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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Murdered On The Streets Of Tombstone by Joyce Aros

Murdered On The Streets Of Tombstone

In early November 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting in the master bedroom of the main house of the Empire Ranch across from author Joyce Aros. It was the Annual Fall Roundup fundraiser and we were both at the authors’ table to sell our respective books: Murdered on the … Continue reading

The Curious Case Of Mickey Free

Mickey Free and Scouts

(Editor’s note: A few weeks ago, Tim Simmons, one of our readers wrote to ask if we would write about Mickey Free. Mr. Simmons explained that Mickey was a Mexican fighting alongside the White Mountain Apaches against other Apaches for the Americans. We thought that was certainly unusual and that … 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

Arizona Grants Women’s Suffrage as it Becomes the 48th State

November 5, 1912 Despite some claims that Arizona was the first state to grant women’s suffrage, this is a mistake. The Arizona Constitution included women’s suffrage when it was ratified and Arizona became the 48th state admitted to the Union in 1912. However, several other states had already granted women … Continue reading