Soldiers Hole
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member leadhiker
N 31° 42.007 W 109° 43.632
12R E 620617 N 3507901
Quick Description: Soldier's Hole was a stop on the Butterfield Stage route about 20 miles east of Tombstone and about 25 miles north of the Mexican border. It got its name from the fact soldiers and Apaches often camped beside its watering hole.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 5/15/2010 9:14:20 AM
Waymark Code: WM8V84
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 14

Long Description:
During the Chiricahua Apache Campaign (1861-1886) cavalry troops on maneuvers camped here at a permanent source of water known as Soldiers Hole.

W. C. Sanderson and Ambrose Lyall struck artesian water nearby in 1883.

In 1892 a twelve-battery stamp mill was erected and a post office was established under the name "Descanso", meaning a haven of rest. A school was built which the Mormon settlers also used for their church.

When the railroad by-passed Soldiers Hole in 1909, its usefulness came to an end.

Cochise County Historical Society •• Whitewater/Elfrida L.D.S. Ward
The Grizzle Family •• The Cooper Family
Jim Collett

Rocks from the stamp mill were used for the monument.
Marker Name: Soldiers Hole

Type of history commemorated: Place

County: Cochise

Name of any agency/ agencies setting marker:
Cochise County Historical Society, Whitewater/Elfrida L.D.S. Ward, The Grizzle Family, The Cooper Family, Jim Collett.

Year placed: 2000

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