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1866: NOTES OF A TRIP THROUGH ARIZONA; Part 2.

"Had I been previously told that such an immense body of timber was in this Territory, I most certainly would have believed it a falsehood --- but to see is to believe."

From the 22nd of July "until the 20th of August we traveled through this forest without ever finding indications or formations that denoted the presence of gold, save and except about the head of a tributary of the Salt river." ...

At Fort Goodwin "our old captain, with about one-half of the whole company having started, left, some for Tucson, and others for Apache Pass, the Prescott party, now led by Mr. Wm. Stockton, formerly of Los Angeles county, procured the services of an Indian guide, started, September 13th down the Gila, to prospect the south side of the White Mountains, which lie about eighty or a hundred miles north of the fort." ...

Near the Salt river our guide left. "Two of our party, the next morning, turned back to the fort. Next day we moved on, and in the evening another guide, with a white flag, came to us." ...

"Next day we went up the mountain until we struck our out-going trail, when six of our party left us to go down the Little Colorado to the wagon road from New Mexico to Prescott, as they did not want to travel through the mountains any more. This left our party with thirteen men only, but we struck out over the same road we came, shortening it in places. We arrived at the Rio Verde about noon on Saturday, October 13th, without any accident, save the loss of a noble mule." ...

"Our fraction of the late great White Mountain party set themselves down to the Rio Verde, hungry, travel-worn, and almost devoid of store clothes; but thanks to the kindness of the farmers, we soon found ourselves "full to the brim," with good substantial food --- including bacon, for want of which we were nearly famished."

"For the last fifty miles east of the Verde, Indian (Tonto) sign was very thick, especially in the country between Fossil Creek and the Verde. Corn husks and cobs covered the general camps with 50, 75, and 100 extinguished fires were to be seen every few miles and we thought the Tontos had gathered the crops of our white friends."

"We found a good many soldiers and civilians sick with the ague [malaria] unable to gather the crops or protect them ... and some of our White Mountain boys set to work to help them out."

"October 14. Lay over. The next day we crossed the river, which was very high."

"On Wednesday, October 17th, we arrived at Prescott, and were welcomed back by the citizens, including the hotel keepers, upon whom we bore down pretty weighty for a week or ten days. But they stood it like majors, and if they did not get much money, they got a powerful sight of sympathy."

"Although unsuccessful in our search for gold, the party, nevertheless, accomplished a great deal. We traveled over 700 miles, nearly half of which was through a forest, the extent of which has hitherto been unknown." ...

"The party wish me to return thanks to Messrs. Stockton, Kelley, Lyle and Jackson for favors extended to all while on our way." ...

"Prescott, January 24, 1867. J. H. Miles" (?)

(Arizona Miner; Prescott; January 26, 1867; page 2.)

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