Southeast Arizona Historical Markers

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Map of Southeast Arizona Historical Markers

Topics (click on a topic to jump to that section)
Old Dominion Mine | Fort Huachuca | Jerome | Kearney's Army of the West | Old Camp Grant | Old Fort Camp Bowie | San Bernardino Ranch | San Xavier del Bac Mission | Tombstone
Old Dominion Mine

Marker Topic: First Mines - 1873
Address: Beside Old Dominion slag pile between Miami and Globe; on Highway 60 and 70
County: Gila
Marker Text: Included in this historic copper mine are the Globe Ledge silver claims, discovered in 1873, the first to yield profitable ore in the Globe - Miami district. The Old Dominion included many other early claims. Production ceased in the 30s, due to subterranean flooding and the lowered price of copper.

Fort Huachuca

Marker Topic: Fort Huachuca
Address: Fort Huachuca Military Reservation
City: Fort Huachuca
County: Cochise
Marker Text: Founded in 1877, this cavalry outpost played a prominent role in subduing the last significant Indian group ranging free of reservation restraints: The Chiracahua Apache led by Geronimo. Fort Huachuca also served as headquarters for the Army's four all-Black regiments. The fort survives today as an active military installation.


Marker Topic: Jerome
Address: Jerome
City: Jerome
County: Yavapai
Marker Text: Jerome was one of the richest copper-producing areas in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The town and surrounding mining area illustrate the historic activities associated with copper production.
Kearney's Army of the West
Marker Topic: Kearney's Army of the West Cuts a New Road to California - 1846
Address: Along U.S. 70 Between Solomon and Bylas
County: Yavapai
Marker Text: In 1846 General Kearney's Army of the West, guided by Kit Carson, followed the Gila River from New Mexico to the occupation of California in the Mexican War, thus opening the southern snowfree route the Pacific Coast.
Old Camp Grant

Marker Topic: Old Camp Grant - 1858
Address: Mouth of Aravaipa Creek, on the San Pedro River Beside State Route 77 adjacent to Old Camp Grant
City: Old Camp Grant
County: Pinal
Marker Text: Established in 1858 as Camp Breckenridge. Important in protecting travelers crossing Southern Arizona. In 1871 near here occurred the Camp Grant Massacre, organized by Tucson residents to punish Apaches for raids. More than 100 natives, mostly women and children, were killed in a dawn raid.

Old Fort Camp Bowie

Marker Topic: Old Fort Camp Bowie - 1862
Address: Approximately 12 miles south of Bowie, beside Highway 86
City: Bowie
County: Cochise
Marker Text: Old Fort Camp Bowie, guardian of Apache Pass. Established 1862 following the battle of Apache Pass, largest conflict in Arizona Indian wars. Massed Apaches under Cochise and Mangas Coloradas were routed by howitzers fired by California volunteers attacked in the pass. Fort Bowie overlooked by spring for miles.

San Bernardino Ranch

Marker Topic: San Bernardino Ranch
Address: 17 miles east of Douglas
City: Douglas
County: Cochise
Marker Text: The center of a cattle ranching empire that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border, this ranch illustrates the continuity of Spanish and American cattle ranching in the Southwest. Until late in the 19th century, the San Bernardino Valley, a well-watered area occupying southern Arizona and northern Mexico, was not successful occupied by Europeans due to the threat of Apache attack; in 1884, however, John H. Slaughter, a Texas cattle rancher, leased a portion of the Mexican land grant and began the development of a ranch that would span up to 100,000 acres, supplying beef, fruits, and vegetables to the surrounding settlements and military posts.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Marker Topic: Mission San Xavier del Bac
Address: Nine miles south of Tucson
City: Tucson
Marker Text: Mission San Xavier del Bac is situated in the Santa Cruz Valley nine miles south of Tucson, Arizona. Framed in the warm browns of the surrounding hills and the violet shadows of more distant mountains, it rises, brilliantly white from the desert floor of dusty green mesquite and sage. The imposing dome and lofty towers, the rounded parapets and graceful spires etched against the vivid blue complete a skyline with a graceful enchantment.

From the earliest times, the Tohono O'odham settlement in which the Mission is located was called Bac, "place where the water appears," because the Santa Cruz River, which ran underground for some distance, reappears on the surface nearby.

The celebrated Jesuit missionary and explorer, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, first visited Bac in 1692. Eight years later in 1700, Father Kino laid the foundations of the first church, some two miles north of the present site of the Mission. He named it San Xavier in honor of his chosen patron, St. Francis Xavier, the illustrious Jesuit "Apostle of the Indies."

In 1768, Fray Francisco Hermengildo Garces, a man of outstanding personality and prodigious accomplishments among all missionaries in Arizona, established his headquarters at San Xavier. From here this Franciscan Friar set forth on his many missionary explorations.

The present church was built from 1783 - 1797 by the Franciscan Fathers Juan Bautista Velderrain and Juan Bautista Llorenz. Little is known about the actual labor of the construction of the church, who was the architect, who were the artisans, but many believe it was the Tohono O'odham who fufilled these roles. Why the one tower was never completed is still a mystery, but hopefully one day this question will be answered.

San Xavier Mission is acclaimed by many to be the finest example of mission architecture in the United States. It is a graceful blend of Moorish, Byzantine and late Mexican Renaissance architecture, yet the blending is so complete it is hard to tell where one type begins and another ends.

After more than two hundred years, the Franciscan Friars are still here serving the needs of the faithful. San Xavier del Bac Mission is a fully functioning parish church within the Diocese of Tucson. It is a church that primarily serves the Tohono O'odham, but is open to all.


Marker Topic: Tombstone
Address: U.S. 80
City: Tombstone
County: Cochise
Marker Text: Tombstone is one of the best preserved specimens of the rugged frontier town of the 1870s and '80s. Site of one of the West's richest silver strikes and the "gunfight at the OK Corral," Tombstone epitomizes the legendary reputation of the "Wild West" and lawlessness of the 19th century mining camps.

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