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

Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out

 
 
Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
1. Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out Marker
Inscription. In 1878, this notorious outlaw gang clashed over dividing their loot. A heated gunfight occurred in the saddle of this hill and it is said that at least seven died. Here lie their last known remains.
 
Erected 2002 by Round Valley Positive Action Tourism Committee and Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arizona, Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour marker series.
 
Location. 34° 6.52′ N, 109° 18.278′ W. Marker is in Eagar, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker is on South River Road 0.1 miles south of West Central Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eagar AZ 85925, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Grist Mill Site (approx. half a mile away); Eagar Elementary School (approx. mile away); Oscar Jepson Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Joseph Udall Barn (approx. 0.8 miles away); Harry Colter Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Benjamin B. Crosby Home
Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
2. Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); William LeSueur Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rencher Home (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Eagar.
 
More about this marker. This is Marker Stop #6 on the Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour.
 
Regarding Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out. A stone slab next to the marker marks the location of the last known remains of the Snyder-Cavanaugh Gang, a notorious band of outlaws who came into the Little Colorado River country in 1878. They robbed and killed up and down the river and prompted Don Lorenzo Hubbell, the famous Indian trader to the Navajos, who then had a store in St. Johns, to buy guns and ammunition and arm the residents of St. Johns.

Led by Bill Cavanaugh, who also went by the alias of Snyder, the gang had a falling out over $12,000 in gold they had taken from a German whom they had robbed and killed. A gunfight erupted among them here that killed several gang members and left Cavanaugh-Snyder badly wounded. The remainder of the gang traveled down the river to St. Johns and got into a battle with Hubbell and the armed St. Johns residents and several more were killed. Upon their return to Springerville
Marker to the left of the Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
3. Marker to the left of the Snyder-Cavanaugh Shoot Out Marker
Three members of the gang are buried here.
they again met with resistance from the locals and the rest of the gang was killed. It is said that seven to nine gang members were buried on the hill overlooking the Eagar Sawmill, however when dirt was removed for the building of State Route 73 only the remains of three were found. These remains were relocated to this site and marked with this stone.
Source: The Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour Brochure.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,233 times since then and 35 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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