Susan Johnson Featured in the Daily Sun
100 years ago
1923: Richard Dix, Lois Wilson, Noah Beery, Ricardo Cortez, and Richard Ogle, all prominent members of the Famous Players Lasky Corporation, have starred in various films adapted from Zane Gray’s novels. The role is ready to be shot and will be in Flagstaff within three weeks. Call of the canyon. Most of the novel’s action takes place in Oak Creek, and the photographs are also taken there, although some scenes may be shot in Flagstaff. There were rumors that Bebe Daniels would join the company, but Miss Mary Costigan, the owner of Orpheum, received a telegram yesterday from the company saying that Miss Daniels was not in the company. Costigan will arrange for movie stars to perform in person at his theater while they are here.
The National Park Service has been directed to include $100,000 in the budget for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s purchase of the Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail from its current owner, Coconino County. All $100,000 will be spent on a highway connecting Maine to the Grand Canyon. This would hand over construction and permanent maintenance to the government along the same lines that the government is doing with the Cody Road to Yellowstone National Park. This leaves the possibility that by next year at the latest the critical roads will be in good condition and eventually the roads will be paved by the government, taking certain costs and controversies off the shoulders of taxpayers in this county. .
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75 years ago
1948: Thirty-three Arizona National Guard units await march orders to begin the road to Flagstaff and Fort Tuthill. There, 1,500 National Guard soldiers will host their annual summer encampment beginning August 15. The order is expected to be issued in the next few days. From the office of Arizona Assistant Secretary of State Maj. Gen. A.M. Tuthill, he has already issued a general order addressing the camp. Guards come from all over the state and spend a two-week training period at Tuthill, six miles south of the city. Preliminary details arrive several days before the main body of the army prepares the camp. The general order also contained instructions and arrangements as to where each unit should set up camp in the fort. A training plan divides each of the 92 working hours into schedules. Topics covered include marching to and from Flagstaff, dismount training, and more. military ceremonies. Combat lookout duties. Practical use of compass. reading maps. Setting up a tent. signal communication. Domestic turmoil and martial law. chemical warfare training. Forming a rifle squad. mines and booby traps. Rifles, grenades, rocket launchers. reconnaissance and patrol. machine guns and mortars. Overnight bivouac.
50 years ago
1973: Would you like to own an important piece of Arizona history with a special marker? Case. Their ranch property includes Navajo Springs, the site of an Arizona Territory government organization. Navajo Springs was marked on early maps as a place where travelers could obtain water for themselves and their livestock. Lieutenant Amiel Whipple said that when he visited the area in 1853, the Navajo Indians took advantage of “a fine pool of water that springs into the face of the valley”.
In March 1863, John A. Gurley was appointed governor of the new Arizona Territory. As he prepared to leave for his new base, he fell ill and died before reaching the frontier. He was replaced by John N. Goodwin. Goodwin’s official party left Santa Fe, New Mexico in early winter and was given a military escort from both Calvary and infantry. In his entourage were 66 wagons pulled by mules. On December 27, the party believed they entered Arizona during a heavy snowstorm. However, they were not convinced that they had traveled another two days, some 40 miles, to Navajo Springs, which they knew was in new territory. Despite the unforgiving weather and the weariness of the journey, participants hoisted the national flag, read the proclamation, took the oath of office of the new governor, and finished off with a glass of champagne. The government party moved to Fort Whipple, but the spring remained an important stop over the years.
25 years ago
1998: On the surface, it seems obvious. How does a city of 55,000, near major international attractions and a state university, diversify its visitor base? Of course, one obvious answer is “build a convention center.” is. But how to build such a facility in Flagstaff is another matter altogether. Never mind that cities like Yuma, Utah, St. George, and Boulder, Colorado have all set up and successfully run convention centers. The Flagstaff way is, well, different. Flagstaff City Council received a consultant report last week saying that building a 1,500-seat, $6 million convention center is not only justified but feasible. All too predictably, the council was displeased. Some members thought it was too big and wondered if there was a market for an 800-seat event. Some wanted to think bigger. And he didn’t want to build a new hotel next to the convention center because he was too concerned about the market share of existing hotel and motel owners.
But the convention center is not a parkway for growth. This is not a mega-project that will push the city’s tax-paying capacity to the limit. There are steadfast members of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce promoting the convention center. They recognize that while the city has plenty of hotels and motels, none are large enough for business, academic and industry groups to attend his 1,000.
Susan Johnson has lived in Flagstaff for over 30 years and loves delving into her adopted home’s past. She has authored two books for The History Press, Haunted Flagstaff and Flagstaff Walkup Murders, and runs Freaky Foot Tours with her son Nick. ing. She can be spotted hiking trails with her corgi Shimmer.
All events were taken from issues of the Arizona Daily Sun and its predecessors, Coconino Weekly Sun and Coconino Sun.