1881 – Tombstone-Benson stage robbery thwarted

1881 – Tombstone-Benson stage robbery thwarted

By SoAzNewsX March 15 1875- Lincoln, New Mexico Territory- A.A. McSween and his wife, Susan, arrive in town and later become major players in the Lincoln County War. 1878- Prescott, Arizona Territory- a soldier convicted of murder is hanged. 1881- Arizona Territory– Gunmen failed in their bloody attempt to rob the Tombstone-Benson stagecoach, part of […]

1881 – Pat Garrett captures Billy the Kid!

1881 – Pat Garrett captures Billy the Kid!

By SoAzNewsX December 21 1866- A relief party out of Ft. Kearney led by Captain Fetterman, was ordered to rescue the fort’s woodcutting detail but not to leave sight of the post. Capt. William Fetterman, who had once boasted that he could ride through the whole Sioux nation with 80 men, ignored the orders and […]

1861 – Tucson-bound mail coach attacked by Apaches!

1861 – Tucson-bound mail coach attacked by Apaches!

By SoAzNewsX July 21 1851- Indiana- Sam Bass was born. 1861- Cook’s Canyon, New Mexico Territory (present day Arizona)- 300 Indians under Cochise and Mangus Coloradas attacked a Tucson bound mail coach. The seven guards held out for three days before being killed. Cochise later admits he lost 175 warriors in the battle. 1865- Springfield, […]

1899 – Black Jack caught after gunfight

1899 – Black Jack caught after gunfight

  By SoAzNewsX July 11 1861- Montana Territory- the steamboat Chippewa exploded on Poplar Creek. It was loaded with whiskey and gunpowder. 1869- Colorado Territory- the Battle of Summit Springs takes place as Tall Bull’s Cheyenne “Dog Soldiers” were attacked by the 5th Cavalry in an attempt to free two captives. One of the two […]

1908 – Pat Garrett killed!

1908 – Pat Garrett killed!

By SoAzNewsX February 29 1908- New Mexico Territory- Former sheriff Pat Garrett (1850-1908), AKA Big Casino (he was 6 ft 4), was killed by Wayne Brazel who was later acquitted on a self defense verdict despite the fact that Garrett had been shot through the back of the head and in the chest.   March […]

1881 – Garrett posse corners Billy the Kid

1881 – Garrett posse corners Billy the Kid

By SoAzNewsX December 21 1866- A relief party out of Ft. Kearney led by Captain Fetterman, was ordered to rescue the fort’s woodcutting detail but not to leave sight of the post. Capt. William Fetterman, who had once boasted that he could ride through the whole Sioux nation with 80 men, ignored the orders and […]

1880 – Garrett joins posse looking for Billy the Kid

1880 – Garrett joins posse looking for Billy the Kid

By SoAzNews December 14 1859- Brownsville, Texas- Fort Brown is reinforced. Troops defeat the outlaw Juan Cortina at La Ebronal. 1859 – Texas – Cpl Patrick Collins and a detachment of Company I, 2nd Cav, from Camp Verde with guide “Polly” Rodriquez and one citizen volunteer, pursued and conducted a dismounted attack against a camp […]

Last Chance Gulch in Montana Territory renamed Helena

Last Chance Gulch in Montana Territory renamed Helena

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner October 29 1854- Texas- a petition for a permanent reservation for the Alabama Indians, signed by tribal leaders, was presented to the Texas legislature. This petition was approved, and the state of Texas purchased land in Polk County for a reservation the same year. The reservation was expanded in […]

1832 – Source of Mississippi River discovered

1832 – Source of Mississippi River discovered

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner July 13 1832 – U.S. Indian agent and explorer Henry Schoolcraft stumbled upon the source of the Mississippi River. Its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico begins at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. 1866- Present day Wyoming- construction begins on Fort Phil Kearny between the forks of the Little Piney […]