This Day in Prescott History

 

This Day in Prescott (Area) History
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January:

01, 1887 The first train arrives in Prescott.

01, 1915 Prohibition begins, threatening the Public Library.

04, 1912 Novelist Gilbert Parker speaks at Prescott Chamber of Commerce.    

05, 1864 "Battle of Pinole Treaty" occurs.

09, 1986 Mingus Mountain Inn is set ablaze.

12, 1916 Colony of Russians arrives in Chino Valley to farm.

17, 1863 Mangas Colorado, beloved Indian Chief, is murdered.

18, 1916 A great blizzard & flood strikes Prescott.

20, 1938 Bill Fain, father of Prescott Valley, is born.

22, 1911 Mystery man found dead inside Thumb Butte.

27, 1964 Morris Goldwater is named "Man of the Century."

28, 2000 A UFO wave begins in Prescott Valley.


February:


01, 1911 Arizona Pioneers' Home opens.

04, 1910 Sam Anderson is murdered near Thumb Butte.

07, 1917 Sun blotted out for 5 mins. in Williamson Valley by migrating ducks.

08, 1879 Double Decker brothel changes ownership 4 times.

12, 1866 Mexican volunteers win the "Battle of Five Caves."

16, 1916 Chamber of Commerce hosts a marijuana smoking event.

19, 1844 Al Sieber, famous Indian scout, was born.

21, 1876 Dudley House, Prescott's 1st true hotel, opens.

22, 1890 Walnut Grove Dam collapses.

23, 1915 Six feet of snow causes disaster for ranchers. 

25, 1873 Living frog found in sandstone 172 feet below ground.

26, 1903 The first automobile drives into Prescott.

26, 1916 The Old Courthouse closes for good.

28, 1959 Constellation airplane crash occurs near the Granite Dells.



March:


01, 1915 Ordinance 208, the first to deal with autos, is passed.

07, 1932 Prescott's Police Cheif demands gun control.

10, 1910 The Yavapai Motorcycle Club is formed. 

11, 1872 Two days of Indian raids start in Williamson Valley.

17, 1953 First nuclear test observed in Prescott.

26, 1915 Unknown, mysterious chieftain's body is discovered in Skull Valley.

27, 1873 Massacre of Yavapai Indians occurs in Bloody Basin.



April:

02, 1915 1st report of Whitetail deer in the Prescott Nat. Forest.

02, 1918 R Miller is murdered in broad daylight on Gurley St.

05, 1901 Buckey O'Neill dies in Spanish-American War.

10, 1867 The "Battle of the Black Mountains" begins.

17, 1903 Ed Shumate opens the Granite Dells Resort. 

21, 1916 Watson Lake is born.

21, 1917 JS Acker's house is attacked with dynamite.

23, 1881 Battle near Oro produces mystery of another Ft Misery.

25, 1956 Teen delinquents murder a veteran.

27, 1863 Group of miners kill 20 Yavapai Indians for a crime they didn't commit.


May:

01, 1885 Buffalo Soldiers march into Prescott (Ft. Whipple).

03, 1919 C Thompson arrested in plot to murder Pioneers Home resident.

04, 1898 Rough Riders ship out of Prescott. 

05, 1916 Cowboys quit in mass for Great Tungsten Rush.

07, 1985 Last fire set in the Mayer smokestack.

09, 1911 Two capital murders occur in one afternoon.

10, 1907 Lawman James Dodson dies.

11, 1915 Yavapai County’s first prohibition sting occurs.

12, 1873 Prescott's first two ordinances are passed.

12, 1877 A blown stage robbery sting results in death and questions.

15, 1964 Prescott's 100th Anniversary starts with the Courier's largest edition.

17, 1863 Gen. Carleton writes about his Union spy in the Walker Party.

17, 1898 Gun accident kills founder of Massicks (now Prescott Valley.)

19, 1903 Prescott's short-lived streetcar service begins.

20, 1922 Prescott's 1st Federal Narcotics Raid was AZ's Biggest.

21, 1889 Prescott awards its first electric franchise.

21, 1911 First photos of Cathedral Cave are taken.

21, 2016 Glassford Hill summit trail opens.

22, 1953 A wave of flying saucers returns to Prescott.

26, 1860 Wm Kirkland (Kirkland AZ) is 1st anglo married in Tucson.

26, 1921 The first Smoki performance was held to fund the rodeo.

27, 1913 Tom Mix wrangles bull w/ bare hands for film.

30, 1902 Dance was held in the now lost town of Zonia.

30, 1929 Prairie Dogs (1st Cub Scouts) uniforms debut.



June:


03, 1864 Fred Henry survives an Apache attack near Prescott.

03. 1898 James Parker is last man hanged in Prescott.

04, 1875 Prescott’s first ad for ice cream appears.

06, 1944 USS Yavapai is launched.

06, 1881 "The Horribles" are founded.

08, 1940 Prescott's Mercy Hospital burns down.

