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WICKENBURG
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This Publication is produced by the Wickenburg
Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization
funded by both the public sector and private sector
Copyright 2013-2014
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
216 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928)684-5479 / (800)942-5242
www.outwickenburgway.com
Cover Design by: Juan C. Jiménez / The Wickenburg Sun
Photos by: Juan C. Jiménez / The Wickenburg Sun; The Wickenburg Chamber Staff
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FULL SERVICE
55+ COMMUNITY
WICKENBURG, AZ
SINCE 1979
Arizona’s Most Unique
Senior Living Community
“Where your neighbors actually neigh”
Del McCoury Band
March 29, 2014
THE WEST VALLEY’S PREMIER
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Visit dewpac.org for a full schedule of events
The Tradition
Continues
Put some zest in your retirement!
www.myfathersretirementranch.com | 928-684-5925
Wickenburg’s Best, Most
Friendly Sandwich Shop
Since 2008
Wickenburg’s Oldest &
Finest Mexican Restaurant
Authentic Mexican Food made
Fresh Daily - Great Margaritas!
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
DAILY
SPECIALS
928-684-5777 • 57 N. Valentine St.
Right behind Wickenburg Theater
Open 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. • 7 Days a Week
Featuring:
Homemade Sandwiches,
Salads, Soups, Chili, Fresh
Bakery, Blended Smoothies,
Teas, Beer and Wine.
Gift Items
48 N. Tegner St.
Wickeburg, AZ
A Great Place
to Eat, Relax and Enjoy
with Family,
Friends or for That
Business Meeting
Fall / Winter Hours
7:30 - 4:00 M-F
Sat. 9:00 - 3:00
928-684-5539
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DOUBLE
WESTERN WORLD
Western apparel & accessories for the whole family.
A distinct selection of top quality jewelry & leather
goods, as well as fine art, rustic home furnishings and
custom decor. We’ll outfit you, your pets, and your
ranch! Arizona’s largest tack & feed store, with 24,000
square feet of truly unique shopping. Proudly serving
Wickenburg & beyond for over 25 years!
955 W. Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928)684-7987
Open 7 Days a Week
Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.doubledwickenburg.com
Don’t Miss Our
9th Annual Cowgirl Up!
Exhibition & Sale
March 21 - May 4, 2014
Upcoming exhibitions include:
Collecting the West: The Tia Collection
Nov. 2, 2013 – March 2, 2014
Myrna Harrison: Western Visions 1960 – 2013
Dec. 24, 2013 – March 2, 2014
ArizonA’s Most
Western MuseuM
Wickenburg’s West:
Adaptation, Reinvention, Transformation
November 23, 2013 – on-going
21 North Frontier Street • Wickenburg, AZ 85390 • 928-684-2272 • www.westernmuseum.org
Image: Frederic Remington, The Advance, Collection DCWM ©
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Page
Legends & Ghost Stories....................................................................................................................................4
Henry Wickenburg............................................................................................................................................6
Unique Shopping..............................................................................................................................................7
Annual Events.................................................................................................................................................11
Martin Family..................................................................................................................................................12
Del E. Webb for the Performing Arts................................................................................................................. 12
History of the Bola Tie.......................................................................................................................................12
Hassayampa River Preserve............................................................................................................................14
Golf Courses...................................................................................................................................................15
DC Story........................................................................................................................................................20
Accommodations.............................................................................................................................................21
Outdoor Adventures Guide...............................................................................................................................22
Guest Ranches...........................................................................................................................................23
Hikin’, Ridin’, Jeepin’ and Rodeo Action.............................................................................................................. 24
Things To Do & See In Wickenburg....................................................................................................................25
Rich in Lore & Romance..............................................................................................................................28-29
Desert Caballeros Western Museum.................................................................................................................30
Wickenburg History.........................................................................................................................................33
Drover Caboose/Stats......................................................................................................................................30
Legend of the Hassayampa..................................................................................................................................31
Since
1937
HOME STYLE COOKING
Steaks • Seafood • Mexican Food • Sandwiches • Soup & Salad Bar
SPECIALS
MON. - Filet Mignon or Spaghetti
TUES. - Yankee Pot Roast
WED. - Baby Back Ribs or Country Fried Steak
THURS. - Roast Pork / Dressing
FRI. - Cod Fish Fry or Shrimp
SAT. - Prime Rib or Fried Chicken
Old West Style Saloon
Shuffleboard in the Lounge
Located at the downtown traffic light
111 E. Wickenburg Way
(928)684-2492
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Open Sunday Seasonally
Wickenburg Legends
& Ghost Tours
Madame Mariah and Razin
Kane will delight you with
Tales of the White Coyote,
Butcher’s Block, The Legend of the Phantom Coach,
The Ghost of the Vernetts
Hotel, and many more.
