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Flagstaff History: City started seeing green

The Susan Johnson Special on the Daily Sun

100 years ago

1923: Rotarians and other taxpayers who were Rotarians’ guests by vote at Tuesday’s Rotary meeting will immediately appoint a committee to the City Council to meet with Santa Fe’s railroad officials and authorize the construction of a new city reservoir. He requested that consideration be given to what kind of cooperation can be obtained from railway stakeholders in construction and construction of railways. Other improvements urgently needed in Flagstaff’s water system. Sid Gassman was scheduled to chair the day and had an excellent program in place, but we felt compelled to take immediate action on the water issue so that we could start the improvement program early. Sid put his program aside and discussion was limited. to the question of water. Club president IB Koch said he recognizes that one of the main necessities in our town today is an adequate supply of water. He has conducted a comprehensive review of recent recommendations on water development. He referred to the threat of fire that currently exists due to our inadequate distribution system, and said that the City Council is committed to working hard and faithfully to ensure that development issues can be decided before the people. He commended the work and suggested that it would be decided that the proposed development work should be carried out, whether a committee should be appointed to consult with Santa Fe officials, and that committee’s report. will be produced at a later meeting of Rotarians and other taxpayers.

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75 years ago

1948: When the state-of-the-art sawmill, which has been under construction for over a year in Arizona, begins operations this morning, operators estimate annual salaries for Flagstaff’s two largest sawmills will be well over $2,000,000. The new plant, built by Southwest Lumber Mills, Inc., underwent a full test in all departments on Friday and Saturday, with actual operations beginning shortly after 7am this morning. The mill has a total sawn capacity of approximately 16,000 feet per hour and replaced the factory destroyed by the fire of January 11, 1947. Saginaw & Manistee provides him with over 700 jobs.

Featuring the 55-voice a cappella choir from Arizona State University in Flagstaff, the global broadcast of the 14th annual Grand Canyon Easter Sunrise service will be available at National Broadcaster facilities, Canadian hookups, and shortwave from 6:30 am to 7:00 am. , was announced by J. Howard Pyle, program director of KTAR in Phoenix and producer of the program. A choir conducted by Dr. Eldon A. Ardley, head of the Flagstaff College Music Department, and a sermon by Reverend Pauling will take place at the Shrine of the Ages. This is just west of Bright Angel Lodge. It’s a small ledge on the southern rim, one of the widest points overlooking the canyon’s impressive views and one of the first points where the rays of the rising sun splash.

50 years ago

1973: The Flagstaff City Council will meet again tonight to consider the all-Indian powwow issue. The meeting was called by Mayor Hallenberg this week after a lengthy meeting with many Indian delegates after the decision was taken to cancel the 1973 event. It seems unlikely that the city council will be able to figure out why he held his 1973 powwow. Little has changed since Tuesday when Congress voted 4-2 against granting the Powwow Commission permission to use city park facilities for midsummer events. Flagstaff has so many residents who would love to see the event take place. Many Indians also want the city council to reverse its decision.But the same problems that existed on Tuesday still exist today. There are safety issues. I have a hygiene problem. There are liability issues. The majority of the council made no attempt to resolve these issues earlier this week.

25 years ago

1998: Two non-binding resolutions to be voted on tonight are considered green by the Flagstaff City Council. The council will approve a resolution opposing the expansion of the White Vulcan Mine at San Francisco Peaks and calling on the US Forest Service to issue a statement on its environmental impact. The council also smiled at another resolution filed before President Bill Clinton against his two bills to transport nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain, Nevada via Flagstaff. The resolution is simply the opinion of the city council and has no mandate to be held as law, but it still attracts support from many of its supporters.

In two separate moves to reduce traffic, the Flagstaff Transportation Commission voted to test medians on the streets of San Francisco and Leroux, and chokers in Leroux. Chokers are obstacles that narrow roads and slow down passage. The commission voted to test he two orange barrel medians on San Francisco Avenue in combination with the bike lanes on the east side of the street. The median is at least 20 feet long and 3 feet wide. At Leroux, the committee voted to test the median and two orange barrel chokers. According to the city traffic engineer, each test project he will start within three months. If they work and don’t create too much community opposition, the commission may recommend them to the City Council as permanent traffic mitigation measures.

Susan Johnson has lived in Flagstaff for over 30 years and loves delving into her adopted hometown’s past. He wrote his two books for the History Press, Haunted Flagstaff and Flagstaff’s Walkup Family Murders, and with his son Nick he runs Freaky Foot Tours. She can be found hiking the trails with her corgi Shimmer.

All events were taken from the Arizona Daily Sun and its predecessor Coconino Weekly Sun and Coconino Sun publications.

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