Leading up to Arizona's centennial on Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Jan. 14, 1912

All work on the territorial highway has been suspended. Notice to that effect was yesterday received from Territorial Engineer Girand by Griffith and Pacheco, who have the contract for that stretch of the road between Tucson and Florence and the uncompleted part of the link between Tucson and Douglas.

The reason given by the engineer for the suspension of the work was the failure of some of the counties to turn in their assessments to the territorial road fund.

Three counties are affected by the contracts of Griffith and Pacheco - Pinal, Pima and Cochise.

It is not understood that either of these counties was among those which refused to contribute further to the fund, but the trouble is understood to lie with those counties which saw no immediate construction going on.

Graham (County) has steadfastly declined to become a party to the territorial road building enterprise, making it necessary at one time to make the supervisors of that county defendants in a mandamus proceeding.

There will be non-resumption of road building until after legislation under statehood.

- Arizona Daily Star

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