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Springerville in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

James Hale Shooting

 
 
James Hale Shooting Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
1. James Hale Shooting Marker
Inscription. On Dec. 25, 1886, James Hale was gunned down here in front of the Brighton Saloon. His accused was never brought to trial. In 1894 this site, then called Hunter's Hall, held the first Presbyterian services in the Round Valley.
 
Erected 2002 by Round Valley Positive Action Tourism Committee and Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arizona, Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour marker series.
 
Location. 34° 7.968′ N, 109° 17.181′ W. Marker is in Springerville, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker is on South Mountain Avenue (Business U.S. 180), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about 300 feet south of East Main Street (US 60, US 180 and US 191). Marker is in this post office area: Springerville AZ 85938, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Rio Theatre (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Madonna of the Trail (about 400 feet away); White Mountain Hospital (about 500 feet away); Becker's Transcontinental Garage (about 500 feet away); Baldonado Home
James Hale Shooting Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
2. James Hale Shooting Marker
(about 700 feet away); Presbyterian & Catholic Churchs (about 800 feet away); Baca Home (about 800 feet away); Arizona Cooperative Mercantile Institution (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springerville.
 
More about this marker. This is Marker Stop #19 on the Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour.
 
Regarding James Hale Shooting. On Christmas Day, 1886, James Hale was shot to death here in front of the Brighton Saloon by what the St. Johns Herald called “reckless gunfire.” Witnesses reported that Billy Evans, also known as “Jack Diamond” and Jack Timberline”, shot Hale just to see if a bullet would go through a Mormon.
Source: The Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour Brochure.
 
Additional comments.
1. Decendant
This is my Grandmother Thora Hale Rothlisbergers Great Grandfather. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of a Great Man of God. Charla
    — Submitted December 7, 2010, by Charla LeAnn Neff Seger of Ulysses, Kansas.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,555 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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