This 90 minute stroll through
historic downtown Wickenburg will sure to entertain.
Meet guides Gloria and Scott just outside the
Chamber of Commerce office on Frontier Street.
Now available, our 6 seater Golfcart (Ghost Coaster) for those who are walking challenged.
By appointment only, day or night. Please call 360609-2280. Free for those under 10-Group rates
available.
www.wickenburgghosts.weebly.com
See us on facebook at wickenburg legends & Ghost Tours
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The Chamber has been home to a Visitor and Community Information Center since 1988, and
is recognized by the Arizona Office of Tourism, with signage directing the traveling public to
visit our office. Over 25,000 people come through each year for local and state information.
Chamber materials are distributed, along with member business cards and brochures. A digital
Kiosk with local information is also handy for visitors to access information. Our Information Specialist desk is equipped with a desk top computer to access additional information for
guests, including up to date road information.
THE OLD LIVERY MERCANTILE
Southwestern Gifts«Native American Jewelry«Artifacts
Our Big, Bright Store is Filled
with Southwestern Items
Our Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff Will Help You Make the Perfect Selection
Hundreds of New Items, Many Made in USA!
Authentic Native American Jewelry
Southwestern Pottery
Large Book Selection
Classic Cowboy and Western Music
Western Hats
Clothing for Men, Women, and Children
Rocks and Minerals
Open 7 Days A Week
Mon - Fri
9-5
Saturday
9-5
Sunday
10 - 4
12-4
Home Decor Items «New Framed Prints«
New Framed
Unique
CactusPrints
Inlaid Furniture
Greeting
Blankets and Rugs
Cards
Indian Dolls
and Postcards
too!
Candy and Sauces
Hot Sauces
Authorized Fenix Lights Dealer
, Kershaw
and SOGKnives
Knives
Victorinox and
Steep Mountain
The Best of the Southwest
104 North Tegner Street
Wickenburg, Arizona
Phone (928) 684-3298
We Ship Worldwide
Visit our Internet Store
www.oldlivery.com
Stop on in, pardner!
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Henry Wickenburg town founder
A German immigrant, Henry
Wickenburg was born in Essen,
Prussia, in 1819 and left Europe in
1847 to come to the United States. No
one knows exactly what he did after
arrival here, except that he spent some
time in California before coming to
Arizona either 1861 or 1862. After a
brief stint at Fort Yuma and then La
Paz, where he tried his hand at place
mining, Wickenburg move on to central Arizona; he eventually settled in
Peeples Valley, where he was living in
1863, the year he undertook his most
famous prospecting trip.
Hearing of golf prospects in the
Harquahala Mountains, Wickenburg
set out from his ranch with two other
men, E.A. Van Bibber and Theodore
Green Rusk, on a trip to the mountains. On their way back from the
Harquahalas, where they failed to discover anything of particular interest,
Wickenburg became interested in a
prominent white quartz ledge that protruded from a ridge of low mountains
just west of the Hassayampa River. His
companions did not share his enthusiasm for the location, however, and
the three men returned to their homes
without filing a claim.
Wickenburg, though, remained convinced that the ledge offered promise
as a gold mine location. Within the
month, he returned to the site alone,
this time finding rock samples that bore
evidence of gold. When he showed the
samples to his two erstwhile companions they agreed to return to the site
for another inspection. This time they
were impressed, and together they
filed a location notice for the mine
claim, which they called the Vulture.
Exactly how that name was applied
to the mine, and to the mountains at
whose base it was located, is shrouded in legend. According to one version, Wickenburg had seen a vulture
perched nearby while he was prospecting the area; according to another, he
shot and killed a vulture perched on
the quart ledge, and then discovered
the valuable ore samples when he
went to inspect his prey. Henry also
gave a version of his own story to one
newspaperman in 1897; “I always like
short names, and it just came into
my head to call it the Vulture. The
rock was very dark and it did not look
much like quartz.” Whether this is the
“true” version is impossible to verify;
Wickenburg appears to have related
several versions of the story himself –
or, at least, his listeners seem to have
heard what they wanted.
At any rate, neither Wickenburg nor
his companions did anything to develop the mine at first, despite their initial enthusiasm about the claim. Van
Bibber and Rusk actually left the area,
leaving Wickenburg alone and living
in very modest circumstances on the
banks of the Hassayampa River several
miles from the claim site. Eventually
even Wickenburg left, returning in
May 1864 to find the site deserted
and showing no evidence that any-
Henry Wickenburg Bronze
one had tried to work the claim. He
filed a second claim with four new
partners, and together they organized
the Wickenburg Mining District, registered their claim at Prescott, and
started development work on the
mine. After digging out a ton of ore,
which they laboriously hauled to the
Hassayampa River, Wickenburg and
his partners build an arrastra, or stone
ore-grinding stub, and began processing the rock. Their labors yielded a
promising amount of gold, although
like everything else having to do with
the Vulture Mine, exactly how much
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(928)684-5331
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Great horses for every rider. Delicious food, heated pool with
jacuzzi, lighted tennis courts, bird watching or just kick back and
relax.
