The old west has a rich history
.... of Ghost Towns. We would like to introduce you to the ones that reside in
Cochise County, Arizona. Located in Southeast Arizona .... the heart of the
Chiricahua Apache homeland, the people that populated these towns were as diverse as the
lands they lived in.
The actual "Ghost Town Trail" consists of the
towns of Pearce, Courtland and Gleeson. However, we have included any and all
information that we have found for any ghost towns that were located in Cochise County.
Arizona has a rich mineral history and mines abounded here, some successful and others
just holes in the ground. The miners were so taken with obtaining the minerals that
they found that they would do anything to obtain them, even to losing there lives.
Some of the towns listed here are not technically
"ghost towns" but they almost were at one time or another, mainly due to the
closure of the mines in the areas, which is why much of Arizona was settled.
The Overland Stage Route once spanned 2,525 miles from
Tipton, Mo., to San Francisco. The 432 mile Arizona section had 18 stops that were
from 17 to 45 miles apart. The stages averaged about five miles an hour on the trip,
with two stages making the run each way weekly. The most northern part of the
Arizona line was at Maricopa Wells and the trail left Arizona to the west of Yuma.
The line was operated by young men. The 1860
census of the Territory of New Mexico, County of Arizona, showed most drivers, mail agents
and conductors were in their 30's, only a few were older. Horses and occasionally
mules were used to pull the stages. In the operation of the mail, 111 Americans and
57 Mexicans met violent deaths in sending the mail and passengers through. The line
closed with the outbreak of the Civil War. The route ran through secessionist
territory and schedules were cancelled.
Old Pearce Store - Pearce, Arizona
Your key to the area and its history
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