On Wednesday, June 25, 1895, the Peralta-Reavis claims to 12,750,000 acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico were declared fraudulent by the U.S. District Court in Santa Fe. James A. Reavis was later convicted of perjury and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary.

Thursday, June 26

On this date in 1869, Leopoldo Carrillo opened Arizona’s first commercial ice cream saloon in Tucson.

On this date in 1933, Tucson bakers raised the price of pound loaves of bread from eight to nine cents.

Friday, June 27

On this date in 1881, 30,000 pounds of gunpowder exploded in Zeckendorf’s powder magazine at the edge of Tucson, smashing windows and dishes and damaging buildings all over town. Churches were quickly filled with people who feared the end of the world was at hand.

On this date in 1921, a fire destroyed the mining town of Oatman with the loss estimated at $500,000.

On this date in 1926, a shoulder blade of a huge prehistoric animal was discovered at Arivaca.

Saturday, June 28

On this date in 1888, The Phoenix Herald announced the arrival of 16 ostriches, delivered to M.E. Clanton who was establishing a local ostrich farm.

On this date in 1909, the Tucson Citizen reported that a masked bandit held up a street car at the main gate of the University of Arizona and took a gold watch and $15 in cash from the passengers.

On this date in 1965, Ross Santee, cowboy artists and author, died in Globe at the age of 76.

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