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

The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency Marker
Inscription. The Story: U.S. Indian Agent Thomas Jeffords governed some 900 Chiricahua Apaches here in 1875-76, under the vigilance of the U.S. Army at Fort Bowie.

Cochise, Chiricahua chieftain and friend of Jeffords, died in 1874, leaving the band divided in leadership and conduct. Some Apaches lingered on the reservation, while others slipped away to plunder Mexican settlements.

In June 1876, the government removed Jeffords and moved 325 Apaches northward to the San Carlos Reservation. However, many escaped and fled to distant sanctuaries to renew hostilities for another decade.

The Building; in 1984, archeologists excavated these remains of a late 19th century adobe building-most notably the Jeffords agency. The building had fireplaces for each of the three rooms and wooden flooring. Bits of adobe plaster and white-washed wood were found inside. The rock shelf in front of the building suggests a porch. Typical buildings of the period had flat roofs covered with brush and earth, and small windows with deep sills. A likely corral behind the building penned agency stock.

To slow the weathering of the newly exposed walls, they've been stabilized with adobe plaster. The ruins are extremely fragile. Please stay off the walls.
 
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The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency Marker
8.819′ N, 109° 26.75′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail one mile south of Apache Pass Road. Touch for map. Marker is located along the trail at the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. For most visitors access to the fort is via a 1.5 mile hiking trail of moderate difficulty. Marker is in this post office area: Bowie AZ 85605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Apache Pass; July 15-16, 1862 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Cemetery (about 800 feet away); The Butterfield Overland Mail (approx. mile away); The Stage Station Ruin (approx. mile away); Bascom-Cochise Meeting Site (approx. mile away); The Bascom Affair (approx. 0.3 miles away); Apache Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away); Parke Camp Site (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
3. The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency
The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
4. The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 236 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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