Near Springerville in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Erected 2002 by Round Valley Positive Action Tourism Committee and Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Arizona, Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour series list.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springerville AZ 85938, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 SchoolhousePeter Thompson Home & Blacksmith Shop (approx. 3.7 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). Touch for a list and map 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 the mountains became home to outlaws, such as Ike and Phin Clanton
Source: The Pistols, Plows and Petticoat Historic Driving Tour Brochure.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,284 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.