Category Archives: Arizona

The Aztec Cattle Company & the Hashknife Outfit – Legends of America

In 1884, the Aztec Land and Cattle Company of Boston began operations in Arizona with its headquarters situated across the Little Colorado River from the site of Saint Joseph (now Joseph City.)

The third-largest cattle company in North America, the organization was better known as the Hashknife Outfit because their brand resembled the old hash knives used by chuckwagon cooks. The next year, the Aztec Company transferred its headquarters to Holbrook, Arizona and in 1886, they purchased one million acres of former railroad land from the Atlantic and Pacific for 50 cents an acre. The ranch claimed a range that stretched some  650 miles, from the New Mexico border to just south of Flagstaff.

The company then bought the Hashknife brand and some 33,000 head of cattle and 2,000 horses from the Continental Cattle Company in Texas, which was going broke because of drought. When the stock arrived by rail, they were let off the train at stops all across northern Arizona. Along with the cattle and the brand, also came a number of original Hashknife cowboys.

Source: The Aztec Cattle Company & the Hashknife Outfit – Legends of America

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Land Special of the Week Parcel L1A Carrow

Update : Sold!

1+ acre piece of desert beauty where the Mohave desert meets blue Sonoran skies.

Lush desert vegetation: Joshua trees, Palo Christie, beavertail, hedgehog, and a plethora of wildflowers.

Starry starry nights. Basic dirt driveway, ready for your RV or off grid home. Stunning views in all directions.

Milky Way nights, and gorgeous Spring wildflowers. Close to miles and miles of Federal Lands not only on all four sides of this subdivision, but nearby too are thousands of acres for all your off road adventures. Peace and quiet, just what the doctor ordered.

Pretty, affordable, and just waiting for you. Don’t miss this value!

Owner/Broker (I know, those darn brokers,  really I’m one of the good guys,) and it is a great price.

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Arizona History – May 12

Tuesday, May 12

On this date in 1886, fire destroyed the Grand Central pumphouse in Tombstone, causing the mines to flood and shutting down all mining operations.

On this date in 1887, the Tombstone Epitaph reported that a volcano had erupted in the Dragoon Mountains following an earthquake. On this date in 1897, Ed Schiefflin, discoverer of the Tombstone silver mines, died.

On this date in 1913, Herbert Brown, who had come to Arizona in 1873, engaged in lumbering in the Santa Rita Mountains and in the mercantile business in Tucson, died. Brown was the owner of the Tucson Citizen and the Tucson Post newspapers and in 1902 was appointed warden of the Yuma Prison, and operated the Gondolfo Hotel there.

On this date in 1924, Evan Mecham, the first governor in Arizona to be impeached, was born in Duchesne, Utah.

Source: Arizona History May 10-16 | Arizona News | US News

Arizona History – May 11

Monday, May 11

On this date in 1889, a band of masked men ambushed Maj. J.W. Wham and his military escort carrying a $26,000 army payroll to Fort Thomas. The payroll was stolen and eight soldiers were wounded.

On this date in 1910, the Maricopa-Phoenix train was held up about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from Maricopa. Two bandits relieved all the passengers of their valuables and one passenger was struck over the head with a revolver.

On this date in 1910, work began on the north-south territorial highway out of Prescott.

On this date in 1934, Tucson’s first city hall building, which was built in 1881, was destroyed by fire.

Source: Arizona History May 10-16 | Arizona News | US News

Arizona History – May 10

Events in Arizona history in the week of May 10-16 included a fire that destroyed Tucson’s first city hall building in 1881 and the authorization of the Salt River Project by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1903.

SUNDAY, MAY 10

On this date in 1863, the Pioneer Mining District on Lynx Creek was formed after five members of the party led by Cap. Joseph Walker discovered gold along Lynx Creek.

On this date in 1872, the Tully-Ochoa wagon train was attacked in Canyon del Oro by 300 Indians. Five men were killed and many more wounded, mules were stolen and the wagons burned.

On this date in 1913, the town of Miami was barely saved from total disaster when a fire — started in the Arizona Eastern freight depot — destroyed the station, a warehouse and several freight cars, and damaged hotels and residences in the area.

On this date in 1928, the University of Arizona Dean of Women decided that women must wear stockings, and could not appear on campus in abbreviated costumes.

Source: Arizona History May 10-16 | Arizona News | US News

Spring Colorado River Runoff Low Since April

A dry April caused the expected spring-summer runoff into Lake Powell to plunge dramatically, with the water-flow forecast down the Colorado River declining as much in one month as Tucson Water customers use in 10 years.

May’s monthly runoff prediction for the April-through-July period was 65% of average, or 4.6 million acre-feet. That’s 1 million acre-feet less than the April forecast predicted. Tucson Water customers typically use close to 100,000 acre-feet a year. While low runoff this year is highly unlikely to trigger the river’s first major shortage as soon as 2021, it raises the possibility of one in 2022.

A shortage would fall particularly hard on Central Arizona farmers. Flows of water into Powell that would be low enough to cause a shortage in 2022 are likely to occur about 10% of the time, said the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s most recent study of its reservoir operations, published in mid-April.

Source: Expected spring runoff into Colorado River plunges after dry April | Arizona and Regional News | tucson.com

Land Special of the Week 2838 Red Cloud Drive

Gorgeous Parcel in Stagecoach Trails. Value priced at just $17,000. (Update: Pending sale 5/16/2020)

Lush vegetation including Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, Barrel Cactus, and loads of wildflowers. Dark skies for astronomical pleasure, and excellent mountain views! Hualapai, Mohave, Black Mountains – lovely views.

Surveyed, staked. 100% Water & mineral rights. No flood zone, very usable property.

Nice! Get to where you’ve always wanted to be – the beautiful high desert of Northwest Arizona. Big 39.87 acres .

Near to 840 acres of State of Arizona Trust land. Private, yet has easy access to main roads. Owner may finance with decent down payment, everything is handled by the Title Company, so it’s never been easier!

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Land Special of the Week – 2694 Rimrock Drive

Excellent 40 acre parcel in exclusive homes only part of Stagecoach Trails. Right up close to the Hualapai mountains for extreme big views, and cooler summer temps. 3,000 ft elevation. Clear milky way nights, and endless views of the valley, Mohave & Black Mountain ranges, even Flattop. $59,900

Loaded with high desert vegetation: Joshua Trees, Ocotillo, Cholla, Juniper, and a million wildflowers. The perfect spot for a self sufficient home.

Located in the homes only part of Stagecoach Trails, there are already several nice homes in the neighborhood.

Surveyed, staked, corners marked. 100% water & mineral rights. Easy access via County Maintained Alamo Rd, and then a short distance to paradise on bladed roads, including historic La Cienega Ranch Rd.  Away from it all, but a stress free ride to Kingman, Lake Havasu City, or river fun.

Need space? Here it is with some of the most stunning scenery in all of the world, perfect for all of your outdoor adventures & lifestyle.

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