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

Apache Spring

 
 
Apache Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
1. Apache Spring Marker
Inscription. Pottery fragments found around Apache Spring suggest it was used by prehistoric Mogollon Indians before the Apache arrived. Journals of early Spanish explorers described Apache trails radiating from the spring. The Butterfield Trail was constructed through Apache Pass simply to take advantage of the precious spring water. Disputes over the spring water caused a raging conflict between Cochise and California Volunteers over a century ago. Without Apache Spring, there might not have been a stage station, of a Fort Bowie.

Apache Spring provided water for the first Fort Bowie – located on the hill to your right. It has quenched many a historic thirst. Yet today, we cannot guarantee the spring's purity. Please drink only water provided at the visitor center ( mile).
 
Location. 32° 8.739′ N, 109° 26.441′ W. Marker is near Bowie, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker can be reached from Fort Bowie Trail 1.2 miles 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. First Fort Bowie (about
Apache Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
2. Apache Spring Marker
Spring is at dark spot in center of photo.
600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Trader (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Apache Pass; July 15-16, 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Infantry Barracks (approx. mile away); Second Fort Bowie (approx. mile away); Quartermaster Storehouse (approx. mile away); The Chiricahua Apache Indian Agency (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cavalry Mess Hall and Kitchen (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowie.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Apache Spring image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 8, 2017
3. Apache Spring
 
 
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 308 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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