Islands in the Desert: A History of the Uplands of by John P. Wilson

By John P. Wilson

Seen from the air, the plains of southeastern Arizona seem to be dotted by way of a chain of islands within the wasteland. those mountain levels, none longer than thirty miles and few greater than 9,000 toes, have witnessed non-stop profession for over 11,000 years. The human historical past of those upland components from the 1530s to the Nineteen Thirties is engagingly advised during this quantity. The barren region and mountain levels of southeastern Arizona are associated with a few pivotal old occasions: Coronado's look for the fabled wealth of Cibola; the raids by means of Chiricahua Indians led by way of Cochise and Geronimo; the possible never-ending cycle of mining booms and busts that ended in fortunes made and misplaced; and border clashes in the course of the Mexican Revolution. these types of usual occasions are instructed in regards to clean info. moreover, this publication deals a heritage of the upland sector situated on regulate and use of the land, together with chapters on mining, logging, ranching, farming, and tourism.

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Rucker post records and the recently completed Rucker Canyon Archeological District National Register nomination, proved to be rich sources of information. Elsewhere in the Tucson area I used the ephemera files and Frederick Winn Collection at the Arizona Historical Society; the Faraway Ranch Papers at the National Park Service's Western Archeological and Conservation Center; and many journals, theses, and early twentieth-century promotional periodicals at the University of Arizona library. The Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Library made available elusive geological titles, including James B.

1873 Sierra Bonita Cattle Co. is founded. Page xxiii 1875 Placer gold is discovered at Greaterville; a mining boom develops. 1876 The Chiricahua Apache Reservation is terminated in June, and the Indians are transferred to San Carlos; Geronimo flees instead. 1877 Silver is discovered at Tombstone; a major mining boom begins there in 1878; the first copper mine is located at Bisbee; Fort Huachuca is established. 1878 The first steam-powered circular sawmill is established in the Huachuca Mountains; Camp Supply, renamed Camp John A.

De la Peñascosa," meaning a very rugged range, remained in use; a Spanish map from 1780 shows it clearly. One hundred years later, a Hispanic resident still claimed that "the northern part of the Sierra del Dragón is thus called, and on account of a Mexican dragoon who died there," while the southern part bore the name Sierra Peñascosa. 15 Since the late 1860s, maps have labeled the entire range the Dragoon Mountains. The Dragoon Springs stage station and Cochise Stronghold, two prominent landmarks in western American history, lie near the northern end of these mountains.

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