Pearce, the people buried there and it’s history

Pearce, the people buried there and it’s history
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Pearce, the people buried there and it’s history

We drove through the desert in search of something interesting, not knowing we would find a great piece of American history! There was dry tumbleweeds on our left, inside a caged building.

This jail costed $615.45 cents to built in 1915! Talk about being cramped in small spaces!

Pearce is a historic town, found in 1894 by a cornishman named James Pearce who was a miner, a cattleman. He was the man who discovered gold near Pearce. Traveling to Pearce, you will only see a lot of dirt and rocks out there. What’s left of the town is the jail, mercantile / blacksmith shop, the post office and the cemetary. What is fascinating, is the people buried out in Pearce cemetary! Let’s go to the Post office

Directly across the mercantile building is the Post office
Established in 1896, at that time the store was named Soto Bro& Chatman, And Thomas Chatman was appointed as the postmaster.

This is an old photo of the general store along with the gas pump
Newly remodeled and up for sale, this building was named after Soto bro & Thomas Chatman, who was appointed as the postmaster.

Here are more photos of The buildings in Pearce, then we will check out cemetary.

Very old pic of Pearce in it’s heyday!
Right besides the mercantile building, I am thinking this was for the Blacksmith
Mining equipment for the mine, was named Fittsburg, about a mile east of Pearce.

Pearce was bought by a mining company, Commonwealth mine gold, silver project and was acquired in May 2015. Marlin gold mining LTD, a publicly traded mining company has mining projects in Mexico andCochise county, and currently Pierce Hill contains a measure of 984,900 in Gold. The project itself is costing 55 million to complete.

The sign still stands in Pearce
Yep, Abraham Lincoln had bodyguards, this one wasn’t the one who was supposed to protect him from John Wilkes Booth, who obviously sucked as a bodyguard!

His name was George H. Platt

Born 1832-died in 1900 at the age of 67-68, served as a member of Tombstone burnside post.Worked for Abraham Lincoln as his bodyguard!
The cemetary has confederate soldiers, pioneer settlers, farmers and is worth checking out on the U.S 191!

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The Christmas mine in Arizona

Off SR-77, near Hayden, Az & 8 miles North of Winkelman and 22 miles South of Globe.

It was back in the 1880’s, a man named Dennis O’Brien and William Tweed located the mine and sold their claims to Phelps Dodge afterward.The land belonged to the San Carlos Indian reservation back in 1902, so it could not be exploited.

Then the claim was staked by Christmas Day, that year by G.B. Chittenden and N.H.Mellor, who gave the mine its name “Christmas.” This mine had up to 1,000 by 1932, the post office lasted from 1905-1935 and it was sought after due to it’s name after people would send letters and postcards there over the holidays! Here is an old newspaper article discussing the tone of the mine camp.

They had no saloons or brothels at this camp, therefore, there really wasn’t any crimes there.

The Christmas mine received its electricity from the San Carlos Irrigation project via 66,000 volt trapped mission line nearby the main shaft.

The mine is known to have a high lime fluxing ore sold by the same mining lease inc. ThAt leased the property back in 1939. It’s main customer was the Hayden Smelter that used it to treat the Copper concentrate that was received by the nearby Ray mine.

Prior to the “panic of 1907” this was a financial crisis that took place here in the U.S during a three week period, when the New York stock exchange dropped 50% from the previous year, if it weren’t for J.P. Morgan putting his own money and telling other bankers to do so as well, this situation may have been much worse!Anyways, prior to this, the mine was operated by Saddle Mt. mining Co. Two years after the panic, it reopened by the Gila Copper Sulphide Co. Unfortanately the mine closed back in 1921.

Today, the property is owned by Freeport Mac Moran.

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Thompson Boyce Arboretum; a botanical heaven In the desert

Thompson Boyce Arboretum; a botanical heaven In the desert
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Thompson Boyce Arboretum; a botanical heaven In the desert

The “Suspension bridge”

For those who want a great scenic and very educational short trail, you must check out this place!!! Not only will you love the peace and tranquillity, but you will find species of cacti and plants, you have never seen before!while walking through the trail, you will come into a building that explains the man behind this place. A man with a great vision named Thompson Boyce!

Thompson Boyce was an American mining engineer, financier, a Prominent Republican, philanthropist and founder of Newmont mining.

Here is a statement from Mr. Boyce. “I have in mind far more than a botanical propagation.I hope to benefit the state & SW. A plant collection will be assembled will be of interest not only to the nature lover and the plant student but which will stress the practical side as well to see if we cannot make the mesas, hillsides and canyons for more productive and of more benefit to mankind. We will bring together and study the plants of the desert countries, find out their uses, and make them available to the people. It is a big job, but we will build here the most beautiful and at the same time, the most beautiful and at the same time, the most useful garden of its kind in the world!”