09, 1888 Yavapai Co's 1st rodeo occurs in Williamson Valley.

12, 1878 Bar fight leads to two murders and a lynching in Gillett.

15, 1912 Prescott's first chautauqua begins.

Fathers Day That’s My Daddy! (at Frontier Days).

19, 1915 USS Arizona is christened by a Prescott girl.

21, 1928 Jim Roberts stops a Clarkdale robbery.

22, 1916 Fred Marshall kills two men over a $2 bet.

25, 1870 4 pioneers are killed by Apaches outside Prescott.

25, 1895 First use of the Plaza gazebo (bandstand)

26, 1917 Prescott railroad and land baron Frank Murphy dies.



July:


01, 1888 Fire destroys Cortez St.

14, 1900 Prescott's Great Fire

03, 1907 Rough Rider Monument is unveiled on the Plaza.

04, 1933 Will Rogers visits Frontier Days.

06, 1892 Fire breaks out in the Old Courthouse.

07, 1922 Frank P Stephens-1st cowboy to lose his life at Frontier Days rodeo

09, 1869 Indians destroy the Bully Bueno Mine.

12, 1871 Jimmie Cleator founder of Cleator AZ was born.

12, 1923 Congress Hotel burns down.

23, 1865 Masons begin work in Prescott.

26, 1920 Boy Scouts discover & extinguish a wildfire.

27, 1910 First of two Humboldt conflagrations in 3 weeks.

29, 1880 Goldwater store burns down.



August:


01, 1920 Scenic Highway 79 (now 89A) opens.

04, 1918 Prostitution sting at the Depot House turns zany.

07, 1864 First Sunday school service held in Prescott. 

09, 1970 Courier photographer sees UFO landing in Prescott.

11, 1916 Harrison Yarnell dies.

13, 1866 The Battle of Skull Valley is fought.

15, 1910  Placerita Post Office closes.

17, 1909 A passenger train boiler explodes outside Prescott.

19, 1863 John A Gurley, AZ's 1st territorial Governor, dies before arriving.

23, 1910 Prescott C of C petitions Federal government to eradicate area Prairie Dogs.

26, 1915 The great Date Creek train wreck occurs.

26, 1868 Indian offensive of 1868 begins.

27, 1902 J Mayer forms the Indian Souvenir Toothpick Co.

28, 1824 Pioneer miner/surveyor Robert Groom is born. 

28, 1882 Two stagecoach robberies occur at once on Black Canyon.

31, 1952 A C-46 makes an emergency belly-landing in a Chino Valley field.



September:


01, 1915 First and only marriage in Palace Station occurs.

02, 1911 Rev. Fred Allen is struck dead by lightning while reading Bible.

05, 1922 Founder of a giant skeleton in Williamson Valley, Peter Marx dies. 

06, 1864 Boy warns Prescott of impending Apache attack. 

16, 1873 John B Townsend, popular Indian killer, dies.

19, 1878 Gen. Wm. T Sherman arrives at Ft. Whipple.

25, 1932 Franklin D Roosevelt visits Prescott.

28, 1867 Fourth Territorial Legislature moves capital from Prescott to Tucson.

29, 1910 TF Averill murders Chas. Wells in downtown Mayer.



October:

01, 1918 Del Rio pump-house burns exasperating a water shortage. 

08, 1934 Prescott's last opium den is raided.

13, 1909 President William Taft visits Prescott.

15, 1878 The Post Office at Gillette is founded.

17, 1903 William Randolph Hearst brings 15 Congressmen to Prescott.

19, 1916 The cornerstone for the current courthouse is laid.

20, 1890 George Johnson is murdered over $78.

22, 1963 Grace Sparkes, civic champion, dies. 

27, 1913 First Northern AZ Fair opens with Tom Mix's help.

31, 1920 Halloween a century ago.



November:


03, 1928 Famous "Yankee Doodle" airplane crashes near Prescott. 

05, 1927 Hassayampa Inn begins to open.

09, 1866 First Thanksgiving celebrated in Prescott.

09, 1910 Auto race from Prescott to Phoenix has whacky results.

10, 1866 Geo. Leihy, US Sup. of Indian Affairs, is killed at Bell's Canyon.

11, 1939 The bountiful Richenbar mine closes.

13, 1886 Charles P Stanton (Stanton, AZ) dies. 

16, 1931 Prescott's downtown Post Office opens.

17, 1866 The "Battle of Fort Rock" occurs.

19, 1887 Mysterious explosion at Wilson's Sawmill thought to be murder.

19, 1889 Three Arsons are set in one evening.

23, 1903 Arizona's first Carnegie library opens in Prescott.

23, 1910 Prescott's Chamber of Commerce is founded.

24, 1909 Scientist Percival Lowell gets high in Prescott.

27, 1867 Old Courthouse first opens.

27, 1909 Joseph Mayer, Mayer AZ's founder, dies.

30, 1911 Buffalo Bill Cody visits the Pioneers' Home.



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