On this Wednesday, July 30, in 1872, a corporation was formed in San Francisco to develop diamond fields in northern Arizona. The undertaking was eventually proven to be a swindle which became known as the “Great Diamond Hoax.”
On this date in 1921, Gov. Thomas E. Campbell canceled the state fair to save taxpayers $90,000.
Thursday, July 31
On this date in 1875, Captain A.W. Corliss, commanding at Fort McDowell, reported to the Department of Arizona Headquarters that the roof on one wing of the guard house had fallen in and the roof on the main building was liable to fall in at any moment.
On this date in 1903, the Prescott Journal Miner announced that the hanging of two murderers “was from a professional or official standpoint” a perfect success.
Friday, Aug. 1
On this date in 1861, Lt. Col. John R. Baylor proclaimed the Confederate Territory of Arizona, with the Territorial capitol at Mesilla, and himself as military governor. The new Confederate Territory extended from Texas to California and lay generally south of the Gila River.
Saturday, Aug. 2
On this date in 1905, unknown assassins fired into a group of Silverbell miners, killing two and wounding one, for no apparent reason.
On this date in 1929, passengers on transcontinental trains, which were delayed by washouts, cleaned out the entire food supply of many small towns. The town of Bowie reported nothing left but coffee.