Small problem on railroad in Naco

Doing research on the three big floods that hit Bisbee in 1908, came across a minor item about a dust-up on a passenger train in Naco, Sonora, and, of course, as one thing tends to lead to another . . . .

Trouble at NacoThere was trouble in Naco, the Bisbee Daily Review reported in its Aug. 5, 1908 issue, as a conductor on the Yaqui River railroad put a troublemaker off the train and was arrested by a local cop for his effort.

Datelined the prior day, the story said that Victor Bennett, “a well-known passenger conductor” on the road, the full name of which was the Cananea, Yaqui River and
Pacific Railroad, was arrested by a Mexican police officer for putting a Mexican passenger, who refused to pay his fare, off the train.

“For a while there was much excitement over the arrest and it required the conciliatory efforts of Superintendent H.J. Temple of the Yaqui River railroad to keep Conductor
Bennett out of jail.” (more…)

Bisbee’s hills with two names

Folks on the Lavender Jeep Tour often ask about location names, and I've been surprised at how many times I've had to say "this" or "that." Seems especially that the hills around Bisbee have two names. Some have evolved over time and some are the differences between what local say and what USGS topographic maps record.

Gold Hill, or Geronimo

Gold Hill, or Geronimo

Gold Hill / Geronimo

Interestingly, all of the hills that are on this topic can be seen from High Road. At the greatest distance is the one officially called Gold Hill, and from which emanates Gold Gulch. (Where many folks have panned a bit of gold.) Even on topo maps going back to 1902, it was known as Gold Hill, but when I was growing up, it was called Geronimo. Other natives know it by the same name, but no one seems to know why.

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Start of Charleston Dam idea?

For as long as I can remember, I have heard of the Charleston Dam project, once apparently considered a part of what would become the Central Arizona Project.

The CAP, of course, is in full swing today, providing water from the Colorado River, through a series of canals, to Phoenix and Tucson, and perhaps soon to the Green Valley area courtesy of the aborning Rosemont mine.

Crops cartoon

The Review ran this cartoon during the time it was promoting participating in the work to get federal money for watering the San Pedro River Valley.

The Charleston Dam, which was to be located somewhere near the erstwhile Wild West town of Charleston on the San Pedro River, was designed to capture water before it wended its way to the Gila River and thence on to the Colorado. (more…)