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Kerny in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Kearny, Arizona

Named in Honor of Stephen Watts Kearny

 

—Brevet Major General U.S. Army —

 
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By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
1. Kearny, Arizona Marker
Inscription. At the outbreak of the Mexican War in 1846, President Polk directed Colonel Kearny to organize the so-called "Army of the West" and to lead it to Santa Fe and thence on to secure California. On August 18, 1846, Kearny claimed the area of Santa Fe for the United States and organized a civil government.

Dividing his forces near Socorro, New Mexico, and with Kit Carson serving as guide, Kearny proceeded on the long march to California with 100 dragoons.

The official log of this trip, kept by Lt. William H. Emory, records under the dates of November 5 and 6, 1846, that the group camped near the junction of the Gila and San Pedro rivers near the town of Winkelman, Arizona. On November 7, 1846, they journeyed down the Gila passing near this marker and camped that night at the junction of the Gila River and a creek named by Lt. Emory as "Mineral Creek" on which the now famous mines of Ray, Arizona are located.

General Kearny has often been called the "Father of the United States Cavalry" statesman as well as soldier, he was Military Governor of New Mexico where he had established a code of laws known as the Kearny Code which has continued as a basis of the laws of that state to this date. He was also Military Governor of California and two great foreign cities, Vera Cruz and Mexico City. General Kearny died
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By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
2. Dedication Plaque
Presented to the town of Kearny by John W. Galbreath Development Corp.
Dedicated on May 12, 1962 by Paul J. Fannin, Governor of Arizona.
at St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 54 of fever contracted during his service in Mexico.

Born 1794 - Died 1848

 
Erected 1962 by John W. Galbreath Development Corp.
 
Location. 33° 3.52′ N, 110° 54.323′ W. Marker is in Kerny, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker is on Alden Road north of Upton Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 331 Alden Road, Kearny AZ 85137, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Porter Air Locomotive (a few steps from this marker); Sonora, Arizona (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Kearny, Arizona. The town's website details the history of the town and the area. (Submitted on August 8, 2010.) 
 
Categories. MilitarySettlements & SettlersWar, Mexican-American
 
Kearny, Arizona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
3. Kearny, Arizona Marker
Kearny, Arizona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
4. Kearny, Arizona Marker
Marker is on monument under palm trees.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 828 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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