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Civil War Battlefield of the West: Picacho Peak, Arizona

Picacho Peak at Sunset: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage Lender

~ Stormy Sunset at Picacho Peak ~

I'll bet you didn't know (until you stumbled across this little blog) that Tucson in 1862 was the western capital of the Confederate Arizona Territory.  It was.  Google it.

This peak, about 40 minutes northwest of Tucson (along Interstate 10) marks the site of the westerlymost battle of the Civil War.  It's called Picacho Peak, and I've stood on the very top of that granite outcropping you see there, snapping photos for you, and just enjoying the view.

Here's some of what you'll see on your way to the top:

On the way to the top: Mike in Tucson, Mortgage Lender

Can't you imagine the real life drama that unfolded down there, as the Confederate pickets defeated the Union Cavalry?  This was the era when Cochise led the Apaches.  It really was the Wild West!


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Comment balloon 32 commentsMike Jones • October 27 2010 12:47AM

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Your photos just amaze me. I love the bright colors and I can't believe that you don't copyright them! 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 9 years ago

Mike--That sunset picture is awesome...Very nice picture...Some Nice history here.

Posted by John Puplava, ABC Home Inspections,L.L.C. (ABC Home Inspections,L.L.C.) almost 9 years ago

That is marvelous.  A beautiful scenic view and a great mountain shot.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) almost 9 years ago

You are right, I didn't know that about Tucson Mike.  I love your tidbits and photography!

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) almost 9 years ago

Interesting post. Yes, it was the Wild, Wild West years ago...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

WOW!

And, a history lesson too.

Not to slight second photo.

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 9 years ago

I feel sure I was there in a previous life!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 9 years ago

Susie,

So come back home to visit!  :)

Bill,

I'm coming to Houston tomorrow for the Mastermind Event!

Michael,

It wasn't that long ago, and it still is the wild west!  Come visit!

Kate,

Thanks for stopping by to encourage this old photographer!

Tim,

Thanks for saying so!

John,

I'll see you on your blog!

Joni,

Life's short, and someone might be able to use a photo or two.  I make it easy for you.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 9 years ago

Mike...

No, I never knew that the Arizona Territory was in the Confederacy, or that a civil war battle was fought there! Great photos.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 9 years ago

Mike, we always learned the Civil War was between the Northern and Southern States. I didn't know it reached out to Arizona. Thanks for the history lesson and great photos.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 9 years ago

Lovely photos Mike. I really enjoy the way the dark cliff contrasts with the light landscape in the second photo.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

More great photos from the master of the lens!  Mike - always a pleasure to see your work!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the history lesson !!!! And great shots !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the history lesson !!!! And great shots !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 9 years ago

Michael,

You're welcome!  Twice!!

Tony & Suzanne,

Thanks for stopping by!

Aaron,

I bumped the contrast up to make those mountains on the horizon visible.  It's an awesome climb!

Michael,

I love history, and Google makes it so easy!

Richard,

Thanks for commenting.  There's a lot of unusual stuff out there for the looking.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 9 years ago

Mike: Good Post.  We lived in Casa Grande until 2005 and went to the Civil War reinactment at Picacho Peak in 2004.  I just came across the CD we bought at the reinactment featuring band music of the period.

Now we are near Wilson's Creek Battlefield near Springfield MO where the first significant Civil War Battle West of the Mississippi was fought.

Posted by Bob Hashbarger RE/MAX Solutions almost 9 years ago

I actually saw a re-enactment of that battle in that very spot several years ago. I was an extraordinary experience.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (Keller Williams Realty East Valley) almost 9 years ago

I've hiked Picacho Peak several times and even "re-created" the Civil War battle you wrote about on a Phoenix to Tucson audio tour tape for a company I co-owned years ago.  Is the Stuckey's still there along the interstate?

You should write about the Indian massacre of the Peralta gold miners on the slopes of the Superstitions where you begin the Apache Trail by Goldfield.  That's an interesting story.  Gold was found in old saddlebags even into the 20th century.

Posted by Rick Obst almost 9 years ago

Mike,

Only an avid and courageous photographer would go to the extend to be on the very top of that granite outcropping to snap some very beautiful photos to share with us here!   :)

The sunset at Picacho Peak you have captured for us is stunning!  Thank you.   

 

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR almost 9 years ago

Gerry,

The ascent isn't as difficult as it appears from the sunset photo perspective.  Last time I was up there, there was a 70 year old man on top.  There were also children.  It's worth your while if you're ever in Phoenix or Tucson.

Rick,

I'll have to look into that!  Thanks for your comment. (And the old Stuckey's is gone...)

Deanne,

Wish I had seen that.  The park is closed for lack of funds this year, I think.

Bob,

I have a Civil War Smith Carbine that I'd like to sell if you know any hard core re-enactment folk that might want it.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 9 years ago

Mike - fantastic photos as always. The colors are truly amazing. And good information as well!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 9 years ago

Fascinating.  Few realize how the far reach of the Civil War westward.

I believe I saw it in a movie some years ago.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I am a big Civil War buff. I am familier with this point. Great shot at that angle. History at its best.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 9 years ago

Spectacular shot!!!

You have a real gift.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) almost 9 years ago

Wow, what great pictures...  I can just imagine!  Great job.

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the great photos. Cochise huh? Too bad we ran them out of town during that time. I feel that is a sad time for America on how we treated the indians.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 9 years ago

Mike I am sorry I missed your post earlier so better late than never.....no I did not know that the Civil War's  Western Capital was here... I love learning history that I should have known:))) Fantastic panoramic pictures BTW.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 9 years ago

Endre,

It's always good to see you!  Thanks for stopping by.

Lyn,

We didn't do it.  That was then, and this is now.  Let's all do good toward each other today, and live in the moment.

Chris,

Thanks!

Bruce,

I appreciate the encouragement!

Harry,

Who do you know who would like to buy the Civil War carbine that I have in my gun safe?

Lenn,

I'd like to find out which movie that was.

Sharon,

Thanks for commenting!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 9 years ago

Mike - really nice shots here! If someone taught History in school this way - I would have paid attention more!

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate almost 9 years ago

April,

I was a teacher once...

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 9 years ago

I haven't been to the top - too afraid of heights.  I actually did know this piece of history.  Mom, in Tucson, told me. 

Great photos!!!

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) almost 9 years ago

I use Send out Cards to follow up with my prospects and Clients it is easy to do direct from my computer. A really card in the mail make an impression and many times I send brownies or Almonds with the card. Being able to send personalized picture makes the history come alive.

Posted by Mike Crosby, Placentia- Yorba Linda Real Estate - 714-742-2897 (Mike Crosby Realty) over 6 years ago

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