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Fun Facts

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Here are some history highlights from the Cave Creek Museum.

John A. Gurley

Arizona became a United States Territory on February 24, 1863.  President Abraham Lincoln appointed the first three territorial governors: John A. Gurley, John Noble Goodwin, and Richard C. McCormick; [...]

Fort McDowell

After the end of the Civil War in April, 1865 and about two-and-a-half years after Arizona became a territory, Fort McDowell was established about twenty miles southeast of future [...]

Mormon Girl Mine

In the 1870s, the mountain we know as Black Mountain was known as Mormon Boy Mountain.  An old prospector named Sweeney, along with his dependable burro Martha, found gold [...]

Frank “Mr. Cave Creek” Wright

He was known as “Mr. Cave Creek.”  When Frank W. Wright passed in 1982 at the age of eighty-nine, he had lived in Cave Creek for sixty years.  You [...]

Wickenburg Massacre

Sunday, November 5, 1871 was the end of the line for six passengers riding the Arizona Stage Line about six miles outside of Wickenburg, another died later, and one passenger lived [...]

Hohokam Shell Jewelry

The prehistoric Hohokam are known for their extensive canals in the Phoenix Basin. They are also known for their kiln-fired ceramic pottery and their legacy of pecked-petroglyphs found and [...]

Cave Creek Onyx

The Cave Creek mining district, one hundred and forty-four square miles, was known for gold, silver, and later “red gold” we know as copper. Early miners noticed ledges of [...]

The Three Sisters

The prehistoric Hohokam, the ingenious, canal-building farmers, developed “polycropping;” that is planting maize (corn), beans, and squash together.  This agrarian trinity became known as “The Three Sisters.”  Maize was [...]

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