Arizona Centennial

-Arizona Centennial
12:49 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Arizona Centennial Minute: Bucky O'Neill

Bucky O'Neill Cabin, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
National Park Service inventory

Buckey O’Neill got a lot living done in just 38 years.

Nicknamed for “bucking the tiger” in his favorite card game, he came to Arizona territory at the age of 19.  As a newspaper man in Tombstone, he covered the Earp brothers and may have witnessed the OK Corral shootout.

Then he mined copper at the Grand Canyon, where he built a cabin that still stands.

He served as judge, mayor and sheriff in Yavapai County, and led a posse through Canyon Diablo to capture bandits.

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-Arizona Centennial
12:30 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Arizona Centennial Minute: Statehood

Arizona became a state on Valentine’s Day 1912.

That date was chosen because it marked a half-century since we’d become a territory…Arizona was made a Confederate Territory on February 14th in 1862.

You know, on Statehood day, there wasn’t a lot of fanfare …Gov. George

W. P. Hunt walked more than a mile to the State Capitol to sign the papers.

We do know the occasion of Arizona’s statehood got some brand new media attention…President Taft’s signing of the papers was the first time motion pictures were taken inside the White House.

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