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Elfrida in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Camp John A. Rucker A Military Outpost

Stood on This Site 1878 - 1880

 
 
Camp John A. Rucker A Military Outpost Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, April 11, 2011
1. Camp John A. Rucker A Military Outpost Marker
Inscription. Lt. John A. Rucker, 6th Cav. U.S.A. perished in proximity in flooded White River July 11, 1878 attempting to save life of Lt. Austin Henely

Also on this site 1884-1943 ranch headquarters of
Gray - Hampe - Rak

 
Erected 1973 by Arizona State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 31° 45.409′ N, 109° 22.217′ W. Marker is in Elfrida, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from North Tex Canyon Road mile east of East Rucker Canyon Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elfrida AZ 85610, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Rucker Timeline (approx. 0.7 miles away); Camp Rucker and the Indian Scouts (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Camp Rucker Ranch (approx. mile away); John Ringo (approx. 8.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The site no longer has any signs on the road that indicate its existance. The National Park Service removed the signs and deferred maintenance of
Camp John A. Rucker A Military Outpost Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, April 11, 2011
2. Camp John A. Rucker A Military Outpost Marker
the area as a result of the budget cuts in 2009. The camp is approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection of Rucker Canyon Road and North Tex Canyon road. The camp is on the North side of the road.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Anthony Rucker, First Lieutenant, United States Army. The Arlington National Cemetery website details the event that took his life and offers information on Camp Rucker. (Submitted on April 29, 2011.) 

2. Camp Rucker. First known as Camp Supply it housed a mounted infantry unit. Name was changed in 1878 after the drowning of Lt. Rucker. (Submitted on April 29, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
Sign for Officers Quarters image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, April 11, 2011
3. Sign for Officers Quarters
Camp records indicate that officers as well as enlisted men lived in stockaded tents, that is, structures with vertical log walls and canvas roofs. This building, currently known as the “Officers Quarters” may have been constructed in 1880 when the Camp Rucker building program was underway, however no documentation has been found to verify it. The structure had been built by 1896 as indicated by an inscription in the doorway.
Officers Quarters image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, April 11, 2011
4. Officers Quarters
Commissary and Bakery image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, April 11, 2011
5. Commissary and Bakery
The adobe walls of the commissary are in the foreground and the bakery is in the background
Trader's Quarters image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, April 11, 2011
6. Trader's Quarters
Camp Rucker Ranch Residence image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, April 11, 2011
7. Camp Rucker Ranch Residence
Barn at Camp Rucker Ranch image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, April 11, 2011
8. Barn at Camp Rucker Ranch
Site Map Close-Up From the Nearby Camp Rucker Timeline Interpretive Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti
9. Site Map Close-Up From the Nearby Camp Rucker Timeline Interpretive Marker
Reproduced from Major General Irving McDowell's Outline Description of Military Posts in the Military District of the Pacific, 1879.
 
 
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