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Season: November 1st to April 30th
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Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 684-2690 (888) 684-2650
www.flyingeranch.com
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Wickenburg Has Unique Shopping Opportunities
WICKENBURG has a variety of
unique businesses who offer a diversity of jewelry, arts and crafts, gifts
of western distinction, and custom
designed. On Frontier Street you’ll find
the Official Visitor’s Center inside
the historic Santa Fe Depot where
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
logo items and related merchandise is
on sale. Across the street is Double H
Custom Hats, where you’ll find a variety of custom hats, boots and art. Look
for the longhorn steer on the roof.
On north Tegner Street you’ll find
Copper State Cycles, with a selection of merchandise, clothing and fine
motorcycles. In the middle of the historic district on you’ll find these stores:
Ben’s Saddlery – Custom leatherworks, saddles, chaps, cowboy boots
& hats, books, full retail. Danny’s
Jewelry – Native American Jewelry,
custom jewelry created in gold, silver & turquoise. The Refried BeanMexican pottery, furniture, glassware,
women’s apparel and accessories.
Casa Ranchera – women’s apparel,
jewelry, purses, and accessories. Old
Livery Mercantile will delight you
with a wide range of southwestern
and western gifts, clothing, novelties,
books, CD’s, lamps, jewelry, and much
more. Sweet Somethings & What
Knots is a ladies boutique, where
you’ll find aprons, potpourri, purses,
nick knacks, jewelry, beads, clothing,
pj’s, and more. Riata Saddles &
Western Store carries a full line of
custom saddles, leather goods, cowboy
boots, purses, wallets, apparel, belts
& gifts. Johnson’s Dry Goods has
been located in the historic district for
over 70 years and generations of families have purchased western clothing,
jeans, boots, hats and children’s apparel. Nana’s Sandwich Saloon offers
unique gifts, prints, books, gourmet
coffee, and café menu food is located
on Tegner Street with a back entrance
available through pedestrian walkway
to museum. Next door is Rustic Barn,
furniture and retail store with western design artwork and accessories.
Ranch Dressings & Just for Kicks
is a retail store operated by the museum, offering unique gifts of western
distinction; located next to the museum
park, the entrance faces Tegner Street.
Las Senoras Store inside the Desert
Caballeros Western Museum on
Frontier Street offers a variety of books
on Arizona, merchandise, jewelry and
items for children. Just for Kicks
resale store is located south of the
traffic signal on Tegner, and offers
gently used merchandise. Just north
one block is the Frontier Center at
Tegner and Yavapai offering Bashas’
Grocery Store with deli, gifts, postcards, postage and pharmacy, and ACE
Hardware & Giftware, where you’ll
find a line of southwest gifts, cards,
small appliances, gardening décor, as
well as hardware items. One block
away is Johnson’s Lumber, merchandise includes small appliances, hardware and building supplies.
East of the stop light, you’ll find
Pottery B in Mecca Plaza, open on
weekends. Beautiful vases, bird feeders, card holders, mugs, and other pottery items from artist Brooke Walters.
In Heritage Square the following
stores include: MyBullfrog.com
a licensed retailer for Verizon. Cell
phones, services and accessories available. The Winter Range Gallery has
photographic art from westernphotographers.com and beautiful landscape
designs. Crissman’s Flower Barn,
offers beautiful floral creations, plants,
gifts, floral wire, and tuxedo rental services. Wickenburg Home Interiors
is a full service furniture store, com-
plete with new and consigned items
along with design services next door at
Reset Design. Across the street next
to Best Western Rancho Grande you’ll
find Miners Creek in the Riverview
Plaza next to Kwikprint. They offer
Mining supplies, maps and equipment.
Kwikprint offers office supplies, cards,
printing services, including selected art
supplies.
Two stores with gently used merchandise include the Soroptimist
Thrift Store, located west of downtown
near the underpass on Wickenburg
Way, with a variety of donated merchandise for resale; and the Habitat
for Humanity Re-Store a block west,
offering new & used building materials, furniture and more. Our community has several antique and collectible
stores, all very unique from each other.
