Gold, Greed and Glory: The Territorial History of Prescott and the Verde Valley 1864-1912


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Prior to 1864, the vast lands north of the Gila River in Arizona County, New Mexico Territory, were known only as Tierra Incognita, unknown lands, inhabited by the fierce Tonto Apache and Yavapai people. Gold remained a rumor there until 1863 when two mountain men, each leading separate expeditions, discovered it. One year later, President Abraham Lincoln declared Arizona a territory. Immediately the stampede for gold was underway, creating the inevitable conflict with the Native population. The Indians held the upper hand ...

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