"In February 1879, some Mormons, including W.R. Teeples, John Williams Tanner, Lem Pierce, and Hyrum Weech, found a location in the Gila Valley where they planned to place a canal. They named the location Smithville to honor Jesse N. Smith (b. 1834), a Mormon leader who arrived in Arizona in September 1878 with Erastus Snow. By April, the village had been laid out in sixteen blocks of four lots each. Lawless men and malaria beset these settlers. Nevertheless, they perservered. On the post office application in the National Archives, it is noted that the place was called Smithville, but the name Pima was requested for the post office in 1894. PO est Aug 23, 1880, William R. Teeples PM; name changed to Pima, Nov. 25, 1894, Henry G Boyle PM."
Barnes, Will C.; Granger, Byrd (ed.) Arizona's names : X marks the place Falconer Pub. Co. : distributed by Treasure Chest Publications, c1983. P. 481
Arizona Department of Commerce- Pima, Arizona
Arizonan.com-- Pima, Arizona
Pioneer town : Pima centennial history.
Town of Pima, centennial memories, 1879-1979.
F819.P68 T686 1979
CE EPH DTO-PIMA
Pima, Arizona Community Profiles. Various dates from 1975-
CE EPH DTO-PIMA.1
Pima, Arizona: Information Brochures.
FE EPH DTO-Pima.1
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