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Verde Heritage 1904: TROUT ABOUND IN OAK CREEK

"June 1st, open season for trout, found many people from Jerome on the creek."

"Hon. Marcus A. Smith, the long-distance fly-caster from Tucson, was among the early birds, as was County Recorder Hibben, of Flagstaff."

"Mr. and Mrs. Jean Allison were up early and late and Mrs. Allison takes as much interest in trout culture as her husband. Jean caught the banner Rainbow, 21 1/2 inches, weight, dressed, 3 pounds. ... Poor Mont Broaded wanted the record and was caught splicing two trout."

"Mrs. Rathbun, Mrs. Dumas, Mrs. Broaded, Mrs. Robbins, and Miss Lizzie Thompson all caught a few speckled beauties."

"Supervisor Dumas, Harry Gilmore, and Jack Duff fished days and made music for dancers at Thompsons, nights."

"Jon Johnson was up early and would shoot for his point, but it came up ace-duce. Frank Rathbun was always there and dealt 4 1 all the time. Frank can fall further and lose more bait than most people."

"Hon. Thomas E. Campbell and wife could be seen coaxing the Rainbow trout to 'rise.' Pete Jackson, the tackle man, broke his record and surely smoked' the flies on the finny tribe."

"Billy Parks tried to shave a trout. Benny Romm thought he was getting too much for his money and cut his trout in two. Gadette, the soda man, tried his best to bottle a big one but he 'fizzed.' Dennison, the lumber man is not slow on the count."

"Frank Nail nailed a few, but it was not as easy a flagging a train. Charles Hooker hooked a few. Charley would rather hunt bear. Frank Nevin burned all he caught. Halberg was caught with a 'J. H.' cigar band around a little feller."


"So many people ask the origin of "Bacon Rind" that we give it. In 1890, Major E. K. Otey and Jake Raffe left Jerome, for a fishing trip to Indian Gardens and camped on the right bank of the stream. The ants and skunks were so thick that they moved across the creek in the midst of a virgin wilderness of rosebushes, ferns, grape vines, and underbrush. They cleared off a space 20 feet square around the spring, cut poles and built a 'bunk' up in the forks of four alder trees. It is claimed the bunk was 10 feet off the ground, high and dry, and the boys felt secure from prowling animals, etc. The provisions were stored in the bunk."

"Bright and early the next morning the major and Jake were out after trout. They fished up the creek quite a ways and met a man named Warner, who owned a long, lean, lank, bear dog with the title of 'Duke.' Duke was a rustler and in a day or so located the camp, climbed the alder tree, in which the boys had made one or two steps to get into the bed, grabbed a whole side of bacon and got off with it."

"The boys had ten days more to stay and all the meat they had was a single strip of bacon rind. With this they greased the frying pan twice every day, and when their time was up there was very little left of the rind. As they were packing and leaving camp, the major said, 'Camp of all camps, I christen thee "Bacon Rind."' From this time on each and every year campers have cleared this ground, little by little, until today 'Bacon Rind' covers two acres of beautifully shaded, cleared, and swept ground, with three nice springs in the camp, overlooking the clear, cool, roaring mountain stream, Oak Creek."

(Jerome Mining News; Thursday, June 16, 1904; page 3.)

See: The Verde Independent; "Verde Heritage: 1914: TROUT ABOUND IN OAK CREEK;" May 17, 2017.

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