1862: The advance guard of the California Column reaches Tucson under the command of Lt. Col. Joseph West and establishes Camp Lowell.
Also in 1862: Congress passes the Homestead Act, giving free land to citizens who could qualify for ownership by living on the land.
1910: The Arizona Daily Star announces incorporation papers are to be filed by a company of local promoters who plan to build a resort in Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains.
1915: Teatro Carmen, Tucson's first theater devoted to Spanish drama, opens at 384 South Meyer Street. Named for its founder, Carmen Soto Vasquez, the theater also hosted boxing matches and concerts before it became an Elk's lodge. The theater is long gone but the building still stands, just south of the Tucson Convention Center. (from "The book of Tucson lists" by Larry Cox)
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