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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Chief Trumpeter

Sculptor/Artist: Dan Bates

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
1. The Chief Trumpeter Marker
Inscription. This statue was erected in February 1991 to honor the enlisted men who served in the Southwest during the Apache Wars in the 1870s and 1880s. It was cast in bronze by Desert Crucible, Inc., of Tucson. One and one-half times life-size, it stands fourteen feet high and weighs 3,000 pounds. The uniform and equipment represent Army regulation of 1884. Local contributions paid the entire cost; no taxpayer money was used in the project.

Each dawn the man and steed of bronze
Stand fast where traffic flows,
Near the gates of Old fort Lowell
Where the Army's pride still shows.

In tribute to both man ans steed
They face toward the west;
and those who served it best.

As desert storms bring swirling dust
When day is almost done;
He patiently awaits the
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
2. The Chief Trumpeter Marker
dawn
And the summer's blazing sun.

Proud citizens of Tucson
And many tourists who pass by
Now relive a part of history
As they gaze toward the sky.

He still performs his duties
In the heat and driving rain,
A rigid mounted trumpeter
Sending notes across a plain.

The notes of reveille and paycall
Stir thoughts of running feet;
Many other calls soon follow
Before he sounds retreat.

With the Catalina Mountains
Towering high above his head,
His final call is loud and clear,
Taps – in honor of the dead.

Poem by Harry A Koch

 
Erected 1999 by Arizona State Society, Daughters of the American Colonists.
 
Location. 32° 15.626′ N, 110° 52.498′ 
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
3. The Chief Trumpeter
W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker is on North Craycroft Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900 North Craycroft Road, Tucson AZ 85712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fort Lowell Flagstaff (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarter's Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Rugged Pioneer Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Depot and Post Trader (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Lowell (about 300 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Post Hospital (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWars, US Indian
 
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
4. The Chief Trumpeter
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 244 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 31, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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