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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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

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

The Fox! A Historical Perspective

The Fox Theatre is one of the cornerstones of Tucson’s downtown, the Historic Rialto and the Hotel Congress being two important others. Through the valiant efforts of some foresighted people, these historical treasures were saved for future generations. The Fox Theatre, a non profit venture, hosts music, movies, comedy and other … Continue reading

A Day In Santa Cruz County

Harshaw Township Sign

Santa Cruz County is still sparsely populated and remains an excellent destination for bird and wildlife photographers, hikers, ghost town hunters, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

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Walk the Turquoise Trail

mural on wall of Presidio San Agustin de Tucson

Many long time Tucsonan’s have not heard of the Turquoise Trail in downtown Tucson where you can explore Tucson’s historical landmarks on a self-guided walking tour. The 2.5-mile trail takes you to 23 sites, including Hotel Congress, Armory Park, the Pima County Courthouse, and Fox Tucson Theatre. A turquoise-colored line … Continue reading