Friday, February 28, 2014

The Not-So Famous Buried At Boothill

Van Houten, Murdered, 1879
He was beaten in the face with a stone until he died.  Trouble was over his mining claim, which he had not recorded.

James Hickey, 1881, Shot by William Clayborne
He was shot in the left temple by Clayborne for his over-insistence that they drink together.

Chas Helm, shot, 1882
Shot by William McCauley.  Two hot-tempered ranchers who disagreed over the best way to drive cattle, fast or slow.

Jos Wetsell, killed, 1882
He was stoned to death by Apaches.  His friends were not far away, and it was thought the Indians wanted to avoid attracting their attention by shooting him.
Freddie Fuss (behind Wetsell), 1882
A small boy who died from drinking stagnant or poison mine water.

John Heath
Taken from county jail and lynched by Bisbee mob, February 22, 1884.  He was called the leader of the five men who were legally hanged and was said to have planned the robbery.  He was hanged from a telegraph pole a short distance west of the Court House.

Mrs. Stump, 1884
She died in childbirth from an overdose of chloroform given to her by the doctor.  (This information given by her family.)

Kansas Kid
A cowboy killed in a stampede.

Six-Shooter Jim, shot by Burt Alvord, 1885

Dutch Annie, 1883
Sometimes called Queen of the Red Light District.
*Note:  The information came from the Boothill Grave Yard brochure.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Famous Buried At Boothill

Frank Bowles, 1880
His horse became frightened and threw him off.  This caused a rifle to discharge and badly injure his knee.  He lay in camp for several weeks without medical attention and when friends took him to a doctor for amputation it was too late. (This information was given by his daughter.)

Tom and Frank McLaury
Casualties of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881 between the Earps, Doc Holliday and the cowboys.

The third casualty of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881.  He was only 19 years of age.

He and several other men were ambushed on a cattle drive by Mexicans.  He was killed.  His remains were moved a year after his death and buried next to his son Billy.

William Clayborne, 1882
Shot by Frank Leslie in front of the Oriental Saloon trying to settle a wrong.

Lester Moore
He was a Wells Fargo agent at Naco and had a dispute with a man over a package.
(Information from an old resident.)

Born in China and buried in Boothill in 1906.  She had great influence among the Chinese residents here.  Some believed she had Tong affiliation in China.

Other famous buried there:

She was stabbed by Gold Dollar.  Two dance hall girls quarreling over a man.  Gold Dollar stabbed Margarita in the heart with a stiletto.

Marshal Fred White
He was shot by Curly Bill Brocius in 1880.
He was accidentally shot as he started to take Curly Bill's gun.  This took place on the lot where the Bird Cage Theatre now stands.

Note:  Most of the information was from the Boothill Grave Yard brochure.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Holy Trinity Monastery

In the small community of St. David, AZ and along the highway is the serene place known as the Holy Trinity Monastery.  A massive cross stands near the parking lot and a short distance up the hill is the Meditation Garden.  You get a calming feeling walking around grounds where you will find gardens and a pond with fish swimming about.  The adobe Monastery greets you with a large arbor in front and a beautiful garden and fountain.  Inside the building it is peaceful and simply gorgeous.  To the right of the building is a small cemetery and the Trinity Bird Sanctuary.

On September 3, 1974, after Bishop Francis J. Green put in a request for a Christian renewal center somewhere in Cochise County, the group chose a 92 acres parcel of land in St. David to build the Monastery.  They broke ground on December 12, 1974 and Bishop Green was there for the occasion.  He was there again at the dedication on June 14, 1981.  The Monastery is the center of the grounds, with more gardens and other places constantly being constructed around it even today.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The "Thing" and It's Oddities

I talked about "The Thing"? in previous posts, but now I can say I finally know what it is.  Along Interstate 10 on the way towards Benson from Tucson, the highway is riddled with signs that say, "The Thing?".  It is a gimmick that works and gets people wondering what it is and to stop to take a gander.  It is a gas station, souvenir shop with a Dairy Queen attached.  You can find all kinds of Arizona novelties, shirts, jewelry, and gifts for friends and family.  To see The Thing, you pay a buck and walk through a metal door and enter one of the three big metal sheds full on antiques and other odd items.

In the first shed is old cars, buggies and a simulation of a torture chamber.

The second shed had strange but interesting wood carvings along with antiques behind glass displays.

The last shed holds The Thing, more old buggies and wagons with more wood carvings.  What is The Thing?  Check it out...

I tried to get photos through the glass but the reflection was so bad.
I put my camera on the glass and took several different pictures and
pieced them together so you can see the mummy and her child.
In other words, The Thing.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Johnny Bones

While eating dinner at Big Nose Kate's Saloon in Tombstone, AZ, Sharon and I met this wonderful, quirky, minstrel named Johnny Bones.  We had a fun time talking with him and watching him entertain the crowd.  He told us he usually can be found somewhere along Allen Street playing bones and tambourines.  We finally ran into him after touring the Bird Cage Theatre.  Meet Johnny Bones...

If you ever get to Tombstone, say hi to Johnny and be sure to give him a tip.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Back to Tombstone and Bisbee

Sharon and I are on our way to Tombstone and then Bisbee.  We plan to make a few stops along the way.  I will be putting pictures here and on Facebook of this trip.  In Tombstone we will be walking the streets at night, and during the day, visiting the Bird Cage Theatre, OK Corral, and Boothill.  We even plan to take another old time picture.

I have been to Bisbee many times and stayed at the Copper Queen Hotel, twice.  Both times I stayed in room 401 with some friends, and both times we had paranormal experiences.  (Read my four part series of my second experience: part one, part two, part three, and part four.)  Sharon and I are staying two nights at the Copper Queen Hotel in a room on the third floor.  We plan to do a spooky night walk through Bisbee.  I hope I have lots to tell you.

Stay tuned.....