And More Shopping……You’ll
also find stores just a few minutes
from downtown on Highway 60/93
coming from the south. Jones Ford
offers complete line of new and used
vehicles, service and sales. Bromm
Auto has used vehicles, and a variety
of mobile sheds. Cowboy Trading
Post, consigned & new western tack,
hay, saddle, ropes, horse trailers. Vern
Lewis has propane, helium and welding supplies. Serenity Farms offers
a wide range of tack, saddles, feed,
western gifts & hay. Quarter Horse
Antiques- offers southwestern fur-
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Shopping
Continued from page 7
niture, antiques, jewelry, western & collectibles. Smith
&Western is a delightful retail store chocked full of western
and southwestern apparel, gifts, furniture, jewelry and more!
Napoles Green Spot Nursery offers garden sculptures,
plants, supplies and landscaping services.
Retail Stores on West Wickenburg Way include: M’s
Quilting Inspirations a collection of beautiful fabric, yarn,
ribbon and supplies. ALCO in the West Plaza Shopping
Center has clothing, shoes, toys, hunting equipment, bicycles, food products, household goods, televisions, electronics and more. Safeway full grocery with Deli and Pharmacy,
Stewart Hardware offers small appliances, tools, paint and
hardware; Kaley’s Vacuum offers repair, knife sharpening,
and shipping services; Tractor Supply Store is a full retail
for home and ranch. Clothing, boots, feed, equipment and
small farm machinery. Ginny’s Vitamin Village provides
vitamins, supplements, specialized food and more. Double
D Western World is an experience on two levels. Offering
clothing for men, women and children, boots, hats, designer
western furniture, and feed/tack supplies. The Gallery
& Frame Shop is part of the Double D Western World
store, and offers limited edition prints both framed and
unframed, representing many well known artists. You’ll
also find jewelry, bronze sculpture, & western wood signs.
The gallery offers custom framing with many choices of
matting and moldings. Parker’s Cutting Edge next door
offers custom framing and choices of matting and moldings,
along with local art exhibited in their gallery.
Treasuring the past from which we come, in our homes
today, gives enduring honor to our heritage…and a unique
way to remember your visit to Wickenburg.
You’ll be Welcome
at
• A Quiet Oasis in the desert
• Comfortable and Spacious Rooms
• Heated Pool with Spa
• Balcony or Patio
• FREE Continental Breakfast
• FREE local calls and Wi-Fi
1000 N. Tegner, Wickenburg, AZ
800-915-9795 or (928) 684-7099
www.wickenburglodging.com
Email: [email protected]
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Treasures From
Mexico and Beyond
• Glassware • Talavera Pottery • Pewter
• Wrought Iron • Leather Handbags
• Stoneware • Wool Rugs • Furniture
• Clothing • Oaxacan Animal Wood Carvings
• Sterling Silver Jewelry • Mirrors
An Eclectic Collection from Mexico
and South America
Phone (928)684-5977 Fax (928)684-1552
144 N. Tegner Street
Downtown Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Patty Urlaub
Photo courtesy of
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2 Locations are better than 1
N e w t o W i c k e n b u rg !
Jimmy “the Hat Man” Harrison
has opened a second shop &
store, in Wickenburg AZ, at 201
N Frontier. Stop in for the best
quality handmade hats - custom
fitted to your head and designed
to your dreams. For 18 years
Jimmy has provided true beaver
hats in dozens of styles.
’s”
Jimmy “The Hat Man
Cell # 406-360-6979
Pool & Spa
Full Hot Breakfast
80-channel
Satellite Television
Free high-Speed
Wireless Internet
Newly Refurbished
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201 N. Frontier St. • Wickenburg, AZ 85390
850 East Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
928-684-5461
Toll-free reservations 1-888-335-9466
www.qualityinnwickenburg.com
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Wickenburg’s Annual Events 2013
October
26-27
Wickenburg Gun Show – Wickenburg Community Center
November
2
8-10
30-12/01
33rd Annual Las Senoras Home Tour & Holiday Market
34th Annual Bluegrass Festival – Bowman Rodeo Grounds
13th Annual Wickenburg Gem & Art Fair – Community Center
December
8
6-7
13
Cops Who Care “Remember When” Car Show-Comm. Center
25th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering
18th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights –
Historic District-6:30 pm
*Check out the 2013 calendar of events for our
final Sesquicentennial programs.
“150 Reasons to Visit Historic Wickenburg!”
2014 Calendar
February
14-16
21-23
66th Annual Gold Rush Days & Rodeo
9th Annual Cowgirl Up
April
7-11
68th Annual Desert Caballeros Men’s Ride
May
3
12th Annual Out Wickenburg Way Street Dance & BBQ
July
4
43rd Annual Fireworks & Family Fun- Sunset Park
September
6
26th Annual Fiesta de Septiembre
October
11
25-26
20th Annual Wickenburg Fly-In & Classic Car Show
Wickenburg Gun Show
November
1
14-16
29-30
34th Annual Las Senoras Home Tour & Holiday Market
35th Annual Bluegrass Festival
14th Annual WOWW Gem & Art Fair
December
5-6
7
12
26th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering
Cops Who Care “Remember When” Car Show
19th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights -6:30 p.m.
