Southern Arizona

Established a ranch here in 1858. In 1861 Indians kidnapped his Mexican stepson Felix Ward. Army officers assumed that local eastern Chiracahua Apaches were responsible, leading to the infamous conflict between Lt. Bascom and Cochise. In fact, the Pinal Band of the Western Apaches took Felix. John Ward died in 1867. The ranch was also the site of a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, a mining headquarters, a store, finally, a produce farm before it was abandoned in 1903
31° 30.686′ N, 110° 47.908′ W.
Marker is near Patagonia, Arizona, in Santa Cruz County.
Marker is on Patagonia Highway (Arizona Route 82 at milepost 16).

 Patagonia AZ
Is a town in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States. As of 2010 Patagonia had a population of 913. Patagonia was formerly a supply center for nearby mines and ranches. Currently, it is a tourist destination, retirement community and arts & crafts center. The Nature Conservancy's Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is adjacent to the town.. Native Seeds/SEARCH also maintains an active farm for growing out and preserving seed of endangered crops in the area
 Marshal's Office
287 W Mckeown Ave, Patagonia, AZ85624
 Mariposa Books & More
If you're strolling in downtown Patagonia and need a good book to complement your afternoon coffee break, Mariposa Books & More should top your list of shops to browse. Mariposa sells both used and new books, and has featured sections on nature, the Southwest, spiritual awareness, fiction, poetry, cookbooks, and history. Books penned by local authors are also available.
In addition to finding something to read, take the time to peruse the shop's other interesting items, which include handmade cards, photographs, and jewelry made by local artisans. The store also offers home office supplies, birding maps, CDs, and is the local UPS shipping drop off. If you are planning a trip to Patagonia, call ahead to find out if Mariposa Books & More will be hosting a book signing on the day you visit.
Mariposa Books & More is location of the Patagonia Area Business Association Visitor's Center. Stop by to obtain information about local lodging, food, events, and more. Visitor Center host Ann Caston will be happy to help you.
Location of the Patagonia Area Business Association Visitor's Center
317 McKeown Ave. Patagonia
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 11am - 4pm

150 Blue Heaven Road, Patagonia

Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 6:30/7:30am (depending on season) - 4:00pm.
The Preserve is one of the best-known and most popular places for birding in the U.S. More birders have seen their first Gray hawks here than anywhere else.
The streamside or riparian habitat found along Sonoita Creek contains some of the richest habitat remaining in Southern Arizona. More than 300 species migrate, nest, and live in this critical habitat and bird enthusiasts come thousands of miles to catch a glimpse of some of them. Of particular interest are the Gray hawk, vermilion flycatcher, violet-crowned hummingbird, thick-billed kingbird, zone-tailed hawk, green kingfisher, white-throated sparrows (in winter) and black-bellied whistling duck.
But even if you can't tell a bluebird from a blue jay, the Preserve still offers something for you. Three miles of easy walking trails take you along Sonoita Creek and through rare cottonwood willow forest, and the peace that comes from relaxing under 140 year-old cottonwood trees will bring you one step closer to nature. Come during the summer months when the wildflowers are blooming! Guided walks are offered every Saturday morning at 9:00am starting from the Visitor Center.

 Camp Crittenden
 Established August 10, 1867. Named Camp Crittenden by Generals Orders No. 57 Department of California, September 30, 1867, in honor of Thomas S. Crittenden, Col.32nd U.S. Infantry Major General U.S. Volunteers. Camp abandoned June 1, 1873. Established to protect settlements of Babocomari, Sonoita, and Santa Cruz Valleys against Indians. Leading a detachment of troops from Camp Crittenden, Lieut. H. B. Cushing was killed in a skirmish on May 5, 1871 by an Apache war leader from Cochise's band.
31° 39.522′ N, 110° 41.826′ W.
Marker is near Sonoita, Arizona, in Santa Cruz County.
Marker is on Arizona Route 82 at milepost 29.5
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