By Dave Lewis
Last week we concluded that Arizona did not figure prominently in the Mexican-American War, but Army units crossing Arizona led to some lasting results.
A safe and practical wagon road from New Mexico to California was highly desirable, as it might lead to a good southern route for a railroad. In 1846, the Mormon Battalion became the first party to cross Arizona by wagon, albeit by a circuitous route. Colonel Philip Cooke, commanding, was effusive about this accomplishment:Read More