On a cold December day in 1883, five men robbed the Goldwater & Casteneda Store on Main Street that substituted for Bisbee’s only bank. They did so believing that the mining company’s payroll was locked inside the store’s safe. What started as a quick and easy robbery ended in the death of almost a dozen people.
The robbers quickly discovered a problem. The mine’s payroll had not yet arrived. Foolishly, the five robbers stuck around to steal what they could from the store, its owners, and customers. This took time. Time they did not have.
This is the story of the founding of the Historic Empire Ranch by historian Alison Bunting. The Empire Ranch, established in 1876, is located on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA), north of present-day Sonoita. In its 144-year history, it became one of the largest cattle ranches in southeastern Arizona …Continue reading
Warren Earp was killed July 6, 1900. This article appeared in the Arizona Range News, July 11, 1900. The Headquarter Saloon was located on Railroad Avenue where the Birds and Barrels Tasting Room is currently located. Warren Baxter Earp is buried in the Historic Willcox Pioneer Cemetery off North 3rd …Continue reading
Unlike the many images we have of Geronimo today, no photograph of Cochise exists. We only know what he looked like from contemporary written accounts; mostly American and Mexican. These we owe to the very few people of European descent who lived to tell about their close encounter with the …Continue reading
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
It was a Sunday in mid-September when Ms. Karen and I left our home in the Tucson Mountains to travel to the Cochise Hotel to visit with the proprietor, Phil Gessert. We arrived at noon and Phil was sitting on the front porch waiting for us. The Cochise Hotel is …Continue reading
Part II – This is the second in a series on the great Chiricahua Chief, Cochise, and his part in the fascinating history of Southern Arizona. For the First Part in the series, Please see the post on Cochise Becomes a “Reservation Indian”. Confederate Soldiers Occupy Tucson In February 1862, …Continue reading
Part I – This is the first of a series on the great Chiricahua Apache chief, Cochise, and his part in the fascinating history of Southern Arizona. Click here for some background: A timeline of the Apache Wars and the most notable leaders of both sides of the conflict. Chiricahua …Continue reading
In the late 1870s, to engineer the official Indian policy of “concentration”, the United States government forced Victorio and his band of Warm Springs Chiricahua Apaches to move from the land they held sacred in New Mexico to the dreaded San Carlos Reservation about 35 miles east of Globe, AZ …Continue reading
William C. Greene was born in Wisconsin in 1852 (or maybe 53). Greene spent his most productive years in Sonora, Mexico. However, we can reasonably conclude that, between 1890 and 1910, he was one of the richest and most influential men in Cochise County, Arizona Territory. Most folks referred to …Continue reading