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

Soldiers Hole

 
 
Soldiers Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 3, 2010
1. Soldiers Hole Marker
Inscription. During the Chiricahua Apache Campaign (1861-1886) cavalry troops on maneuvers camped here at a permanent source of water known as Soldiers Hole.

W. C. Sanderson and Ambrose Lyall struck artesian water nearby in 1883.

In 1892 a twelve-battery stamp mill was erected and a post office was established under the name "Descanso", meaning a haven of rest. A school was built which the Mormon settlers also used for their church.

When the railroad by-passed Soldiers Hole in 1909, its usefulness came to an end.

Cochise County Historical Society Whitewater/Elfrida L.D.S. Ward
The Grizzle Family The Cooper Family
Jim Collett
Rocks from the stamp mill were used for the monument.
 
Erected 2000 by Cochise County Historical Society, Whitewater/Elfrida L.D.S. Ward, The Grizzle Family, The Cooper Family, Jim Collett.
 
Location. 31° 42.007′ N, 109° 43.632′ W. Marker is near Elfrida, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on West Gleeson Road 2.5 miles west of Arizona Highway 191, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elfrida AZ 85610, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other
Soldiers Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 3, 2010
2. Soldiers Hole Marker
View to the northwest and Dragoon Mountains.
marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Gleeson Jail (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
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Soldiers Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 3, 2010
3. Soldiers Hole Marker
View to the northeast and the Chiricahua Mountains.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,341 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 8, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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