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Near Springerville in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Escudilla Mountain

 
 
Escudilla Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
1. Escudilla Mountain Marker
Inscription. Due south rises the 3rd tallest peak in AZ, revered by conservationist, Aldo Leopold Escudilla was home to Ike Clanton of OK Corral fame & Arizona's last grizzly bear. In fall, the north slope is golden with Aspen covering the 23,000 acre fire of '51. To your right, "Valle Redondo" nestles against the mountains.
 
Erected 2002 by Round Valley Positive Action Tourism Committee and Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arizona, Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour marker series.
 
Location. 34° 8.721′ N, 109° 13.196′ W. Marker is near Springerville, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker is on U.S. 60 at milepost 392, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springerville AZ 85938, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Slaughter Family Cemetary (approx. 3.6 miles away); White Mountain Historical Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); Springerville Schoolhouse (approx. 3.6 miles away); Peter Thompson Home & Blacksmith Shop (approx. 3.7
Escudilla Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
2. Escudilla Mountain Marker
miles away); Arizona Cooperative Mercantile Institution (approx. 3.7 miles away); Presbyterian & Catholic Churchs (approx. 3.8 miles away); Becker's Transcontinental Garage (approx. 3.8 miles away); Baca Home (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Springerville.
 
More about this marker. This is marker Stop #1 on the Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour.
 
Regarding Escudilla Mountain. At 10,955 feet, Escudilla Mountain is the third highest peak in Arizona. It is not known if the name is from Coronado’s 1540 expedition in search of the seven cities of gold or from Spanish shepherds from New Mexico searching for grazing lands, but the name is Spanish and means bowl or basin. These mountains were home to the last of Arizona’s grizzly bears. Famed mountain man Ben Lilly is reported to have wounded a grizzly and trailed it into a cave, then killed it with his knife. After taking measurements, following government standards of that time and shipping it to the Smithsonian, it is reputed to be the largest grizzly taken on the North American continent.

Later
Escudilla Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
3. Escudilla Mountain Marker
To your right, "Valle Redondo" nestles against the mountains.
the mountains became home to outlaws, such as Ike and Phin Clanton following their shootout with the Earps in Tombstone. Settlers in the area had to deal with their cattle rustling and other “outlaw” activities. It is stated that Ike Clanton was eventually gunned down in 1887 by Springerville deputy Brighton and Phin was sent to the Territorial Prison in Yuma.
Source: The Pistols, Plows and Petticoat Historic Driving Tour Brochure.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 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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