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Feb 12, 2017 - The Fort

Initially friendly with the settlers, prospectors and soldiers, things fell apart after an ambush and the Bascom Affair. (A band of Indians raided a ranch, stole some cattle and kidnapped an 8-year-old boy. Authorities mistakenly blamed Cochise for the raid, which led to the beginning of hostilities that were to last for 11 years. Fort Bowie was built to protect Apache Pass and the spring, an important source of water. Fort Bowie was key to the military campaigns against hostile Chiricahua Apaches led first by Cochise and later by Geronimo....

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Jan 25, 2012 - Fort Bowie National Historic Site

What a gorgeous morning today – not a cloud in the sky, clear and yet the temps still remind us we are in the high desert with the morning chill in the air! We were underway a bit earlier than the usual outing knowing we had a longer drive to reach Fort Bowie National Historic Site. We opted to take the route through Tombstone and then on some dirt roads to reach the road to Fort Bowie – and Jerry was in heaven! We drove through the gorgeous Dragoon Mountains and it seemed each turn in the road brought about more spectacular sites. We...

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Apr 19, 2010 - Desert wildflowers up to Fort Bowie

Many of these flowers are very small - from 1/4 to 3/4" across. I've tried to identify them from my Southeast States Audubon book, but haven't been totally successful - some of my photos are better than theirs, which are quite small. And there were others I didn't get good photos of - tiny rattlesnake weed with flowers smaller than 1/4", a purple wild bee-balm, etc. After we left the park we drove across the border into New Mexico, making a quick stop to take photos of a little ghost town called Steins at the border. We spent the night at...

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Mar 9, 2008 - Fort Bowie, Arizona

After staying at the Chiricahuas for a few days, we drove the 20 miles, 8 of them on a dirt road, to Fort Bowie National Historic Site. We tried to get out there last month but our start was too late in the day. This time we started late morning and had a great hike, visit to the old fort and visitors center. Most of the military in the cemetary were relocated to San Francisco when the Post was closed. Some military, lots of family and a few Apache Indians remain buried. Included among the buried is Geronimo's 2 year old son who died soon...

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Mar 26, 2006 - Chiricahua National Monument, AZ

What a beautful weekend we had here in Arizona! Chrissy and I took advantage of the perfect weather and went camping in Chiricahua National Monument. This is where we had planned to go a few weeks ago, but we held off because the weather was so bad. On our way to Chiricahua, we stopped at the "tourist trap" of Tombstone. We didn't stay too long, and instead made our way down to Bisbee. Bisbee is kind of a hippee/artsy town that is in the middle of nowhere, but used to be a huge copper mining town. Lots of cute shops and places to eat...we...

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