The Day Amelia Earhart Dropped In For Dinner

Amelia Earhart

(Annie Larkin is one lucky lady. As curator of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, she gets to hunt through old cases & drawers in this wonderful old building in search of hidden treasures, such as the story below. Reproduced with permission.) In September of 1928, Amilia Earhart was one … 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

A Day Trip Through History: The Santa Cruz River Valley

Tucson Convento & Chapel on the West Bank of the Santa Cruz River.

A Brief History Of The Santa Cruz River Valley From Tucson South To The Mexican Border.  Here you will find the Spanish missions and presidios (forts) of the Pimeria Alta, Land of the Upper Pimas. Today, Interstate 19 makes traveling this 70-mile section of Arizona history an easy day trip. … Continue reading

A Targeted Killing: How Cushing Street Got Its Name

Lt. Howard B. Cushing

In 1942, Eve Ball, author and friend to many Mescalero Apaches (NM), convinced Asa (Ace) Daklugie, a Chiricahua Apache, to tell her the stories of his people’s war with the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico (1861-1886). These stories had been told many times by White Eyes: … Continue reading

Chief Nana’s Revenge: An Extraordinary Life

Apache Chief Nana: 1885.

The Mexicans called him Nana; meaning “Grandma”. In 1881, he was about 75 years old, and was crippled in one leg. Moreover, his eyesight was deteriorating. But he had one good leg, a keen mind, and all-consuming hatred of Americans and Mexicans. In the late 1870’s and early 1880’s, this … Continue reading

Camp Grant Massacre: A Strange Epilogue

Chief Eskiminzin

Having read our stories about the Camp Grant Massacre and the trial of those Tucson citizens accused of this mass murder, you might find this brief follow-up note of interest. Following their acquittal, the leaders of the mob were rewarded with paying public positions. William Oury was elected city alderman; … Continue reading

Ghost Town Cemeteries in Southern Arizona

Monument Atop Poston Butte Near Florence, AZ.

I love to wander around old cemeteries. They give us a sense of place. Many memories are hidden there, many stories to be told. Isn’t the cliche, “If only the dead could talk”? Old cemeteries go hand in hand with Ghost Towns. Sometimes the Ghost Town is completely gone, no … Continue reading