Tom Jeffords and the Chiricahua Apache Reservation

Tom Jeffords. Photo taken in 1885.

Editor’s Note. Karen Weston Gonzales is a talented free lance writer. I first read her story about Southern Arizona pioneer, Tom Jeffords, in Tombstone Times to which I subscribe. The story is reprinted here with permission. The story is true and offers a clear account of one of the most … Continue reading

Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory: 1862 – 1894. A Pictorial

Ruins of Fort Bowie, Arizona.

For a quarter century, 1861 to 1886, Ft. Bowie was prime real estate known as Apache Pass. The Americans wanted it for their stagecoaches & supply wagons. The Chiricahua Apaches wanted it because their people had lived here for at least two centuries. Both sides were willing to pay for it in blood.

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Sweet Birding At Sweetwater Wetlands

Bridge Sweetwater Wetlands

Last week Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen headed off to Sweetwater Wetlands, west of I-10 to see if we could spot some birds. Our docent Saturday was a volunteer from Pima County Recreation. It was most helpful to have a guide to help find these critters. With the help of … Continue reading

Tombstone Boothill Graveyard: How They Lived; How They Died.

China Mary Tombstone

In 1880, old age began about 40, the average life expectancy of a U.S. citizen. Life was hard, good nutrition & effective medical treatment were scarce. By age 40, most people, particularly women, were simply worn out. Between 1879 and 1884, about 300 people were buried in the Tombstone Boothill … Continue reading

Empire Ranch Fall Roundup

Empire Ranch Fall Roundup 2013

This year’s Empire Ranch Fall Roundup & Open House is Saturday, November 5th. The day-long Roundup will feature presentations and demonstrations about cowboy life on the Ranch and showcase Western traditions, skills, music, and food. Ms. Karen & I went last year and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This is a great … Continue reading

A Trip to the Clanton Ranch

Clanton Ranch group

On a sunny day in mid-October with Helldorado Days in full swing, Ms. Rosemary and Ms. Karen, headed for the San Pedro River to learn about the Clanton Ranch. Helldorado Days has occurred every year in Tombstone at this time for over 85 years, with parties and parades.  Still, it was a … Continue reading

Get Ready for the Bisbee 1000, October 21, 2017

Bisbee Save Our Stairs

The Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb was held last weekend, October 15, 2016 in Bisbee, Arizona. This event has been gaining in popularity for 26 years. Not unlike the All Souls Procession in Tucson, the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb is Bisbee’s signature event of the year. It is safe to say … Continue reading