Springerville in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
James Hale Shooting
Erected 2002 by Round Valley Positive Action Tourism Committee and Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 19.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Arizona, Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1931.
Location. 34° 7.968′ N, 109° 17.181′ W. Marker is in Springerville, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker is on South Mountain Avenue (Business U.S. 180), on the right when traveling south. Marker is about 300 feet south of East Main Street (US 60, US 180 and US 191). 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 walking distance of this marker. El Rio Theatre (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Madonna of the Trail (about 400 feet away); Springerville World War I MemorialWhite Mountain Hospital (about 500 feet away); Becker's Transcontinental Garage (about 500 feet away); Baldonado Home (about 700 feet away); Presbyterian & Catholic Churchs (about 800 feet away); Baca Home (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springerville.
More about this marker. This is Marker Stop #19 on the Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour.
Regarding James Hale Shooting. On Christmas Day, 1886, James Hale was shot to death here in front of the Brighton Saloon by what the St. Johns Herald called “reckless gunfire.” Witnesses reported that Billy Evans, also known as “Jack Diamond” and Jack Timberline”, shot Hale just to see if a bullet would go through a Mormon.
Source: The Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour Brochure.
This is my Grandmother Thora Hale Rothlisbergers Great Grandfather. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of a Great Man of God. Charla
— Submitted December 7, 2010, by Charla LeAnn Neff Seger of Ulysses, Kansas.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,240 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 3. submitted on June 30, 2018, by Lisa Egglston of Sho Low, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.