


On this date in 1929, high winds toppled the new Somerton Junior High School being built in Somerton, south of Yuma. One worker was killed and another seriously injured.

On this date in 1930, outlaws set fire to the rail trestle between Miami and Globe in an attempt to destroy the South Pacific train, but the engineer opened the throttle and rushed through flames.

tuesday may 17

On this date in 1910, the chief of police in Douglas arrested the mayor for failing to harness his horse.

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

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

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

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

On this date in 1910, the Adams Hotel in Phoenix was destroyed by fire, with an estimated loss of $275,000 and two people killed. The Governor and Mrs. Richard Sloan, who lived in the hotel, escaped without injury.

Wednesday May 18

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

On this date in 1929, Federal Engineer HJ Gault arrived in Yuma to begin the final design for the All-American Canal.

On this date in 1910, Mr. John Gardner, census taker of Pima County, reported that upon entering a Yaquai village in northern Pima County, all the Indians quickly disappeared. His total count for the village was one woman.

Thursday May 19

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

On this date in 1892, a stagecoach line was established between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

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

Friday May 20

On this date in 1862, the vanguard of the California Column reached Tucson under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph West and established Camp Lowell.

On this date in 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act, granting free land to citizens who could claim property 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 developers who planned to build a resort at Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains.

Saturday May 21

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

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

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