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Prescott’s Sesquicentennial

1863

  • February 24, 1863 — President Lincoln signs Organic Act creating the Arizona Territory
  • May 10, 1863 — Walker Party forms Pioneer Mining District
  • September 19, 1863 — Surveyor General Clark reports on the new diggings in Arizona
  • December 23, 1863 — Fort Whipple is founded in Chino Valley
  • December 29, 1863 — Governor Goodwin’s Proclamation at Navajo Springs

1864

  • January 22, 1864 — Governor Goodwin’s party arrives at Ft. Whipple in Chino Valley
  • January 27, 1864 — Battle of Bloody Tanks
  • February 18, 1864 — Governor Goodwin’s territorial tour begins
  • March 9, 1864 — First edition of Prescott Miner published as predecessor to the Courier
  • April-May, 1864 — Special census taken
  • May 18, 1864 — Ft. Whipple established along Granite Creek as headquarters of the District of Arizona and the former site renamed Camp Clark in honor of Surveyor General Clark
  • May 24, 1864 —  Governor Goodwin calls for territorial elections
  • May 30, 1864 — City of Prescott named
  • July 4, 1864 — First Arizona Territory Fourth of July celebrated at Prescott
  • July 18, 1864 — Territorial elections
  • August 24, 1864 — Results of the election of first delegate to Congress announced
  • September 26, 1864 — First legislature meets
  • October 4, 1864 — Howell Code is adopted
  • November 8, 1864 — Territorial legislature creates four counties (Mohave, Pima, Yavapai, and Yuma)

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