Miracle On An Orphan Train To Arizona

Orphan Street Urchins

In late 19th & early 20th century New York, newly arrived Irish Catholics were considered low-class by other ethnically “Anglo-Saxon” groups, such as German, English, & Dutch, who were mostly Protestant.

The Irish

“Low-class” is perhaps too mild a term. The Irish were considered hardly better than Negroes, whom most whites believed were sub-human. Odd as it may seem to us today, the fair-skinned, blonde or red-headed Irish were not considered white in an era when white supremacy was a given.

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Send Some Apaches To New York. That’ll Show ‘Em!

Chiricahua Apaches 1886

Like so many others, I enjoy local histories. Understanding history is how I get a sense of the places and people I visit as I travel around Baja Arizona creating my videos, photographs, stories, and reviews to share with you on my Southern Arizona Guide. Of late, I have been reading extensively about the Apache […]

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Pointleaf Manzanita of the Sky Islands


The Pointleaf Manzanita is very distinctive due to its red bark. Translated it means “Little Apple”. What the video and you will see why. Manzanita can be found near Windy Point on Mt.Lemmon and in the chaparral of the Huachucas. In this video produced by Mike Foster, Vincent Pinto, biologist, … Continue reading

Geronimo’s Autobiography – Excerpts From His 1905 Book

Geronimo age 74, a celebrity

(Italics are my comments to assist readers in understanding the fuller context. jg) DEDICATORY Geronimo: The True Story of America’s Most Ferocious Warrior Because he has given me permission to tell my story; because he has read that story and knows I try to speak the truth; because I believe … Continue reading

Bat Migration and the Agave in the Huachucas

Century Plant

In this video, Mike Foster explains the migration of bats to the Huachuca Mountains in search of the nectar from the Century Plant. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people about the value of … Continue reading

Nogales, The Arizona Walnut

Nogales the Walnut

In this short video, Mike Foster introduces us to the Nogales, not the town, but the walnut. Learn how to identify it. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people about the value of the … Continue reading

Southern Arizona Ghost Town Tour: A Slideshow!

Gleeson Jail

In the Fall of 2014, Southern Arizona Guide became more than just a website with all of its Dining & Lodging Reviews, Local History, and recommended Things To See and Do. We started offering tours to some of the most interesting and historical places in the American Southwest. This slideshow … Continue reading

In Their Own Words: Cochise & The People Who Knew Him!

West Side of Dragoon Mountains

Unlike the many images we have of Geronimo today, no photograph of Cochise exists. We only know what he looked like from contemporary written accounts; mostly American and Mexican. These we owe to the very few people of European descent who lived to tell about their close encounter with the … Continue reading

Ghost Town Trail: A Day Trip From Tucson!

Pearce General Store

Shopping at a mall on Black Friday is not for us. Instead, we took our granddaughter, Jessie, and her fiance, Corey, who are visiting from California, to the wide-open spaces of Southeastern Arizona in search of ghost towns along Ghost Town Trail. We left Tucson at 9:30 AM and were … Continue reading