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    Out on the NW corner of the Dragoon Mountains sits the ruins of the Dragoon Springs Station. Established in 1858, the western most station built of stone, still stands. It's seen better days to be sure. It was in the heart of the Apache Nation. It was discontinued in 1862 when the Federal Government suspended operations during the Civil War. In W.J. "Jack" Way's GHOSTS AND GHOST TOWNS, he cites a story of the Mexican workers massacring three men upon completition of the station. It took four days for troops to arrive at the scene.



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    It's about 200 yards up from the road. Despite the mashed down wire at the gate, there is a pedestrian enterance.
    To my shock the Sons of the Confederate Army are tending the graves of four soldiers killed during the Apaches during the brief occupation of the Southwest. The rebels aren't my favorites, but it is good to see someone tending the old graves.


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    Didn't expect to see this in Cochise County!
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    On the way to the Dragoon Springs, there are about 20 of these rock lines that have some running back to the barbed wire fence and others just petering out fairly close to the fence. Any ideas?

    Toppled over windmill. Must be a hoot on Saturday night.

    I kept seeing these even though I was on the Coronado National Forest. Such a crazy mish mash of jurisidictions.
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    Very nice Joel. There's a lot of history in those hills. That looks like a tipped-over windmill?

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    Thanks for sharing, Joel

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    That it is. The Apache Stronghold itself.

    Yup, someone felled the windmill. Not quite sure why.
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    The story of the Dragoon Station was in one of the episodes of Wild West Tech. IIRC they were scalped so it'd look like indians did it. One died instantly, another later on after suffering from his injuries, but one lived long enough to tell the soldiers who did it. Quite gruesome the way they died.
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    Not sure about the deaths. W.J. "Jack" Way says that axes and clubs were used. Not a good way to go!
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