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.
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 www.cavecreekmuseum.org #cavecreekmuseumaz... See MoreSee Less