“The smith building built in 1926
A beautiful area, you can sit and listen to the fountain and drink coffee, while listening to birds singing
There are over 2600 species that grow here. And this walk is only 1.5 miles.
A cacti called Boo jum

This Arboretum is the best and one of the oldest botanical garden west of Mississippi and founded in 1924, standing on 392 acres along Queen creek, under the tall Picketpost Mt. off highway 60, 3 miles west of Superior.

Aloe Rubroviolacea- from the grass tree

As you go down the main trail, you will be astounded in the cactus garden and see some awesome and refreshing sites.

This small lake is so peaceful, there are benches all around where you can sit, take photos and relax!

The trail leads you to Thompson Boyce house.

His house stunning !!!!
A Riperian area is right below his house.
Gorgeous and bright trees are all around the Arboretum!
A place to sit on your way to the end of trail
An orange tree sits outside a very old home.
The suspension bridge leads across
When you head towards parking lot, you will see this Ramada.
Just amazing all around!
When you stand on the suspension bridge, this is view on it!
OThis is such a great place to bring your kids and family!

I highly recommend you coming here, it is absolutely amazing! There are over 5,000 members and it not only breathtakingly beautiful, but a great educational place!!! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to become a subscriber, to get great articles! Share, comment and write reviews! Thanks @

Ft. Verde, a great piece of Arizona’s history!

If your looking to take a nice trip to Camp Verde, try checking out Ft. Verde this December, we did and had a nice time there! Visitor center is open 9-5p.m, has a gift shop, displays and videos, parking is available for bus’s and R.V.’s, handicap accessible. Open Christmas Eve 8-2 P.M. Closed on Christmas!Adults are $7 bucks, kids under 14 are free!

The purpose of Ft.Verde was used as A base for General Crook’s U.S Army Scouts And soldiers in the 1870’s-1880’s. From 1865-1891, Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Ft.Verde was home to Doctors, family, enlisted men, and scouts. This park originally had a total of 22 buildings, but now has only 4.

This is a photo of the Commanding officers house back in the 1880’s
Here it is today, it has been very well preserved by people’s donations!
Each room in these buildings is a display of original furniture and signs that explain what these rooms are and who lived in the family, this was the commanding officers living room.
The buildings are all in a straight alignment and have Christmas candles in front of each , they are lit every night!
A group of civilians and soldiers use to hang out on the large porch of the bachelors quarters back then
The last house is the Dr.s house!
Inside the home of the Dr., shows the Dr. and his instruments that were used in that era.
A photo of the original Dr. who served at Ft.Verde.
All the different medicines used
An electrical device used to treat people with depression
The Dr. and his daughter in front of his headquarters.
Inside the bachelors room
Old device used to make saddles for the horses
Native Americans were each trained to become either, police or Indian scouts. They were employed by the Indian Bureau department.
Inside the Visitors centers you will see a lot of awesome photos and displays of Soldiers, Indian Scouts and Buffalo soldiers! It is definitely worth visiting if you want to check it out!

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Montezuma’s Castle National monument; a loop of information!

Montezuma’s Castle National monument; a loop of information!
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Montezuma’s Castle National monument; a loop of information!

A lot of questions arise, as you look at this magnificent structure! And this trail has all the answers on signs that make a 0.4 mile loop!

Nestled in the county of Yavapai, in the city named Camp verde, you will see a very large building on your way to the Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. A casino called Cliff Castle.

After you drive to the Parking lot, park and go in to pay the fee of $10 bucks to both Montezuma and Tuzigoot (you can read my article on Tuzigoot)this will cover up to seven days.

The trail leads you to the castle
All around are signs showing you what the ancient indigenous Sinagua ate, how the people adapted, and how well preserved this monument is preserved!
A painting of the Sinagua Indians , depicting there life by the verde river, farming, making baskets, pottery and the men going out to hunt meat.
Huge Sycamore trees are all around and many other plants!

To the left of the trail is the verde river and many different plants that are food and used as medical properties!

The verde river was beneficial to survive in this area for all indigenous tribes.
When you observe the castle, you will notice many of these alcoves, holes
These were formed by the wind and rain and served as temporary shelter or be used as storage!

As you walk through, you will also notice many small signs showing you all the plants that grow in this area. The people were smart and used earth’s natural resources as means to survive! Archaeologists believe the reason for building the castle so high up is so wild animals or other tribes could not get to them, The Castle has about 20 rooms with 20-30 people living there.

This small building has a diorama of what the castle looks like inside, the button does not work due to kids or just people in general messing with it.
Visitors use to be able to climb up ladders to look inside, but that all stopped. That’s why this diorama was made to get a close up view of the rooms and a glimpse into the life of these people.
Beautiful scenery all around inside this National park

So, you want to know more, you can always visit and learn more! Hours of operation are daily, 8-5 P.M. and this loop is only a 0.4 mile walk! So anyone can come visit it! You can read my article on the Tuzigoot and the Sinagua people as well!

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