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Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 12:00 am

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1874, the town site of Safford was located by C.M. Ritter.

On this date in 1887, the first train robbery in Arizona history took place when two masked men took $20,000 from the Southern Pacific passenger train 17 miles east of Tucson.

On this date in 1889, a bill which moved the territorial capitol from Prescott to Phoenix was signed.

Thursday, Jan. 29

On this date in 1949, the project known as “Operation Haylift” began on the Navajo Reservation as a result of a blizzard which left 35 inches of snow in the northwestern portion of the reservation.

Friday, Jan. 30

On this date in 1947, Joaquin Lopez became the first Papago Indian to be ordained a minister in the Protestant church.

On this date in 1947, the housing situation in Tucson was reported to be so critical that 2,000 people were sleeping in cars, trucks, tents and in bus and railroad depots.

Saturday, Jan. 31

On this date in 1884, the Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society held its organizational meeting in Tucson.

On this date in 1890, the Empire Ranch started a drive of 1,000 head of cattle to California to escape the high freight rates of $7 per head.

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