1881: Railroad Construction, April.
"Ben Baker, the energetic superintendent of the New Mexico and Arizona Mail Line, running from Prescott, by way of Verde, to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, arrived in Prescott last evening, from Fort Wingate, N. M., which place he left on the 17th inst. From him we learn the following:"
"Trains run regularly to Fort Wingate. Grading is pretty nigh done along the route from Wingate to the Little Colorado. The travel over the road, from Albuquerque to Wingate is daily increasing."
"Messers. Price & KIng, contractors for making the road bed, are now in the mountains about 65 miles north of Prescott. They have with them between 700 and 900 men and are expecting a great many more from points east. They have had posters printed at this office calling for the services of 1,000 men to work in the San Francisco mountains: wages --- rockmen, per day, $2.40; common laborers $2.00. The price of board is given at $4.50 per week."
"Owing to snow and mud in the Wingate mountains, contractors for furnishing ties have been greatly retarded in their operations."
"The snow is between three and four feet deep in the Mogollon mountains. The Verde river and Beaver creek were very high when Mr. Baker came along."
"A recent flood in the Little Colorado swept away many dams belonging to the Mormon settlers, who, naught discouraged, are making new dams and preparing ground for summer crops."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; April 1, 1881; page 1.)
"C. P. Head & Co are shipping large quantities of supplies to the San Francisco mountain country. The destination for the present is at Johnny Rogers' place, 62 miles from Prescott, to which point we believe one and a quarter cent per pound freight is being paid." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; April 8, 1881; page 3.)
"James Baker, of Upper Verde, is in town. Mr. Baker is one of our successful stock raisers, and in company with Hon. John G. Campbell, has more beef steers than any one man in Yavapai County." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; April 22, 1881; page 3.)
"The largest crop ever planted on the Verde is that of this season. ... The Quartermaster's Department has been carrying the U. S. mails between Prescott and Verde for several days. This looks bad for the P. O. Department." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; April 22, 1881; page 4.)