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GATEWAY TO THE

Winter

2021 FREE


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Table of Contents

Welcome to the

Winter 2022

Edition of Gateway

Safford, Clifton

Clifton Hotel offers a touch of the late 1800s ... ... ...4

Adventure Awaits You in Clifton, Arizona ... ... ... ...5

Safford Old Time Fiddle Contest returns.. ... ... ... ...7

Ginaveve’s: From courthouse to coffee house.. ... ...8

Apache Junction

Superstition Mountain Museum’s Free Lectures .. .10

Looking Back: Picturing the trail.. ... ... ... ... ... ... .15

San Carlos

Apache Clan Project continues . ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .12

Globe

1916 Historic Globe Train Depot.. ... ... ... ... ... ... .17

Sitting for the camera in early Globe ... ... ... ... ... .24

Globe Rotary Dominion Royale ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .25

Map ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...20, 21

Queen Creek

Golf Benefit for Queen Valley Fire Department ... .22

Superior

Boyce Thompson Arboretum ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .30

Miami

Bullion Plaza Museum exhibit.. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .32

Roosevelt

Building a destination spot on Roosevelt Lake. ... .34

Young

A bridge less traveled ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .36

Local photographers submit winter images .. ...23, 37

Antiques, art and more.. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .39

Arizona Silver Belt

PO Box 31

298 N. Pine St.

Copper Country

News

PO Box 1692

298 N. Pine St.

Globe, AZ 85502

928-425-7121

www.silverbelt.com

Globe, AZ 85502

928-425-0355

www.coppercountrynews.com

Gateway Staff

To advertise in the Gateway to the

Copper Corridor, contact:

~Publisher-GM, Monica Watson

mwatson@silverbelt.com

~Sales Representative, Kathy Riley

kriley@silverbelt.com

~Composing, Jon Cook

~Editorial, Andrea Justice and David Sowders

ajustice@silverbelt.com; dsowders@silverbelt.com

Contributors:

Paul Wolterbeek, Elizabeth Eaton, Deborah

Yerkovich, Allie Tolman

Cover photo:

Deborah Yerkovich

Who needs snow? Residents of the Copper Corridor agree that there

is something enchanting about an Arizona winter with no snow. A slight

frost clinging to the cacti along with low-bearing clouds assembled across

a pastel sky, make up an ideal Arizona winter day. We have no need for

snow shovels, just jackets.

Cover photo was taken by Deborah Yerkovich

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Clifton Hotel

offers a touch of

the late 1800s

In 1890 Judge George Hormeyer built the Central

Hotel in Clifton, Arizona. Hormeyer’s wife,

Julia, ran the hotel until 1945. The first floor

was built of slag block, a by-product of the mining

process. The second floor, built of brick, was added

in 1901. In its heyday the hotel was a destination

for executives and dignitaries from both stateside

and abroad, who came to the area for copper claims.

After 1945 the hotel changed hands several times

and eventually became an apartment building.

During the devastating flood of 1983, the hotel took

on over six feet of water and, sadly, was abandoned.

Fast forward to 34 years later . . . In 2017, Matt

and Karen Frye bought the Central Hotel and

changed the name to the Clifton Hotel. They began

renovating, with the intention of restoring the hotel

to its former glory. From foundation to roof, and

everything in between, the hotel was restored to its

original beauty. There are eight rooms, each with a

kitchenette and bath, some with clawfoot tubs. The

wallpaper transports guests back to the late 1800s,

and the rooms are appointed with antiques from the

period. The Fryes added a commercial kitchen and

a bar; the bar back is from a building on historical

Chase Creek Street, and dates back to 1904.

The hotel and bar are a wonderful destination for

travelers and an ideal resting place for those traveling

the Devil’s Highway on motorcycles. And it’s a

great place to stop off and have a drink, play pool

and enjoy some appetizers.

Is the hotel haunted? Let’s just say there is a

wealth of unexplained phenomena. Those who do

have an experience always report that it was pleasant

and that the hotel has a very positive feel.

For more information on the Clifton Hotel, call

(928) 215-6876 or email clifton.hotel.info@gmail.

com.

Courtesy photos

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Adventure Awaits You in Clifton, Arizona

Clifton, Arizona

is fortunate to be

surrounded by

spectacular natural beauty

as well as copper, gold

and molybdenum ore that

has been extracted for

over 145 years.

The surprising thing is

that it is such a well-kept

secret. You might want to

check the town out firsthand,

as it is extraordinary.

