Lecture Series – AprilYou'll love this entertaining look at a trio of great actresses who WOW'd audiences in frontier towns of the Arizona Territory. Starved for dramatic entertainment, pioneers flocked to performance theaters and were spellbound... thoroughly engaged... Learn More
TOP NEWS OF THE WEEK
Willard J. Page ExhibitHe implemented a new marketing approach for selling his artwork. Early 1900s artist Willard J. Page traveled the Southwest setting up his easels on the railroad platform. In assembly-line mode, he would paint his vision of the Southwest, and sell his "baggage-sized" original oils to train travelers eager to grab a memento of their excursion to the Territories. With his wife Ethel and in the custom-built 'motorized coach,' they traveled from the Tetons to Tucson, the Rockies to the Grand Canyon and all points in between. They made a life... Read More
Plan to Visit Fort Whipple Museum
How Arizona Got on the Map – Part 26: Arizona Becomes a United States Territory - Part 2
By Al Bates
First published March 2, 2013
Re-edited April 2, 2019
In the last article we traced Arizona’s early days as a neglected part of New Mexico Territory and how the Gadsden Purchase started the concept of a political subdivision by that name. Today we look at the shaping of Arizona (literally) by the United States Congress and how its first government was formed.
The debate over splitting Arizona from New Mexico Territory included 18 Congressional bills that produced a variety of proposed shapes. Some proposals split Arizona from New Mexico Territory along a horizontal line while others called for a vertical split. It was not until February 20, 1863, that the Senate finally agreed to a bill that had passed in the House over nine months earlier. President Lincoln signed the statute four days later. The next step was to appoint officers for the new territory, which is where Charles Debrile Poston, the self-designated “Father of Arizona,” comes in.