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06-16-2009, 07:50 PM
A friend and I went to Fort Rucker 2 weeks ago. this was my first visit.
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06-16-2009, 07:52 PM
No sign to mark the Fort, but it is easy to find.
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06-16-2009, 07:53 PM
Happy to say no signs of vandals

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06-16-2009, 07:55 PM
The Fort is in a beautiful setting, nestled in the pines along the south slopes of the Chiricahuas.

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06-16-2009, 07:56 PM
The officer's quarters
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06-16-2009, 07:58 PM
Stables
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06-16-2009, 07:59 PM
window into the past
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06-16-2009, 08:00 PM
The bakery is in the background
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06-16-2009, 08:02 PM
I was glad to have such enthusiastic company

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06-16-2009, 08:03 PM
The bakery
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06-16-2009, 08:08 PM
By his stripes I'd say maybe a Liuetenant.
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06-16-2009, 08:10 PM
and a pair of acorn woodpeckers
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06-16-2009, 08:15 PM
The underlying reason for our visit was to try and find "Old Camp Rucker". According to research at the Az His Soc. "old Camp Rucker" was named Camp Price and was located over the saddle and within a relativley short distance. When it was moved to the current location it was renamed Camp supply and then, upon the untimely death of Lt. Rucker and his friend, it was named Fort Rucker. Well maybe, it's a little murkey and my research skills are suspect.
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06-16-2009, 08:18 PM
After searching a dozen or so likely places, we came up short, no artifacts, but plenty of enchanting areas none the less. In a narrow canyon we came upon this not so enchanting scene.
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06-16-2009, 08:19 PM
And his lordship
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06-16-2009, 08:20 PM
Well fed and healthy
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06-16-2009, 08:23 PM
We found some pronghorn along the east flats, between the Chiricahuas and the Peloncillos
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06-16-2009, 08:26 PM
Adios to another fine day in Cochise County
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campp
06-17-2009, 05:39 AM
Really nice, thanks!

Vulture
06-17-2009, 12:50 PM
Yep, Ol' Camp Rucker is one of my favorite places.
Sunrise, your photo's have such a nice rich coloration, almost like those old hand colored postcards from the 19th century.

I was last there in 07' & that ranch house in your pictures was open to all visitors. There was no vandalism anywhere at the site.

For those interested; The story of life there in the post military period is found in "A cowmans wife" by Mary Kidder Rak. A charming read.

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The suttlers store ruin @ OCR.

Norman Johnson
06-17-2009, 03:32 PM
Is Fort Rucker the same as Rucker Camp.
"Rucker Camp and Rucker Canyon, Cochise County. Established 1878 as Camp Supply, the name of this post was later changed to Camp Powers, but when moved to its final site at the upper end of White River, Jan 1, 1879, it was renamed for Lt. John A. (Tony) Rucker of the 12th infantry, who had drowned in a flash flood the previous July while attempting to rescue another officer, Lt. Austin Henley. . . .Original log barn and adobe blacksmith shop still in use. No Trespassing. Parade grounds are National Forest land, and a picnic site." Nell Murgarger, Ghosts of the Adobe Walls.

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06-17-2009, 06:42 PM
Is Fort Rucker the same as Rucker Camp.
"Rucker Camp and Rucker Canyon, Cochise County. Established 1878 as Camp Supply, the name of this post was later changed to Camp Powers, but when moved to its final site at the upper end of White River, Jan 1, 1879, it was renamed for Lt. John A. (Tony) Rucker of the 12th infantry, who had drowned in a flash flood the previous July while attempting to rescue another officer, Lt. Austin Henley. . . .Original log barn and adobe blacksmith shop still in use. No Trespassing. Parade grounds are National Forest land, and a picnic site." Nell Murgarger, Ghosts of the Adobe Walls.

NJ

I saw a copy of an old map. It showed a portion of a road going north and south along the east side of the chiricahuas. The road was called Camp Price supply road. It headed to San Simon but did not show where it terminated to the south where the camp was located. The material at the Az society was scant. There seemed to be no less than 3 camps and fort Rucker located in the area, but it was all second hand and i did not locate any original sources. They are probably somewhere in the archives but I do not have the time to search to that degree. But it seems the Fort was loacted in it's present site as Camp Supply and renamed to honor the drowned Lt Rucker.

To further confuse matters, there is a canyon about midway along the east side that is named Price canyon, which logically would be the location of Camp Price. But the only source I found did not indicate that as the site.

Sunrise
06-17-2009, 06:48 PM
"Sunrise, your photo's have such a nice rich coloration, almost like those old hand colored postcards from the 19th century."

Thank you sir! I am influenced by those old postcards. I set my camera for the warm side. In the post processing i often double the image for richer tones or convert to sepia, blur the perimeter and set a light vignette (sp) in the corners.3015

Joel
06-17-2009, 07:56 PM
Fantastic shots!!! Sunrise, you need to keep away from those diamondbacks! Those things just lack a sense of humor!

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06-17-2009, 08:23 PM
Thanks Joel and I think that if you tread lightly, them Diamonds are fairly mild.



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LauraA
06-18-2009, 02:26 AM
Sunrise, Love your photos, the warm colors really capture the feel of the desert.
I've never thought of taking a picture of a rattler from ground level...even if I had, I doubt I would have done it, glad you did though, it sure makes for a great photograph.