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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:03 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

On Wednesday, June 11, 1822, Abraham Harlow Peeples, who came to Arizona in 1863 and with Pauline Weaver organized the prospecting expedition which discovered the Rich Hill gold placers, was born.

On this date in 1928, more than 1,000 acres of timberland were destroyed in the Ajo Mountains by a raging forest fire.

Thursday, June 12

On this date in 1888, an Apache Indian who had fired one shot that killed two men was tried for murder in one of the deaths and acquitted. He later was tried again for the murder of the second man and convicted on precisely the same set of facts.

On this date in 1904, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported noteworthy success with cotton planted in the Yuma valley as an experiment.

On this date in 1930, Tucson celebrated the opening of its greatly enlarged municipal airport.                     

Friday, June 13

On this date in 1862, Sylvester Mowry’s silver mine at Patagonia was confiscated and Mowry was arrested on charges of being a Confederate sympathizer.

On this date in 1908, 2,000 residents of the Salt River Valley watched as Gov. Joseph H. Kibbey pulled the lever which raised gates on the newly completed Granite Reef Dam.

Saturday, June 14

On this date in 1879, an executive order set aside the Salt River Indian Reservation for Pima and Maricopa Indians.

On this date in 1909, artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was born in Morenci.

On this date in 1928, two sections of the west end of the new Blythe-Ehrenberg bridge over the Colorado River were washed out by high water.

On this date in 1929, 6,000 people gathered for the formal dedication of the Marble Canyon Bridge across the Colorado River.

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