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In the 1850’s, Southern Arizona was undeveloped. Tucson was a small, dirty Mexican village with perhaps 300 poor souls. The Spanish abandoned their Presidio at Tubac because of relentless Apache attacks and had established El Presidio de Tucson in 1775. The Mexicans had taken over the fort following Mexico’s independence … Continue reading
Almost everything we “know” about the outlaw gunman Johnny Ringo is either factually inaccurate, unsubstantiated hearsay, or intentional embellishment by authors to sell their books and magazine articles. Here is what we know with a reasonable degree of certitude. We know he was born in Indiana in 1850 and died … Continue reading
I wanted to visit Southwestern New Mexico because it history is directly connected to that of Southern Arizona. No where is this connection more evident than the old town of Mesilla, New Mexico. At La Placita in Downtown Tucson is a gazebo and a historical plaque that says this is … Continue reading
May 2016. The Gila Cliff Dwellings are 44 miles and a two-hour drive north of Silver City, New Mexico. Why, you ask, would it take 2 hours to drive 44 miles? Well, the road is VERY narrow, and VERY curvy. It is also VERY scenic, and the Cliff Dwellings are … Continue reading
Fort Bayard very near Silver City, New Mexico was one of many forts established by the U.S. Army to subdue the Apaches who threatened both Anglo-American and Mexican-American settlers, their crops and their herds. To be more specific, Fort Bayard was created by Company B of the 125th U.S. Colored … Continue reading