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

Neil and Emma Erickson

 
 
Neil and Emma Erickson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, June 4, 2020
1. Neil and Emma Erickson Marker
Inscription.  
The military campaigns against the
Apaches brought them together.
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Young Neil Erickson came to America from Sweden. He joined the army and was promoted to 1st Sergeant in the 4th Cavalry at Fort Craig, New Mexico. While stationed there he net another Swedish immigrant, Emma Peterson, and fell in love. Emma was a maid and companion to the wife of a colonel. Army life separated them for a few years, but were reunited at Fort Bowie in 1886, and married the following year.

After Neil's discharge, the Ericksons came to Bonita Canyon to live. Neil had little interest in farming or ranching, and was often away doing construction work in mining communities. Emma stayed home with the children, tending the garden and the livestock.

Neil became a forest ranger in 1903, and his career took him to many parts of the Arizona Territory. The management of Faraway Ranch fell to the oldest of his three children, Lillian.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
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0.486′ N, 109° 22.369′ W. Marker is near Willcox, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Faraway Trail north of East Bonita Canyon Road. Marker is in the Chiricahua National Monument about 1/2 mile from the entrance station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Willcox AZ 85643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ed Riggs (here, next to this marker); Faraway Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Erickson Family Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Ericksons: Pioneer Settlers (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Chiricahua Apache (approx. 0.9 miles away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (approx. 10.1 miles away); Cavalry Barracks (approx. 10.1 miles away); Infantry Barracks (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willcox.
 
<i>Photos on</i> Neil and Emma Erickson Marker image. Click for full size.
circa June 4, 2020
2. Photos on Neil and Emma Erickson Marker
Neil and Emma Erickson Marker <i>at the far left</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, June 4, 2020
3. Neil and Emma Erickson Marker at the far left
Faraway Ranch Marker is at the far right, and Ed Riggs Marker is in the center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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