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Near Patagonia in Santa Cruz County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

John Ward's Ranch

 
 
John Ward's Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Mello, November 7, 2009
1. John Ward's Ranch Marker
Inscription. Arizona Pioneer Johnny Ward established a ranch here in 1858. In 1861 Indians kidnapped his Mexican stepson Felix Ward. Army officers assumed that local eastern Chiracahua Apaches were responsible, leading to the infamous conflict between Lt. Bascom and Cochise. In fact, the Pinal Band of the Western Apaches took Felix. John Ward died in 1867. The ranch was also the site of a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, a mining headquarters, a store, finally, a produce farm before it was abandoned in 1903
 
Erected 1991 by Interested Residents of the Region and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Location. 31° 30.686′ N, 110° 47.908′ W. Marker is near Patagonia, Arizona, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Patagonia Highway (Arizona Route 82 at milepost 16), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Patagonia AZ 85624, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cady Hall (approx. 3.2 miles away); Patagonia Depot (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mowry Mine (approx. 3.4 miles away); Camp Crittenden (approx. 11.8 miles away); Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino SJ
John Ward's Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 30, 2010
2. John Ward's Ranch Marker
Marker with stairs leading up to Telles Family Shrine.
(approx. 13.5 miles away); Grand Ave - Frank Reed School (approx. 13.6 miles away); Camp Stephen D. Little (approx. 13.9 miles away); Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races (approx. 14.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Patagonia.
 
More about this marker. Marker is damaged with what appears to be bullet holes.
 
Regarding John Ward's Ranch. There is additonal newer information about the the Bascom Affair that appears to discredit the officers' account of this historic episode.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Bascom Affair, Apache Pass - February 4, 1861. "One day in October, 1860, Apache Indians raided the ranch of John Ward on Sonoita Creek, plundered his house, took his son Mickey Free, and ran off all of his stock." (Submitted on November 8, 2009.) 

2. The Bascom Incident. (Submitted on November 8, 2009.)
3. George Bascom & Cochise, The Bascom Affair. Well researched, well-written account of this episode in local history, giving a balance to the distorted stories about Cochise. (Submitted on November 12, 2009, by Tim Mello of Patagonia, Arizona.) 

4. The Apaches-Paths To War. Just to give
John Ward's Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 30, 2010
3. John Ward's Ranch Marker
Marker with stairs leading up to Telles Family Shrine.
you an idea of the well-researched content on this link: ". . . The incident ignited a war that would not be resolved until 1872, with profound and far-reaching negative effects on just about every American, Mexican and Apache man, woman and child who lived in Arizona and New Mexico Territory. . . (Submitted on November 12, 2009, by Tim Mello of Patagonia, Arizona.) 
 
Additional keywords. Bascom Affair
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansNotable EventsSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Mello of Patagonia, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,889 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on , by Tim Mello of Patagonia, Arizona. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Tim Mello of Patagonia, Arizona.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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