March 23, 2014

Wilcox, Fort Bowie National Historic Site


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Statue of Rex Allen, the "Arizona Cowboy" in Willcox, Arizona

Willcox was the home town of the "Arizona Cowboy", Rex Allen, perhaps best known as a narrator for Disney wildlife films and other productions. His pleasant voice and easygoing western accent were familiar to many who never knew his name.

Willcox, Arizona

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Downtown Willcox

Bypassed by the interstate highway, Willcox remains much as it was when the railroad provided its livelihood.

Willcox, Arizona

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Willcox depot and a Union Pacific train

While I was shooting this panorama of the old railroad depot in Willcox a 114-car long train rumbled slowly by.

Willcox, Arizona

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Foundations of the Butterfield Stage station at Apache Pass

Foundations mark the site of the Butterfield Stage resupply station at Apache Pass.

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Apache Pass cemetery

A lonesome cemetery, mostly for soldiers killed in nineteenth century conflicts with Apache Indians.

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Apache wickiup near Apache Pass

A recreation of thatched conical Apache wicki-ups and simple shade shelters near the spring in Apache Pass.

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Ruins of the sutlers store at Fort Bowie

The sutlers store was a privately owned retail shop vital to the soldiers stationed at Fort Bowie.

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Foundations of the once grand commanding officer's house at Fort Bowie

An imposing building once stood here, the official residence for Fort Bowie's commanding officer.

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Cavalry barracks at historic Fort Bowie

The largest building at Fort Bowie is the long adobe brick building where the soldiers lived.

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Barracks at the edge of the Fort Bowie parade ground

The barracks for lower ranks flanked one side of the parade ground, opposite the officers quarters.

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Hardly anything remains at the original site of Fort Bowie

There was briefly a temporary fortification here, the first attempt to control the strategic pass and spring.

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Apache Pass Spring

This reliable source of water was of utmost importance to the Apache people of this very dry region. The Butterfield Stage line crossed the mountains here because of the spring, and finally the cavalry built a post right next to it to control the entire area.

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Fort Bowie trailhead

One of the best things about Fort Bowie is that the historic site is not on a highway or in any sort of town, it can only reached by hiking up the gentle grade past the spring to the pass, the way that Indians, the stagecoach, and the cavalry would have approached it.

Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona

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coordinates: 32.1566 N -109.4529 W
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