Phoenix & Arizona Historical Facts & Information
The Phoenix Museum of History is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the early history of Phoenix. Visitors of all ages enjoy interactive and educational exhibits showcasing Phoenixs metamorphosis from a dusty desert town to a modern metropolis. Now in its seventh decade, the museum continues to receive recognition and appreciation for its contribution to the cultural life of Phoenix. Come discover how time and place have influenced modern Phoenix, and the stories of the city's exciting and colorful past.
Phoenix & Arizona Timeline
Population is 122,931.
President Roosevelt dedicated a dam that was named after him. The Coolidge Dam, the Bartlett Dam, and the Hoover Dam followed.
February 14th, Valentines Day, Arizona becomes the 48th State: Capital is Phoenix, first Governor is George W. P. Hunt.
United States joined World War I against Germany. The Zimmerman Telegram was one reason we joined the war. It was sent from Germany to Mexico, and said that if Mexico helped Germany fight in the war, Mexico would regain Arizona.
Grand Canyon National Park is founded.
The planet Pluto is discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
Hoover Dam is completed.
Population is 499,261. Arizona is known as Grand Canyon State.
Indians obtain the right to vote.
Population has zoomed to 1,302,161.
United States Supreme Court decision maintains Arizona's right to large amounts of Colorado river water.
Barry M. Goldwater, Senator from Arizona, runs for president....but loses.
Judge Lorna Lockwood is elected as Chief Justice of Arizona State Supreme Court.
London Bridge (which was falling down) is moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
US Congress divided the Hopi Reservation between the Hopi and the Navajo Indians.
Raul H. Castro became the first Mexican American Governor of Arizona.
Population grows to 2,718,425. Arizona Justice Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman on the United States Supreme Court.
Central Arizona Project brought more water from the Colorado River by pipeline to Phoenix, and in 1991 to Tucson.
Governor Evan Mecham becomes the first United States Governor in 59 years to be impeached. Acting Governor Rose Mofford sworn in as the 18th Governor on April 5, the first woman in the state to hold the office.
Fife Symington elected Governor in special run-off election. Central Arizona Project brought more water from the Colorado River by pipeline to Tucson.
Secretary of State Jane Hull becomes Governor September 5, 1997, after Fife Symington resigns.