1873: Black Canyon Road; Telegraph, November.
BLACK CANYON ROAD
"On Saturday, Wm. B. Hellings & Co. called a meeting at Phoenix for the purpose of raising funds to open up a new road through Black Canyon to Prescott and the Verde. Very few attended, but afterwards some of the principal farmers and others came forward and offered to assist in the enterprise. It is calculated that 25 men, in one month of time, can put the road through. Hellings & Co. offer to furnish 15 men and to board the whole party, some of whom have started for the locality this morning. Capt. Hancock has gone to lay out and survey the route."
"During the week Wm. B. Hellings & Co have purchased grain as follows: From J. Goldwater & Bro., 400,000 pounds wheat and 500,000 barley (Michael Goldwater informs me this is a conditional purchase); from H. Frank, 200,000 pounds of wheat; from Z. Jackson, 75,000 wheat. The wheat was purchased at two cents per pound. I did not learn the price for the barley. The same firm is now negotiating with Jas. A. Moore, of Maricopa Wells, for 600,000 pounds of wheat."
"On Tuesday, J. W. Swilling, J. J. Hill, W. A. Hancock and E. K. Baker went out to guide, survey and superintend. Yesterday, eighteen more men left to work on the same."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; September 27, 1873; page 1.)
FINISHED. --- The new road, from Phoenix, in the Salt River valley, to Camp Verde, in th Rio Verde valley, is completed. The first wagons have 'made the trip' with great ease. Freight between points above named is 2 1/2 cents per pound. Cause for congratulations on the Salt river, and elsewhere. This rules out New Mexico flour and grain, and gives our farmers and business men every facility for supplying the red men of the Verde reserve. W. B. Hellings & Co., who furnished the money, etc., to open this road, ought now to have the thanks of the people of Salt river."
"MANY CATTLE. --- This section of the Territory is rapidly filling up with cattle. ... A few days ago, Mr. John Roberts, one of our old-time citizens, arrived at the Verde, from Texas, with 1,700 head, which himself and partner, a Mr. Franks, sold to Messrs. G. W. Bowers and Hugo Richards. John came up here and was warmly greeted by old friends. We are pleased to be able to state that since leaving the Territory, he has amassed quite a fortune."
"General Crook left for camps Verde and Apache on Thursday last."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; November 1, 1873; page 3.)
"THE NEW ROAD: Next to the construction of the telegraph, the opening of the new road from Phoenix to Prescott will be of the greatest importance to this town and valley. Thanks to the enterprise and liberality of Wm. B. Hellings & Co., who undertook and successfully completed the same at a cost of several thousand dollars, the road is not only passable for the largest teams, but is an excellent road almost the entire distance."
"The stations and distances are as follows, starting from Phoenix: Maricopa Wells, 16 miles; New River, 18 miles; Agua Fria, 10 miles; Townsend's Ranch, 19 miles; Prescott, 32 miles.
"Making, in all 95 miles from Phoenix to Prescott, and somewhat less to the Verde. Grass, water and timber are said to be abundant along the whole road."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; November 8, 1873; page 1.)
"SHIPMENTS FOR THE WEEK: H. B. Hellings & Co., 65,000 lbs. flour and barley, per J. M. Bryan's train, to Camp Verde. This was sent over the new road. The same firm is loading another train for the same place. J. Goldwater & Bro., 40,000 lbs. barley to Verde." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; November 8, 1873; page 1.)
"THE NEW ROAD, from Phoenix to Prescott and Verde, is spoken of, with great glee, by our Phoenix correspondent, who gives distances between watering stations, as well as the entire distance to Prescott, which is set down at 95 miles. Heavily laden wagons are now wending their way over the road, and we shall soon hear how they made the trip. Mr. A. Barnett, who, with Mr. S. C. Miller, has just come over the road in a buggy drawn by two animals, says that some grades are yet too short for large teams, but that a little more work and use will make of it a very fair road. The distance to Prescott can be cut down still more by taking a straight shute from Bowers' Agua Fria ranch to the mouth of Black Canyon." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; November 8, 1873; page 3, column 1.)
"LATEST BY TELEGRAPH"
"YUMA, Nov. 13. --- The completion of the telegraph hence to Prescott has been a matter of great rejoicing, but no noisy demonstrations made."
"Sailed this day, steamer Gila, with freight and passengers for Ehrenberg and Mohave. She will return after meeting the Cocopah and transferring her burthen. In her freight list is 40 miles of telegraph wire to build a telegraph line to Camp Verde."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; November 15, 1873; page 2.)
"THE NEW ROAD. --- Mr. John Lutgerding, who arrived here from Verde a few days ago, informed us that he had just conducted a heavily laden train over the new road from Salt River, with very little trouble. It will take considerable travel and some more work to make an excellent road of it, but that it is soon sure to become." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; November 22, 1873; page 3.)
"THE SHIPMENTS: J. Goldwater & Bro., 50,000 lbs. of barley to the Verde." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; November 29, 1873; page 1, column 2.)
"General Crook writes me that he thinks the Indians have left the Verde Reservation on account of the sickness there, and with no hostile intention."
SHIPMENTS: "J. Goldwater & Bro., 44,000 lbs. [barley] to Verde. ... During the last 15 days W. B. Hellings & Co have shipped 100,000 lbs. flour to Verde. ... Also, 125,000 lbs. barley to Verde."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; December 12, 1873; page 1.)