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3 days ago

Cave Creek Museum

Did you know that cattlemen and sheepherders fought over range land in Arizona?

The Pleasant Valley War began in 1882, and would last for ten, violent years until 1892. Disagreements and conflicts between the two parties were spurred on by land rights for grazing their livestock. Cattle theft was also common in this community due to the local Apache seeking food and fellow cowboys seeking easy beef profit.

The story does not stop there! Two families were involved, the cattle ranching Grahams and the sheep herding Tewksburys. These families led the settlers in the Pleasant Valley area to choose sides after the youngest Graham family member was killed in 1887 by a Tewksbury follower named James Houck. Two months later, another two cattlemen were killed while attempting to seek shelter at a cabin on neutral ground. Rumors rose that the Tewksbury group was responsible. The next month, two Tewksbury members, one being the oldest man in the family, were gunned down as they rode towards their family cabin. Attacks from both sides continued until 1882. Many lives were lost including writers who were seeking to document the events.

After assisting the Sheriff with hunting down Graham family members, Houck would eventually move to Cave Creek at the end of the war. The Pleasant Valley War ended in 1882 once the last Graham member was murdered.

References

Seckel, S. (2018, October 16). The unspoken price of the western gunfight. Retrieved from news.asu.edu/20181015-arizona-impact-pleasant-valley-war

Weiser, K. (2019). Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War. Retrieved from www.legendsofamerica.com/az-pleasantvalleywar/

Barnes, W. C. (1932). The Pleasant Valley War of 1887: Its Genesis, History and Necrology (Concluded). Arizona Historical Review. Retrieved from repository.arizona.edu/bitstream/handle/10150/623672/azu_h9791_a72_h6_04_04_art3_w.pdf?sequence=1...

Photo: circa 1901
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Did you know that cattlemen and sheepherders fought over range land in Arizona? 

The Pleasant Valley War began in 1882,  and would last for ten, violent years until 1892. Disagreements and conflicts between the two parties were spurred on by land rights for grazing their livestock. Cattle theft was also common in this community due to the local Apache seeking food and fellow cowboys seeking easy beef profit. 

The story does not stop there! Two families were involved, the cattle ranching Grahams and the sheep herding Tewksburys. These families led the settlers in the Pleasant Valley area to choose sides after the youngest Graham family member was killed in 1887 by a Tewksbury follower named James Houck. Two months later, another two cattlemen were killed while attempting to seek shelter at a cabin on neutral ground. Rumors rose that the Tewksbury group was responsible. The next month, two Tewksbury members, one being the oldest man in the family, were gunned down as they rode towards their family cabin. Attacks from both sides continued until 1882. Many lives were lost including writers who were seeking to document the events. 

After assisting the Sheriff with hunting down Graham family members, Houck would eventually move to Cave Creek at the end of the war. The Pleasant Valley War ended in 1882 once the last Graham member was murdered.

References

Seckel, S. (2018, October 16). The unspoken price of the western gunfight. Retrieved from https://news.asu.edu/20181015-arizona-impact-pleasant-valley-war

Weiser, K. (2019). Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War. Retrieved from https://www.legendsofamerica.com/az-pleasantvalleywar/

Barnes, W. C. (1932). The Pleasant Valley War of 1887: Its Genesis, History and Necrology (Concluded). Arizona Historical Review. Retrieved from https://repository.arizona.edu/bitstream/handle/10150/623672/azu_h9791_a72_h6_04_04_art3_w.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Photo: circa 1901 
www.cavecreekmuseum.org

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Hence thats why and where sheeps crossing came about

Thank you for this information of the history of AZ...I hope you continue...

My 5th grade teacher at O.L. Carlisle School in Somerton was George Tewksbury.

There was a cartoon about this. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hdKAznZ87U

5 days ago

Cave Creek Museum

The Cave Creek Museum would like to thank those who have renewed their memberships and those who are new members for the months of January and February.

The Museum is thankful for the participation of all members throughout its fifty-one years honoring local history.