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Discover Alamo Lake State Park
Alamo Lake State Park is located 98 miles north west of
Wickenburg on US 60, and offers anglers one of the best
fishing lakes in the state. Nature lovers will appreciate
this area representing the unique features of the Sonoran
Desert. The campgrounds offer a spectacular view of the
lake and the abundant native wildlife.
80 campground sites with hook-ups to water and electricity. 19 full hook-up sites. Developed and undeveloped campgrounds with restrooms and showers. Dump station, fish
cleaning stations, and two multilane launch ramps. Park
elevation 1,235 feet. The Park sells fishing licenses, bait,
firewood, and ice.
www.azstateparks.com (928) 669-2088
History of the Bola Tie
The Gaucho is a South American cowboy and the strange device or
weapon he uses is called “Boleadora” – translated the word means “balls”
for literally that is what the “bola” is, three balls attached to the ends
of three throngs of braided leather or rawhide which in turn are joined
together at their common ends. The three balls are usually of stone or
lead sewn into pouches of leather of rawhide. In use, one of the balls is
gripped in the hand and the contrivance is whirled in an arc overhead. It
is thrown with incredible speed at a fleeing animal. The story of how
this unique object lent its name to the popular and well known piece of
neckwear, the “bola tie”, is one that bridges two continents through the
determination and ingenuity of one man, who had a penchant for creating
something new. Some fanciful claims have been made as to the origin
of that popular piece of neckwear, the bola tie, and its relationship to the
bola. The story, which has prevailed against all others and as far as, is
known, has never been challenged, takes us to Wickenburg, Arizona in
1949. Here, Victor E. Cedarstaff, a resident, designed and made the first
bola type of necktie. As Vic tells the story, he was out horseback riding
one day and sudden gust of wind blew his hat off. Picking up his hat, he
found that the band had become detached. Rather than try to replace it
on the spot, he just slipped the band over his head and let it hang loose
around his neck. After awhile his riding friend noticed it and remarked.
“Nice tie you’re wearing, Vic!” This remark turned out to be more than
casual; it sparked an idea. Being a silversmith, and having taught leatherwork, Vic went to work and designed something new and distinctive
in this field. In a day or two, he had fashioned a tie from some leather
lacing and trimmed the braid ends with silver balls. To this, he fastened
a small silver slide adorned with a piece of turquoise. The tie attracted
a good deal of skeptical attention from friends, however, orders soon
began to arrive.
Vic’s problem was, that there seemed to be no good way of attaching the
slide to the braid, one that would not slip or damage the braid. However,
in due time, he succeeded toward this end by designing a triangular
shaped slide, which he named a yoke. Unlike most conventional slides,
which contain a variety of clips and locking devices to hold the tie in
place, this yoke had none and it eliminated the necessity of having to slip
the tie on over the head. He succeeded in creating something new and
original and on this basis he was issued a patent.
Searching for a suitable name for the tie, he settled on one that was truly
western. He called it a “Piggin Necklet” naming it from the piggin-string
that the cowboys use for tying the legs of a calf. Sometime later, Vic was
visiting with a friend in Wickenburg, who had been in Argentine, South
America. The friend showed him a device, which he had brought back
with him. He called it a “bola” and explained that the Gauchos of that
country used it for catching cattle. It bore a strange resemblance to the
tie, which Vic had designed; in the way it was braided and had terminals
similar to his tie. Vic decided to drop his original name for the tie, and
call the tie “bola”. The name change proved almost magical. Soon others
began making similar ties and marketing them under various trade names.
However, the name “bola” seemed to be the one, which endured, and in
the end it has become the universal name for the tie.
The Martin family grave
by John Carr
The remains of Bernard (Barney) Martin, age 40, Rosa Sherline
Martin, age 34, John Martin, age 13, and William Martin, age 11, were
place in this grave by Fredrick Brill, the first owner of the property
which is now the Hassayampa River Preserve. The Martin family was
murdered in August 1886 near the present town of Morristown, just a
few miles south of the preserve.
Barney Martin came to America from Ireland in 1864 and was in
California prior to coming to Antelope Creek, Arizona in 1878. He
came with his two boys. He met Rosa Sherline in Antelope Creek and
married her there. Together they owned and operated the stage station/
store 15 miles north east of Wickenburg.
In 1886 the Martins left Antelope Creek, now known as Stanton, and
were headed for the town of Maricopa to catch the train back to Ohio.
