Friday, January 30, 2015

Apache Peace Treaty with Cochise

The marker near the Cochise Peace Treaty site.

Cochise was an Apache chief of the Chiricahua Apache tribe.  He headed a rebellion which started in 1861, and after several battles, he and his men were forced to hideout in the Dragoon Mountains.  They use the large boulders as concealment to assault white communities and travelers.  Cochise was able to elude being caught and continued his rampage until 1872 when a treaty was agreed upon.   On October 12, 1872, a treaty was signed by General Oliver O. Howard and Cochise with the assistance of Tom Jeffords, Cochise’s only white friend.

After the agreement was sanctioned, Cochise lived out his years on a new reservation where he died in 1874.  He was buried in an undisclosed location in the Arizona Dragoon Mountains in the area known as “Cochise Stronghold”.

For more on the history of Cochise and what lead up to the battle, check out these sites:

Council Rocks - Dragoon, AZ

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nighttime at Big Nose Kate's Saloon

My post about the history of this place:

On my recent trip to Tombstone with Sharon and our friend Stu from New Jersey, we decided to have dinner at Big Nose Kate's Saloon.  Sharon and I shared appetizers, while Stu opted to have a meal.  We all had a beer or two and enjoyed the entertainment.  We even got into the feel of the place by interacting with the props.  We all had a wonderful time whooping and hollering at the Big Nose Kate's Saloon at night with the other cowboys and cowgirls.

Sharon got caught being naughty...

Stu and Sharon looking over the menu.

A couple of rowdy cowboys!!

Hey, who put this picture here?!!

Hanging above our table.

One of the many cowboys in the saloon that night.

The entertainment.  They were very good.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Battle at Picacho Peak

The battle was fought near this mound.

Picacho Peak

(From the Civil War website) “In February 1862, a band of Confederate Rangers under Capt. Sherod Hunter raised the Stars and Bars of Tucson, Arizona, and part of an effort to create an ocean-to-ocean Confederacy.  In order to thwart this move, a Union “Column from California” under Col. James H. Carleton set out across the lonely desert toward Tucson.  On April 15, Union cavalry under Lt. James Barrett met with Confederate Rangers near Picacho Peak, a rocky spire 50 miles northwest of Tucson.  Barrett was killed almost immediately and fierce combat continued for more than an hour before the Federals retreated.  Although the Rangers’ victory at Picacho Pass delayed the Union force, the following month Carleton’s Californian’s eventually took Tucson without firing a shot.”

Check out these websites for more details about this battle:

Facilities found at Picacho Peak State Park are hiking trails, a visitor center with exhibits and gift shop, historical markers, a campground, picnic areas, ramadas, grills, dump station, restrooms, and showers.  The group use areas, for day and overnight use, are available by reservation.
Park phone: (520) 466-3183
Reservations: (520) 586-2283

Visitor Center

Battle marker (from Wikipedia)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Boot Hill Graveyard Photography

I love taking photos inside a cemetery, especially an old western cemetery.  I was so excited when I visited the Boot Hill Graveyard in Tombstone, AZ and noticed that the sky was dark and cloudy.  This was the perfect backdrop for my photos.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vanished: The Slaughterhouse

July 2011
The Slaughterhouse

July 2011
The Barn
There once was a place in Casa Grande, AZ that the locals referred to as the Slaughterhouse.  There were many stories of the place being home where a man "entertained" many women, and butchered animals as well.  After the house became abandoned; graffiti was painted on the walls, the roof caved in throughout most of the house, the barn was where we found a puppy caucus, there were rumors of ghosts hanging around, and eventually a vagrant took the place over with his dogs to make the place his home.  Apparently, the man caused lots of problems and was finally ran off the premises.  When Sharon and I dropped by to check the place out and to show a friend, we were surprised to see that the house and barn were gone.  Vanished into thin air.  This marks the 7th or 8th place that Sharon and I have photographed and is now just a distant memory.

November 2012
Squatter has moved in and taken over.

January 2015
Where the barn once stood.

January 2015
Where the Slaughterhouse once stood.
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