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Sunday, Feb. 21 On this date in 1908, representatives of the Kickapoo Indian tribe were negotiating in Douglas for the purchase of 200,000 acres of land for a permanent home for the tribe.
Monday, Feb. 22 On this date in 1890, Walnut Grove Dam on the Hassayampa River broke after heavy rains causing the deaths of 50 people. On this date in 1876, a five stamp quartz mill was put into operation at Mineral Park by the Mineral Park Mill Co
Tuesday, Feb. 23 On this date in 1540, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado left Mexico in search of the Seven Cities of Ciboloa. That trek was the first exploration of the land that is now Arizona and Coronado and his men were the first Europeans to see the Grand Canyon and visit Hopi Villages.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 On this date in 1897, reports came in from Tucson, Benson and Tombstone about a low-flying, brilliant meteor which passed overhead. On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Territorial Act, creating the Territory of Arizona.
Thursday, Feb. 25 On this date in 1881, the City of Phoenix was incorporated with a population of 1,780. On this date in 1864, Governor Goodwin instructed U.S. Marshal Milton Duffield to take the first Arizona Territorial Census.
Friday, Feb. 26 On this date in 1837, Major Winfield Scott, an Army Chaplin for whom Scottsdale is named, was born.
Saturday, Feb. 27 On this date in 1927, construction began on Grand View Road in the Grand Canyon National Park.
http://www.nps.gov/morningreport/msg00201.html Thursday, February 18, 1999 INCIDENTS 99-49 - Joshua Tree NP (CA) - Theft; Potential NAGPRA Violation The historic grave of prominent pioneer Johnny Lang was looted in the park in January of 1994. Two mines, a canyon and a valley within the park are named for Lang, who died in 1926. Lang's skull and femurs were taken from the grave in the 1994 theft, but no leads were developed at that time. On February 4th, ranger Kevin Tillman received a tip about the current location of Lang's skull. Two days later, a search warrant was executed by rangers and the park's special agent at a residence in the nearby community of Twenty-Nine Palms. During an interview of the resident, they learned that the skull had been moved to a residence in Yucca Valley, California. A consent search of that residence led to the recovery of the skull. The suspect claims that he bought the skull at a local swap meet, and that it's the skull of a Native American, not Lang. The skull will be examined by forensic anthropologists. Several stone points and government signs were also recovered during the search. [Todd Swain, SA, Pat Suddath, DR, JOTR, 2/12 and 2/17]
http://www.nps.gov/morningreport/msg00202.html Friday, February 19, 1999 INCIDENTS 98-745 - Bandelier NM (NM) - Follow-up: ARPA Conviction On the afternoon of March 1, 1998, ranger Dale Coker responded to an electronic sensor alarm installed at an archeological site on neighboring DOE-managed land, which is patrolled and protected by the park through an interagency agreement. The site had been looted intermittently since July, 1997. Coker found Brett Cooper, 35, of Santa Fe, actively digging a new hole at the site. On December 4, 1998, Cooper pled guilty in federal district court to one felony count under ARPA and agreed to pay $5,234 in restitution for rehabilitation costs. On February 17th, Cooper was sentenced to five years' probation and 100 hours of community service - 20 hours of archeological resource protection educational efforts annually, supervised by the NPS. [Phil Young, SA, Intermountain SO, 2/18]
http://www.latimes.com:80/excite/990221/t000016083.html Hoover Dam, the 1930s project that tamed the Colorado River, is a spectacular sight -- stop on the Nevada side at the visitors center that was opened to the public in mid-1995. There are $8 tours every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., with extended hours in the summer. The guided portion lasts about 35 minutes, with more to look at on your own afterward. For $25 a "hard hat" tour lasts an hour and 15 minutes, taking you places inside the dam that you can't go to on the standard tour.
http://www.azstarnet.com/public/dnews/041-6917.html After earning his master's degree in 1995, Powers and a partner founded a traveling display version of the Cold War Museum, which includes dozens of historical artifacts associated with the U-2 spy plane and the elder Powers. The exhibit will be featured until April 25, when Powers and company will move it to the National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com:80/city/990221/2299533.html The world's foremost expert on dinosaur poop, Ms. Chin of the United States Geological Survey was the first to identify large, irregular fossilized blobs as dinosaur dung. She gained international fame last year after she co-authored an article in Nature magazine about the largest known piece of fossilized poop from a meat-eating dinosaur. Namely, Tyrannosaurus rex. Ms. Chin was called in to study the king-size turd after it was discovered by dinosaur hunters in Saskatchewan.
http://www.stlnet.com/postnet/news/pdtoday.nsf/MetroPOST/0008D7E819D2186E8625671F00278F33?OpenDocument The only black man who traveled with Lewis and Clark on their expedition, played a vital role in relations with Indians. The Indians, who had never seen a black man, would rub York's skin to see if he was a painted white man. York used Indian curiosity to overcome their hostility and suspicion. York, fluent in several languages including French, interpreted valuable information from the Indians.
http://www.amcity.com:80/atlanta/stories/1999/02/22/focus1.html O'Kon, a civil engineer with a lifelong fascination in ancient cultures, is a self-taught archaeologist who demonstrated that the piles of rocks in the river were the remains of two towers that supported a 600-foot-long suspension bridge. A bridge that long was not constructed in Europe for another 700 years.