They never made it. There are conflicting stories about how and who
murdered them, however the generally accepted story is that Charles
P. Stanton was behind it. Stanton also had a store did not like competion. Stanton was well known as a ruthless character and probably
threatened the Martins and may have burned their station/store. So
in July, 1886 the Martins loaded the wagon with all their possessions
and headed for the train station at Maricopa. Some stories say they had
$5,000 with them. They stopped here at the Brill Ranch for supplies
and water. A few days later they were found at Niger Wells, brutally
murdered, scalped and burned. It was made to look like Indians did
it, however the Indian wars in this part of Arizona had been over for
10 years. Mr. Brill had their remains brought to his ranch and buried
at this spot.
Mr. Stanton was charged with the Martin murders. Before Stanton
could be brought to trial he was murdered. No one was ever tried for
the Stanton murder. Pioneer justice in early Arizona. The coroner’s
juror was composed of Fredrick Brill, Justice of the Peace and acting
coroner, Henry Wickenburg, John Kenton, Charles J. Taylor, Ramon
Macias, Ignacio Valles and Pedro Valdennegro.
(As a footnote the Macias family still lives in the Wickenburg area.)
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is disputed. Even at a low figure, it was a substantial sum
of money, enough to encourage Wickenburg and others to
continue their development work – and enough for Rusk and
two other men to file a lawsuit against Wickenburg alleging
that they were being cheated out of Rusk’s one-third interest
in the mine. The suit, which was the first piece of mining
litigation heard in Arizona’s territorial courts, argued that the
original claim filed by Van Bibber, Rusk, and Wickenburg as
still valid, and Rusk’s sale of his interest to the two men gave
them part ownership of the Vulture Mine. Fortunately for
Wickenburg, the plaintiffs lost on the grounds that he and his
two original companions had never properly registered their
claim at the territorial capital.
Free of any cloud over his ownership of the mine,
Wickenburg set about promoting the Vulture’s full development. Rather than work the mine himself, Wickenburg let
others take out ore in return for a payment of $15 per ton.
By late fall, operations at the mine and on the banks of the
Hassayampa were in full swing, with various groups of miners taking out as much as seven hundred dollars in gold each
day. By 1865, about forty arrastras were in use along the riverbank. This process, which was first developed by Spanish
miners, required no machinery and thus was well adapted to
the conditions that prevailed at the Vulture, whose isolation
made the importation of processing equipment an expensive
and time-consuming undertaking.
As word of the mine and its development spread across the
country, it attracted not only miners but also journalists. One
correspondent, writing for the Hartford Evening Press
in Connecticut, predicted that “a stream of gold will our
from the Hassayampa when the quartz mills arrive, and all
this tedious process is done by the power of steam. There is
no portion of the mineral region so favorable for the working
of a large mine.” His prophecy was realized for the most part
toward the end of the summer of 1865, a small stamp mill
was erected on the opposite side of the river bottom from the
present-day Remuda Ranch – giving the miners an easier and
more efficient mechanism for reducing, or crushing, the ore
prior to amalgamation.
With ore valued as high as $80 per ton, the Vulture Mine
was bound to attract the attention of investors. In late 1865,
Wickenburg who had acquired sole ownership of the Vulture
claim by this time sold his interest in the mine to a group
of New York men led by Behtchuel Phelps. After paying
Wickenburg $25,000 for several hundred feet of the Vulture
lode – the most valuable part of the claim-as well as the stamp
mill, which Wickenburg had recently taken over, the buyers
incorporated the Vulture Mining Company and began placing orders for new ore processing machinery.
(The Town on the Hassayampa – Mark E. Pry)
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How about grabbing
a bite to eat?
Designed to please
every diner, Wickenburg
offers a wide variety of
places to eat. Whether
you only have a few
minutes to grab a quick
sandwich or a couple of
hours for quiet dining,
you’ll find the perfect
place.
Appetites for Southwestern, ethnic dishes and
home style cooking, can all be tempted at our local
restaurants.
Pick up a Shopping and Dining guide and the
Restaurant Guide at the Visitor’s Center inside the
Santa Fe Depot/Chamber of Commerce Office on
Frontier Street for an easy-to-follow map and listing
of our cuisine choices.
Also check out the KioKom Kiosk inside the Visitor
Center for more information .
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Hassayampa River Preserve:
An Oasis in the Desert
The Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa River
Preserve encompasses one of the best remaining examples of the rarest forest type in North
America: the Fremont Cottonwood-Willow riparian
forest.
This forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the endangered Southwest Willow
Flycatcher and the rare (to Arizona) RedShouldered Hawk. This forest and the wildlife it
supports thrive within the Preserve because of
the presence of water, including the perennially
flowing Hassayampa River and the spring-fed Palm
Lake.
Because of the presence of water, humans have
long occupied this site, as far back as 2,000 years.
