From Gammons Gulch To Donkey Rescue!

Jay Gammon by old Car

Ms. Karen, Ms. Rosemary & I traveled an hour east of Tucson one pleasant November Sunday to Gammons Gulch, a Western movie town built by Jay & Joanne Gammons. Jay went to grade school in Tombstone where his father became Chief of Police in the 1950’s. During this period, Jay’s … Continue reading

Klondyke Arizona: (Almost) Ghost Town

Klondyke Arizona: Restored Cabin of Jeff Power.

Klondyke is a near-ghost town in western Graham County. In the second decade of the 21st century, the only roads out there are still unpaved. The Klondyke cemetery is just southeast of town. There you will find the graves of the Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Power and his family. Few know the sad story of these […]

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Tour Pearce AZ: A (Sometimes Lively) Ghost Town!

Ms. Karen feeds goats at Marcia's Garden

Southern Arizona Guide is leading a tour to the ghost town of Pearce, AZ the Saturday after Thanksgiving. On our travels we will enjoy wine tasting at Golden Rule Vineyards and lunch & libations at an Old West saloon in beautiful Texas Canyon. You are welcome to join us. ********************* … Continue reading

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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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

Cycling Oro Valley Is Incredible!

Cycling in Rancho Vistoso, Oro Valley, AZ

By John Westergaard, The Arizona Bicycle Association. Cycling writer John Westergaard of, the official media portal for The Arizona Bicycle Association contributed to this article. Jason “The Bike Bandit” Kirk, mountain bike guide for Tucson Bike Rentals and Guided Bike Tours also contributed to this story. ORO VALLEY, Arizona … Continue reading

Tombstone Steampunk Parade, September 5, 2015

Tombstone Steam Punk Parade

I thought it might be interesting to visit Tombstone on Labor Day Weekend and take in the Steampunk Parade, “Steampunk” being: a movement of people and things, powered by steam and set in the 1800’s. Think “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. I invited Neighbor Roy to join me. Our first … 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