Here you can see a vast

array of birds (hummers,

neo-tropicals, eagles), Mexican

grey wolves, brown

bears, elk, rare Arizona native

fish, bighorn sheep,

ring-tailed cats, javelina,

coatimundi - the list goes on

and on.

Visit the Clifton Museum

as you peruse historic

Chase Creek Street, with

many old buildings restored

and offering a wide selection

of items; walk in the

paths of famous spiritualist

and healer Teresita (she

lived and died in Clifton);

travel the scenic Black Hills

Back Country Byway; fish

the streams; photograph

the scenery; get locked in

the cavernous Clifton jail

(the tiny entrance belies its

immensity); climb aboard

the Copperhead rail engine;

check out the old electric

shovel - Clifton has something

for everyone (did I

mention the hot springs?).

With the Gila River’s

largest tributary, the San

Francisco River, flowing

through town, Clifton’s citizens

are currently working

towards establishing a kayaking

and rafting experience

with a town beach park adjacent

to US Highway 191. At

an elevation of 3,500 feet,

the town’s highest temperatures

average 10 degrees F

cooler than Arizona’s major

cities.

Just six miles upriver, the

Morenci Mine is the largest

open-pit copper mine in all

of North America at over

100 square miles. There is a

beautiful new mine overlook

to enjoy at milepost 174 on

your drive up Highway 191.

Railroad buffs love to watch

the intricate dance between

the Morenci mine train and

the Eastern Arizona Railroad

at the historic Clifton

transfer yard.

For thrill seekers, Highway

191 (formerly US 666

- “The Devil’s Highway”)

winds 75 miles through lush

wilderness to Alpine. Prudent

driving requires three

hours to make the trip - one

way! With all the surrounding

hills, I have always

wanted to try hang gliding,

and hot air ballooning views

have to be the best.

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Safford Old Time Fiddle Contest returns

Courtesy photo/David Bell

Participants take the stage at one of Safford’s old-time fiddling contests.

After a largely quiet year, the

Agriculture Building at the

Graham County Fairgrounds

will once again ring with the sounds

of fiddle and guitar as the Eastern Arizona

Old Time Fiddlers Association

brings back their annual contest, running

from February 11-13.

The Eastern Arizona Old Time Fiddlers

Association held its first fiddle

contest in Dragoon in 1979. It continued

there for four years, then moved to

Grandma’s Ballroom in Kansas Settlement

for the next two years. The event

has been held in Safford ever since,

and has become one of the largest fiddle

contests in Arizona.

For more information on this year’s

contest, contact the Graham County

Chamber of Commerce at (928) 428-

2511.

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Courtesy photo/Graham County Historical Society

An early 1900s photo of the Taylor’s Cyclone Store in downtown Safford’s

Riggs Building

Ginaveve’s:

From

courthouse

to coffee

house

BY DAVID SOWDERS

Assistant Editor

In 1901 cattleman J.J. Riggs built what

was then the highest two-story building

in Safford, Arizona. A hundred

and twenty years later, still standing on a

corner of Main Street, that structure is the

home of Ginaveve’s Marketplace and The

Main Street Bean coffee house.

The Riggs Building started out, in part,

as a general store – Taylor’s Cyclone

Store, which did business on the first floor

from 1901 to 1904. Upstairs, the building

housed a Masonic Hall. The first building

in town to have concrete sidewalks around

it, through the years it was home to such

stores as Young & Ridgway and Settles

Market. In 1915-1916 the Riggs Building

even served as a temporary courthouse

while the current Graham County Courthouse

was being built, and was the site of

county offices.

In 2012 John and Jenny Howard bought

the building and opened Ginaveve’s Marketplace

on the ground floor. Starting out

as a gift shop, two years later Ginaveve’s

branched out to carry olive oils, balsamic

vinegars, olives, flavored pastas and other

gourmet foods - all of which they still

offer. In 2016 the store’s kitchen was expanded

to introduce panini sandwiches,

and a variety of gelatos were added.

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

In 2021, the Riggs Building is home to Ginaveve’s Marketplace and The

Main Street Bean. See GINAVEVE’S, page 9

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Continued from page 8

Their next venture, The Main

Street Bean – a place where friends

gather to enjoy a wonderful venue,

amazing coffee and paninis, and

conversation – opened in 2018. The

Main Street Bean features a variety

of coffee and tea drinks, panini sandwiches,

a range of homemade crepes

on Saturday mornings, and indoor

seating along with a recently installed

outside parklet. Future plans include

adding dinner nights and live music,

and Jenny Howard also hopes to introduce

wine and craft beer tastings.

