Fort Bowie, Chiricahaua, Tombstone

Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Today was a site-seeing extravaganza!  I began the day by driving 18 miles to Steins Ghost Town.  It was eerie because that early in the day there were no people and it was very windy in this ghost town.

Next I drove to Fort Bowie National Historic Site in Arizona.  Of all the days in the summer in Arizona it just happened to rain today.  I bet it won't rain another day this entire month here.  And on top of that, of all the national sites I have ever been to, this one was the first that you can't drive up to.  I had to take a 3 mile roundtrip hike up and around a mountain in the pouring rain to reach this site.  I guess this kind of hike was better in pouring and rain and icy wind rather than a hot summer day.  And it never let up.  It rained every second of the day.

In the early 1860's many emigrants, soldiers, prosperctors passed through this area that was the home to Apache Indians.  The Butterfield Overland Mail route also passed through this area.  Following the Battle of Apache Pass here, the fort was built.

Along my hike I passed a cemetary from the 1860's, the site of the Battle of Apache Pass and the ruins of Fort Bowie.

Following my hike in the icy wind and rain I had to brave the gravel roads in my car en route to Chiricahua National Monument.  This site had amazing rock formations and rock pinnacles that were created when Turkey Creek Volcano exploded 27 million years ago.  Unfortunatley, the terrible weather today made it difficult to see much of anything.  I drove to the summit and enormous storm clouds rolled in and covered me on top of the mountain making visibility relatively impossible.  However, I still went on a mile hike into Echo Canyon and saw incredible rock formations that were close enough for me to view.

At 4PM I drove to the city of Tombstone in Arizona.  The city is very commercial now, but still did a nice job showing Tombstone's original 1880's buildings and artifacts.  The city is most famous for Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp and the shootout at the OK Corral.  As I walked around the city I viewed the OK Corral, Tombstone Epitaph newspaper printer, Tombstone courthouse and the Bid Cage.

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