In the late 1860’s, the four-room adobe core of the
current Visitor Center was built and served as a
stagecoach way station. The building became part
of the Frederick Brill Ranch, listed in Arizona’s
State Register of Historic Place. An adobe building
adjacent to the Visitor Center has been restored
for use in the Preserve’s environmental education
programs. This building also houses the Frank P.
Broz Nature Gallery.
The Nature conservancy purchased the property
in 1986 to protect these rare biological and cultural
resources.
The Hassayampa River Preserve is located
on U.S. Highway 60, three miles southeast of
Wickenburg near mile marker 114. The Preserve
is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 am
to 5 pm, September 12 through May 14. Summer
hours, from May 18 through September 16, Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, 7am to 11am.
Summer Schedule – Mid May to Mid September
Weekends- Friday – Sunday - 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Winter schedule – Mid September – Mid May –
Wed – Sunday, 8 am-5 pm The Preserve is closed
on Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve day, Christmas Day, New Year’s
Eve day, and New Year’s day. $5 admission - children under 12 - FREE. Check with the Chamber
for hours and activities hosted by the Friends of
the Hassayampa Preserve.
Tip: What To Pack For A Wildflower Trek
• Identification book. Available from the Hassayampa
River Preserve and local bookstores/gift shops.
• Area maps. Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center.
• Sturdy leather shoes or boots.
• Hat, sunglasses and sun block.
• Long pants.
• Binoculars and camera.
• Plenty of water. If you plan to be out for the day, you
should take at least one gallon per person. Carry plastic
water bottles with you in a day pack.
Keep an extra supply of water in your car for refills.
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Now playing ... yet another reason to visit Wickenburg
Come experience golf year around ... and short drive from Phoenix to long drives here
“Serene but potentially lethal” is one
description of the 18-hole championship
course at Rancho de los Caballeros.
The Los Caballeros Golf Club is ranked
one of the top five in the state of
Arizona by the Golf Digest editors; and
their 1.55 million subscribers voted the
course as a must “Place to Play.”
The 7,025-yard par 72 course is a masterpiece designed by Jeff Hardin and
Greg Nash. The layout of the course is
strategically intermingled around the
Ranch, taking advantage of the natural
rolling terrain and offering breathtaking
views of the desert and nearby mountains.
Los Caballeros Golf Club
Fee includes a mandatory golf cart.
Appropriate golf attire and soft spikes
are requested.
Call for tee times at (928)684-2704.
Photo courtesy of Los Caballeros Golf Club
Head Golf Professional- Rob Ruppert in 2007.  Green fees are $35 May–
www.loscaballerosgolfclub.com
September and $50 October–April.  Tee
time reservations are recommended by
Wickenburg Country Club
calling the golf shop at (928) 684-2011.
Wickenburg’s original golf course, this General Manager – Jamey Lewis, PGA
beautiful 18-hole, 6,300 yard par 71 www.wickenburggolf.com
course was built in 1949 and renovated
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Award Winning Four Color
Walking Tour Guide Available
The
Award-winning
Walking
Tour
of
Wickenburg guide has
color photographs of
the Wickenburg Bronze
Sculptures, along with
sketches of our historical buildings, downtown
art and murals. The guide
is also available online at
www.wickenburgchamber.com or www.outwickenburgway.com The
Official Visitor’s Guide
may also be accessed on
the above websites.
Photo courtesy of
Ronnie Cromwell
Desert Caballeros
Western Museum
2013-14 Calendar
Programs free to
the public include:
Tuesday Talks, Hassayampa
Lecture Series, and Monthly
Book Club programming
33rd Annual Las Senoras Home
Tour & Holiday Market –
Nov.2, 2013
9th Annual Cowgirl Up!
Exhibition & Sale –
February 21-23, 2014
For more information
call: (928) 684-2272
www.westernmuseum.org
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928-713-7472
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Stop by and pick up your copy
of the official Hiking Guide
The Official Guide to
Hiking in Wickenburg
is available at the
Chamber Office and
it is available online at
www.outwickenburgway.com and www.
wickenburgchamber.
com
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Current Season
Up Close and Live at the Webb Center
The Del E. Webb Center for the
Performing Arts schedules a wide
variety of performances in the intimate, 600-seat venue every year
from November through April.
World-class artists bring fresh new
shows to the stage for locals and
visitors alike.
The 2013-2014 Season will open
in November with a special fundraising concert featuring Rex Allen
Jr. and the Diamond W Wranglers. Proceeds from the
concert will benefit the Historic Saguaro Theater. Also
in November, the Webb Center is hosting the first annual
Photos courtesy of Del E. Webb Center
Find Your Center Gala, a fundraising dinner and perforthe Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Creole Christmas.
mance from classical pianist Alpin Hong.