The business has been so successful

they were recently able to open

a drive-through coffee shop on US

Highway 70, the Tiny Bean.

Ginaveve’s Marketplace and The

Main Street Bean are located at 401

W. Main St. in Safford. Hours are

Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.

to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

Top: Customers enjoy

the coffee and atmosphere

at Ginaveve’s

Marketplace/The Main

Street Bean in Safford.

Left: Main Street Bean

baristas prepare customers’

drink orders.

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Superstition Mountain Museum’s

Free Lecture Series

The Superstition

Mountain Museum

is pleased to

announce that it will once

again be hosting its free

lecture series “Legends and

Lore of the Superstitions

and More.” These lectures,

which run from January to

April, bring together local

scholars, personalities, historians,

artists and authors

to introduce attendees to

the rich culture of our region.

Lectures are held Thursday

afternoons at 2 p.m.

in the Museum’s outdoor

amphitheater. To enjoy the

presentations fully, attendees

are requested to bring

a lawn chair, hat and sunscreen.

Attendees are reminded

not to smoke or to leave

their pets in a vehicle.

Coffee and cookies will

be available for purchase,

with proceeds going to the

museum for continuing educational

programs. Come

early and have lunch on the

grounds; food will be available

for purchase.

Featured presenters and

dates this year are:

January 27 - Dutch Hunters

Roundtable

Wayne Tuttle and a panel

of modern prospectors

Listen in while these

modern-day prospectors

scratch the gold seeker’s

itch.

February 3 - Kurt Cava-

no

Arizona’s Four Peaks

Amethyst Mine

Mine owner Kurt Cavano

shares the history of this

mine and his adventures in

working it.

February 10 - Jay Cravath

Honky Tonks, Brothels

and Mining Camps: Entertainment

in Old Arizona

Jay Cravath shares stories

and plays music of a

time when performing live

was the only way to enjoy

the arts.

February 17 - Native

American Storytelling

Featuring Members of

Yellow Bird Productions

In conjunction with our

Native American Arts Festival,

this lecture includes

members of the world-renowned

Yellow Bird Indian

Dancers.

February 24 - Bob Boze

Bell

Courtesy photo

Tales of “True West”

Magazine (Lecture sponsored

by Museum Pros)

Bob Boze Bell tells tales

of his time with “True

West” magazine, which

he’s owned as a partner

since 1999.

March 3 - Christine Reid

History of Snake Oil

Salesmen, Scams and

Hoaxes

This lecture illustrates

some of the most famous

and some of the lesser

known embarrassing scams

and hoaxes that have found

the gullible in Arizona.

March 10 - Porfirio Gutierrez

and others

Mexican Artistry and

Weaving Traditions

Zapotec master weaver

Porfirio Gutierrez discusses

Zapotec weaving traditions,

and potter Lila Silveira provides

perspective on life in

the village of Mata Ortiz.

March 17 - Lisa Schnebly

Heidinger

How We Survived Prohibition

(100 Years Ago)

Hear stories of how places

you can still drink at

today made it through the

speakeasy era, and what

makes some of our other

historic watering holes

memorable.

March 24 - Jan Cleere

Nevertheless She Persisted!

Women Who Made

a Difference on the Arizona

Frontier

Meet an array of women

who endured trouble

and hardships, along with

amazing feats and triumphs,

during the territory’s

early days.

March 31 - Richard

Lapidus

Venomous Snakes and

Treating Snakebites

Richard Lapidus introduces

attendees to the

amazing world of venomous

Arizona reptiles.

April 7 - Vince Simpson

Early Railroading in Arizona

Vince Simpson talks

about the role railroads

played in the building of

Arizona.

For more information

on the lectures, visit superstitionmountainmuseum.

org or call 480-983-4888.

The Superstition Mountain

Museum is located at 4087

E. Apache Trail (SR88) in

Apache Junction.

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Nnee Bich’o Nii Services

Apache Transit

(928) 475-5023 or (928) 475-5024

Safford to Globe Route

Monday through Friday

(except for Federal & Tribal Holidays)

Do you need a ride from Safford to Globe? Or Globe to Safford? Or

maybe you want to spend some leisurely time at the Apache Gold

Casino. Let Nnee Bich’o Nii’s Apache Transit take you there and back

again in their state-of-the-art buses. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall,

Apache Transit will get you their safely and comfortably. All buses are

modified to meet Center for Disease Control regulations and Americans

with Disabilities Act. Let the friendly drivers do the driving while you take

in the sights.

