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Sunday, March 22

On this date in 1875, the Silver King Mine was discovered in the Pinal Mountains. The first ore taken from the mine was assessed at $4,300 per ton.

On this date in 1906, a meeting of the Board of School Trustees addressed the "unbecoming conduct" of six teachers in the Tucson Public Schools. The teachers had gone on a Sunday picnic to Sabino Canyon at which they "drank beer and wine and smoked cigarettes."

On this date in 1907, the Territorial Legislature moved the Territorial Prison from Yuma to Florence.

Monday, March 23

On this date in 1876, the first Mormon settlers reached Sunset Crossing on the Little Colorado River, where they would establish four settlements. The settlers, who included 50 men and their families, left Salt Lake City on Feb. 3, 1876.

On this date in 1877, John D. Lee, who in 1872 established and operated Lee's Ferry across the Colorado River, was executed for his participation in the Mountain Meadows massacre. He was seated upon his coffin and shot by a firing squad at the site of the massacre.

On this date in 1904, F.W. Volz loaned 5000 pounds (2,268 kilograms) of the Canyon Diablo meteor to the Arizona Board of Managers of the World's Fair for display at St. Louis.

On this date in 2003, Army soldier Lori Piestewa, a Tuba City native and member of the Hopi tribe, dies in Iraq when her convoy is ambushed. Piestewa was the first female soldier to die during the invasion of Iraq.

Tuesday, March 24

On this date in 1856, Sonora Exploring and Mining Company was organized in Cincinnati to develop silver mines in southern Arizona. The Heintzelman Mine, near Arivaca, was the company's first development.

On this date in 1902, Samuel Friedman, proprietor of the Grand Central Hotel at Benson and of several mining claims in the Dragoon Mountains, died.

Wednesday, March 25

On this date in 1901, prospectors discovered gold four miles (6.4 kilometers) from Wickenburg, sparking a rush of placer miners to the Hassayampa River.

On this date in 1902, The Arizona Daily Star reported that an oil gusher had been struck near Kelvin in Pinal County on land bonded to the Standard Oil Company.

On this date in 1906, Arizona Governor Joseph Henry Kibbey predicted that within five years, the cattle ranching industry would have given way entirely to ostrich ranching in Arizona.

Thursday, March 26

On this date in 1902, The Clifton Copper Era reported on the need for direct mail contact between Blue River Country and Clifton. Although the distance between the two was 40 miles, letters traveled a round-about route of more than 1000 miles (1,609 kilometers) which took about two weeks.

On this date in 1909, Thomas Gardner, one of the earliest pioneers of what is now Santa Cruz County, died. A canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains is named after him.

Friday, March 27

On this date in 1883, James Addison Reavis filed a claim to the Peralta Grant, which supposedly covered 12 million acres (48,562 square kilometers) of the richest land, towns and mines in Arizona. The tale of the Grant later proved to be fraudulent.

On this date in 1906, The Arizona Daily Star announced that it would start furnishing daily weather forecasts transmitted by the Consolidated Telephone, Telegraph and Electric Co.

On this date in 1906, it was announced that an increase in the price of beer to 10 cents a glass would take effect March 31, due to increased liquor license costs in Pima County.

Saturday, March 28

On this date in 1884, O.W. Sample, William Delaney, Dan Dowd, Tex Howard and Dan Kelly were hung in Tombstone for the murder of four people, including a pregnant woman, during the robbery of a store.

On this date in 1886, Albert Rex Buehman, a well-known Tucson photographer and son of Henry Buehman, who was one of Arizona's earliest pioneer photographers, was born.

On this date in 1906, The Bisbee Cemetery Committee announced that due to a donation from Col. William C. Greene, an iron fence set in concrete would be erected around the Bisbee Cemetery.

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