Those who prefer standards, classical or big band tunes
will enjoy the Phoenix Symphony’s evening of beloved
“This season features a variety of genres so everyone
Rogers & Hammerstein melodies; the multi-talented The
can find a show to enjoy,” stated Cathy Weiss, Executive
Five Brown’s on five Steinway pianos; The Glenn Miller
Director of the Webb Center. “We are thrilled to be preOrchestra playing the golden era of swing; and The Hal
senting artistic performances such as actor Ed Asner porLinden Septet, featuring big band hits and jazz. Fresh off
traying FDR in a one-man play; legendary folksinger Judy
their PBS special, Under the Streetlamp brings to life a
Collins; and The Dunwells, a new British band blending
variety of classic doo-wop, Motown and old rock ’n’ roll
English rock with American roots music.”
hits.
Dance this season includes: TAO, direct from Japan,
returns to the United States with their new show, Phoenix
Rising, where explosive Taiko drumming meets innovative
choreography. In March, world-renowned dance company
Pilobolus will combine gymnastics with gravity-defying
works of extreme balance and contortion.
Call the Webb Center’s Box Office at (928)684-6624 to
Country music fans will enjoy the Top 10 hits from
purchase tickets or visit www.dewpac.org for a full schedthe 1990s by honky-tonker Mark Chesnutt; contempoule of events, information on artists, and to watch video
rary country from Nashville superstar Pam Tillis; and a
previews.
solo acoustic show from former Statler Brother, Jimmy
Fortune. In March, The Del McCoury Band will take to
the stage for a night of world-class traditional bluegrass.
Broadway fans will be delighted by the return of The Ten
Tenors, now on a world tour performing an unparalleled
repertoire of Broadway’s greatest hits, contemporary
music and opera. Also returning are the Three Redneck
Tenors with new music and the same down-home charm
to kick off the Gold Rush celebration in February.
Comedy this season features two alumni of Saturday
Night Live: Jim Breuer’s stand-up focuses on married life
with kids; and Jim Belushi and crew bring a completely
improvised show to the stage. For political satire, don’t
miss pianist Mark Russell with razor sharp observations
and songs from the day’s biggest headlines.
Holiday shows include A Leahy Family Christmas,
a whirlwind of eight siblings in two performances of
fiddle-driven music, dance, and vocals; and later in
December celebrate the season New Orleans-style with
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Desert Caballeros Western Museum
No visit to Wickenburg would be complete without a
tour of “Arizona’s Most Western Museum.” Don’t miss
one of the best collections of Western art in the county,
and the block-buster, every-changing exhibits including
Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West. Peer
into miniature scenes that tell the history of the region
and the desert floor frontier. Stroll along a street of old
Wickenburg that re-creates life in Arizona circa-1915,
complete with a general store and a saloon. Turn the
corner to visit a turn-of-the-century Victorian home
including a parlor, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and
laundry. Then step a few feet away and see Out on the
Ranch, an exhibition especially designed for the young
of all ages to feel how a working ranch operates.
Now Available is a book titled: “Images of America,
s Wickenburg” by Lynn Downey and the Desert
d Caballeros Western Museum.
Museum Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays During Summer Months
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Photo courtesy of Julie Brooks
Photo courtesy of Desert Caballeros Western Museum
MINERS CREEK
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Gold Panning / Prospecting Supplies
Books & Topo Maps
Metal Detectors
Camping & RV Supplies
Assaying & Refining Supplies
Information & Instructions
Gold Prospecting Adventures
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928-684-7014
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Current Season
The Desert Caballeros story
Reprinted courtesy of the Desert Caballeros, from the
1996 members book.
In the spring of 1947 a small group of Wickenburgers
met to discuss the replacement of an annual event called the
Wickenburg Rodeo. It was agreed that something different
and unique was in order.
Rush Smith suggested a desert trail ride, the first one
in Arizona, a camping trip for horsemen where they could
get away from the cares and worries of their business and
live for a few days in the open. Dallas Gant, Sr. suggested
the name DESERT CABALLEROS — Don Kerr secured
the necessary incorporation papers and Gene Francis was
employed as business manager and executive secretary.
Fifty-two charter members coughed up the original
fee for expenses and Rush Smith, Bob White and Steve
Hambaugh blazed the original trail of 103 miles over the
Weavers and Bradshaws.
The magic formula for our success — simple — awesome grandeur of the desert and mountains — following
much of the trail of the original Walker expedition 119 years
ago — the Arizona sunshine — and last but not least the
real good fellowship of a bunch of the greatest guys in the
country — there you have it, amigo.
Next year’s 68th Desert Caballeros Ride is
April 7-11, 2014.
Photo by Beth Gallant
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