1866 THE GOVERNOR ON THE VERDE, August 1866

"Editor of ARIZONA MINER. --- On Monday of last week the Governor and his wife, and Adjutant-General Garvin, started for a visit to Woolsey's Ranch, the Big Bug district, and the Camp and settlements on the Verde. They reached Woolsey's early in the afternoon where they remained over night."

"In the morning, accompanied by the Vickroy party, and Capt. Sanford and Lieut. Hancock; of Fort McDowell, and Col. Woolsey, they visited" several mines and a mill. Mrs. McCormick "rode in a light carriage, ... although no vehicle had before been over a portion of the route." After eating lunch, they "returned to Woolsey's ranch by the old road, which, for a way, follows the Big Bug creek.

"On Wednesday morning the Governor and wife, and Col. Garvin, left Woolsey's ranch escorted by ten of the Arizona Volunteers, for the Verde. They reached Grief Hill --- the great bug-bear of the road --- at 2 P. M., and descended in safety, although they thought it wise to dismount and walk down the most precipitous parts. The party reached the Verde river shortly after 4 o'clock, and crossing, were welcomed by Capt. Washburn and the other officers at Camp Lincoln, and saluted by the soldiers, who were drawn up in line." [part of the newspaper column is missing]

"The agricultural value of the Verde bottoms is now beyond question. The soil is exceedingly fertile and easy to work, while the abundance of water in the river, and the summer showers prevent all danger of injury to the crops from drought. Some 15,000 acres can, it is said, be brought under cultivation, and if afforded protection a little while longer, the settlers will probably be strong enough to take care of themselves. To withdraw protection at this time would be dangerous, and it is not likely that the military authorities will abandon Camp Lincoln, even if the volunteers are discharged. At least one good company of troops should be kept there."

"A great necessity is a better road to the Verde from Prescott, or a road whereby the infamous Grief hill may be escaped. The settlers think an easy passage can be made through Copper Canyon, which reaches the river mid-way between Camp Lincoln and the settlements. Capt. Washburn has found a comparatively good road, with no heavy hills, up a canyon leaving the river some five miles north of the Camp, which we take the liberty of naming Washburn Canyon. By this way there is an almost direct route to the point of rocks, below Giles' ranch; and it is considerably shorter than the present road. In places it is heavily timbered, and there is sufficient permanent water for travel. this is perhaps the best way yet found, and should be declared a county road; and the little work required upon it immediately performed by order of the Supervisors."

"On Thursday, the Governor and party, Capt. Washburn, Lieut. Gallegos and wife, and others went to see some interesting ruins on Beaver creek, a tributary of the Verde, at a point three miles east of Camp Lincoln. On a high bluff of rocks are many openings, well walled in front by good masonry, which seem to have been the abode of a large number of people. Upon examination numerous apartments were found, some of them extensive. By whom these substantial houses were occupied is unknown, and probably will always remain a mystery. The ruins are among the most perfect and remarkable in the Territory, and no visitor to the Verde should fail to see them."

"On Friday evening the Volunteers were briefly addressed by the Governor, who thanked them, [for their efficiency in fighting the Apache,] and expressed the hope that they would be retained in the service. He was aware, he said, that the time of some 60 of them had expired that day, and that they were disappointed that the pay-master and mustering officer had not arrived; but he urged them to be patient, and not, at this late hour, to injure their good reputation by any improper conduct."

"On Saturday morning the Governor and party, accompanied by Capt. Washburn and Mr. Ralstin, left the Camp for Woolsey's ranch, where they arrived at 4 P. M., and reached Prescott the following morning."

"Prescott, August 7, 1866."

(see: Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; August 8, 1866; page 2.)

President Abraham Lincoln appointed the first Territorial Governor of Arizona; John Noble Goodwin served from December 29, 1863, until March 4, 1865. President Andrew Johnson appointed the second Territorial Governor of Arizona; Richard C. McCormick served from July 9, 1866, until March 5, 1869.

"THE VERDE. --- It is more than a month since the Governor and others made a vigorous application to the military authorities for troops to replace the Volunteers on the Verde. The report now is that the Indians are taking the crops, and the settlers are powerless to protect themselves. We hope that Captain Downey will lose no time in going to their aid. We regret that he has but just received his order. It will be a lasting disgrace to the Territory if the hard working men on the Verde are deprived of the just reward of their labor."

(Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; September 12, 1866; page 3.)

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