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Ghostdancer
05-20-2006, 04:12 PM
Has anyone in recent times hiked into Rattlesnake Canyon to the Power's Cabin south of Klondyke, Arizona?

This is the site of the shootout between the two Power brothers John and Tom and Lawmen which occured in 1918.

I did so with a friend back in 1991 and the cabin had just been restored by the forest service.


Tom

Flatiron
05-21-2006, 03:10 AM
Ghostdancer..................Power's Garden and Cabin were on my to-do list this past winter, but never seemed to get there. Can you get to it from the Mammoth/Copper Canyon side? I know there's plenty of 4WD roads in the area, which I tend to enjoy, anyway. Any info would be appreciated.Thanks..........

brian10x
05-21-2006, 04:57 AM
Ghostdancer..................Power's Garden and Cabin were on my to-do list this past winter, but never seemed to get there. Can you get to it from the Mammoth/Copper Canyon side? I know there's plenty of 4WD roads in the area, which I tend to enjoy, anyway. Any info would be appreciated.Thanks..........
Yes, please. I'd like to go there as well. Is there anything else remaining?

Ghostdancer
05-21-2006, 06:16 AM
Flatiron, Brian,

Getting to Power's Cabin requires a hike, a very long one. We set out early in the morning and it was late in the afternoon when we reached the cabin. We did this as a back packing trip. To get to the trail head there's a road running south from Klondyke; don't recall how many miles. As I recall the last few miles required 4WD. As far as access from Mammoth I'm not familiar with any.

There is some mining equipment remaining along the way in. The Power's also had another cabin, part of which was still standing when we were there in spring of 1991. It is called the Power's home. This is some miles north of Power's Cabin and going in you'll come upon this first.

There is a Power's Garden which is a forest service cabin that has some old equipment in and around; at least it did when we were there.

I would recommend the USGS topo Kennedy Peak. The Power's Mine is indicated on the map.


Tom

Flatiron
05-21-2006, 02:34 PM
Tom............Thanks for the info on the Power's Cabin. I'll check it out in the fall. I've heard it's possible to get within 1 mile of the cabin with a serious 4WD, but I guess that's not the case. I definitely don't feel like doing a long hike when the temps are over the century mark. .........:eek:

Ghostdancer
05-22-2006, 02:47 PM
Tom............Thanks for the info on the Power's Cabin. I'll check it out in the fall. I've heard it's possible to get within 1 mile of the cabin with a serious 4WD, but I guess that's not the case. I definitely don't feel like doing a long hike when the temps are over the century mark. .........:eek:
Perhaps there is a 4WD trail leading close. The forest service could give you that info.

As I say it's a very long hike, the trail itself is not particularly rough though. The country is beautiful and as remote as in the Powers time.


Tom

alan larabee
01-24-2011, 09:16 PM
I drove to the cabin with my wife and three children in may of 1970.There was still part of the cabin standing and there was a mine shaft near by.We went into the mine shaft and discovered a partial case of dynamite which we didn't disturb.When we got back to Safford I notified the forest service and they disposed of it.There was cool fresh water there coming out of a spring.It was quite a beautiful place.I understand there is no longer a road in use as it is a designated wilderness area.There probably will not be many visitors since the hike would require an awful lot of water.

Sunrise
01-25-2011, 06:31 PM
I know one of the Powers family here in Bisbee. I will see what I can dig up.

Toysx2
01-25-2011, 08:51 PM
I drove to the cabin with my wife and three children in may of 1970.There was still part of the cabin standing and there was a mine shaft near by.We went into the mine shaft and discovered a partial case of dynamite which we didn't disturb.When we got back to Safford I notified the forest service and they disposed of it.There was cool fresh water there coming out of a spring.It was quite a beautiful place.I understand there is no longer a road in use as it is a designated wilderness area.There probably will not be many visitors since the hike would require an awful lot of water.

My students and I hiked to Powers Mine and a couple of others in the area several times in the 70's. We also drove there once. When the Galiuro Wilderness was originally set-up, the road to Powers Mine was a corridor in the reserve. That was changed in a revision of the wilderness boundaries. So it is a long walk these days.

The first photo is of an Allis Chalmers stamp mill that was still standing in a 1974 photo that we took. It is no longer there. We had heard that it had been dismantled, flown out by DPS and ended up at the Mining Museum in Phoenix. One of my brother in laws is a DPS pilot and says that in those days they did not have cargo hooks and so it wasn't them who moved it. It is also not the stamp mill that is on display at the museum, so who knows what really happened to the old mill.

The other piece of machinery is a small ball mill. At one of the other nearby mines, there was an ore car, and a very old engine/compressor combination.

The "kids" in the photos are now in the 50's............

Ernie

AlaskanPrincess
04-15-2011, 01:22 AM
First - I can't offer anyting about how to get to the cabin site. I learned about Powers Cabin Shoot-out while spending summer of 2009 in White Mountains and was just fascinated...as well as very saddened by the incident. My inquiry is about a picture I saw (NOT photo). I wrote down artist's name but of course no idea where I put it. I'd really like to obtain picture (or print from it??) so am hoping someone will know and post who artist is - and possibly how to obtain. THank you!

Toysx2
04-15-2011, 10:48 AM
In my prior post, I stated that the old stamp mill near Powers Garden was no longer there. I am relieved to be able to correct that statement and state that as of Wednesday(April 13, 2011), it was still standing where it has since 1918. I was able to revisit the area for the first time since the early and mid 1970's and see it for myself. While it has remained pretty much as it was back then, the Powers Garden area has changed dramatically. I'll post up pictures soon of the current status of the area and how it appeared nearly 40 years ago.

So was there ever anything that was flown out of the Powers Garden area and somehow the story of that event got mixed up with the stamp mill? It turns out that there was. In 1965, a 1925 Dodge Bros. Business Car was dismantled and flown out by helicopter. The truck was restored and is now used by the Forest Service as a public relations tool.

A very interesting report on the life of the truck as it did its job at Powers Garden can be found here:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5160939.pdf


The photo is of the restored vehicle. Credit for the photo is to: U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest.

Ernie