January
- Pamela DiPietro
- Jim "Great Elk' Waters
- Lynette Gleitz-Cull
- Feather and Stone Consulting

February
- Susan Frederickson, El Pequeno Cielo
- Vicki King
- Judi Smith
- Daniel Slager
- Catherine Peterson
- Laura Willard
- Sarah Foster, Stone Creek Designs
- Nina Spitzer
- Terry Webb
- Robert Morris, Cave Creek Town Council
- Cathie Rosenbaum
- Conchetta Chess
- Yolande and Paul Grill
- Brad Grimm
- Steve Chryssochoos
- Curt Wieden, Infamous Pool Care
- Steve Alley, Infamous Pool Care
-Ellen"Miss Ellie" Alsever, Infamous Pool Care
- Lisa Loran
- Julie and Ron Wlliamson
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The Cave Creek Museum would like to thank those who have renewed their memberships and those who are new members for the months of January and February. 

The Museum is thankful for the participation of all members throughout its fifty-one years honoring local history. 

January
- Pamela DiPietro
- Jim Great Elk Waters
- Lynette Gleitz-Cull 
- Feather and Stone Consulting

February
- Susan Frederickson, El Pequeno Cielo 
- Vicki King
- Judi Smith 
- Daniel Slager
- Catherine Peterson 
- Laura Willard
- Sarah Foster, Stone Creek Designs
- Nina Spitzer 
- Terry Webb
- Robert Morris, Cave Creek Town Council
- Cathie Rosenbaum
- Conchetta Chess
- Yolande and Paul Grill
- Brad Grimm
- Steve Chryssochoos
- Curt Wieden, Infamous Pool Care
- Steve Alley, Infamous Pool Care 
-EllenMiss Ellie Alsever, Infamous Pool Care 
- Lisa Loran
- Julie and Ron Wlliamson
www.cavecreekmuseum.org
#cavecreekmuseumaz

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Are you open now?

So glad to be members... we are just The Grills like BBQ. No e at the end of our last name.

6 days ago

Cave Creek Museum

The Board Meeting will start in 20 minutes. Please click on the following link to attend the ZOOM Meeting.Board Meeting, Monday, February 22nd at 1:00PM

The Cave Creek Museum encourages all those who want to attend the Museum's Board Meeting on Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 1:00PM to watch from the Zoom link.

The Museum has limited space for attendance in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are thankful for your endless support and love of the Cave Creek Museum.

Topic: CCM BOARD MEETING
Time: Feb 22, 2021 01:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/89562203055?pwd=bVBEQXp4cEJJd0VhbG1RMjNhMUJFZz09

Meeting ID: 895 6220 3055
Passcode: SiEx8G
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The Board Meeting will start in 20 minutes.  Please click on the following link to attend the ZOOM Meeting.

1 week ago

Cave Creek Museum

Board Meeting, Monday, February 22nd at 1:00PM

The Cave Creek Museum encourages all those who want to attend the Museum's Board Meeting on Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 1:00PM to watch from the Zoom link.

The Museum has limited space for attendance in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are thankful for your endless support and love of the Cave Creek Museum.

Topic: CCM BOARD MEETING
Time: Feb 22, 2021 01:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/89562203055?pwd=bVBEQXp4cEJJd0VhbG1RMjNhMUJFZz09

Meeting ID: 895 6220 3055
Passcode: SiEx8G
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Board Meeting, Monday, February 22nd at 1:00PM

The Cave Creek Museum encourages all those who want to attend the Museums Board Meeting on Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 1:00PM to watch from the Zoom link. 

The Museum has limited space for attendance in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are thankful for your endless support and love of the Cave Creek Museum.

Topic: CCM BOARD MEETING
Time: Feb 22, 2021 01:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89562203055?pwd=bVBEQXp4cEJJd0VhbG1RMjNhMUJFZz09

Meeting ID: 895 6220 3055
Passcode: SiEx8G

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Marc Peagler

Sure seems it would have made mote sense to schedule this in the evening. I for one have appointments during the day.

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