San Carlos Post Office No Stop No Stop 4:35 PM

San Carlos Marketplace No Stop No Stop 4:38 PM

Noline’s Country Store 6:40 AM 10:55 AM 4:45 PM

Game & Fish No Stop No Stop *If Needed

San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corp. 6:50 AM 11:00 AM 4:55 PM

Navajo Point 7:10 AM 11:25 AM 5:15 PM

Assembly of God 7:15 AM 11:28 AM 5:18 PM

Mt. Turnbull Apache Market 7:20 AM 11:30 AM 5:20 PM

Ft. Thomas High School 7:35 AM No Stop

Pima Post Office *If Needed *If Needed

Eastern Arizona College 7:55 AM 12:05 PM

Safford D.E.S. Office *If Needed *If Needed

Safford M.V.D. Office *If Needed *If Needed

Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center *If Needed *If Needed

Wal-Mart (Safford) 8:10 AM 12:20 PM

Wal-Mart (Safford) 8:15 AM 1:20 PM

Safford M.V.D. Office 8:20 AM 1:30 PM

Safford D.E.S. Office *If Needed *If Needed

Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center *If Needed *If Needed

Eastern Arizona College 8:30 AM 1:35 PM

Pima Post Office *If Needed *If Needed

Mt. Turnbull Apache Market 9:05 AM 2:10 PM

Assembly of God 9:07 AM 2:12 PM

Navajo Point 9:10 AM 2:15 PM

San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corp. 9:33 AM 2:40 PM

Noline’s Country Store 9:40 AM 2:45 PM

Basha’s 9:45 AM 2:55 PM

Apache Burger *If Needed *If Needed

Apache Gold Casino 10:15 AM 3:10 PM

Globe Ready 2 Go 10:20 AM 3:20 PM

Train Depot / Dollar General 10:25 AM 3:35 PM

Apache Gold Casino 10:35 AM 4:00 PM

Fares Elders (55 years and older) Ride for FREE!

At the END of the afternoon

route, the driver can drop

off passengers at Basha’s,

Noline’s or the Casino.

*If Needed.

Please call

Apache Transit at

(928) 475-5023 or

(928) 475-5024

to request a pick-up at

If Needed locations only.

Connects with Copper

Mountain

Transit.

San Carlos Local $1.00 Bylas to Fort Thomas $1.00

San Carlos to Apache Gold $1.50 Bylas to San Carlos $1.50

San Carlos to Globe $1.50 Bylas to Safford $2.50

San Carlos to Safford $3.50 Fort Thomas to Safford $1.50

Bylas to Apache Gold $3.00 Noline’s Country Store to Fort Thomas $2.00

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Apache

Clan Project

continues

The Apache Clan Project continues from the

San Carlos Apache Culture Center Museum.

The Project involves taking tribal members

back to their clan homelands, since most if not all

tribal members were forced by the US government

to come to the San Carlos area. The Project will

also have Clan Workshops in all districts of the reservation

and the last Clan Workshop is scheduled

for February for the Seven Mile Wash district. It

will end the Project with an Apache Clan Conference

later in the spring in the San Carlos area, and

T-shirts with the 30 larger clan names on them will

be given to conference attendees. Vehicle stickers

with clan names on them are also given to people

who attend the workshops.

Courtesy photo See APACHE, page 13

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Continued from page 12

Clan Pilgrimages have been

made to the Aravaipa area and to

Camp Verde. The next Pilgrimage

is to Apache Pass to honor the Chiricahua

and Descheene clans/group.

Since the Chiricahuas were close to

us in location, they have been included

in the Project. The last Pilgrimage

will be to White River and

that will be in the spring.

It is important to Apaches to

know their clans. From this they

can better understand who they are,

who their relatives are and how to

function in the Apache Society. The

Apache Clan system is based on

your maternal lineage. You are what

your mother and maternal grandmother

are.

The Apache Clan Project is funded

by the Institute of Museum and

Library Services, and gratitude goes

to Tia Early for coordinating the

Project.

Courtesy photos

Heritage & History on Display

Find us near mp 272 on hwy 70

Marlowe.cassadore@scat-nsn.gov • 928-475-2894

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Looking Back: Picturing t he trail

BY DAVID SOWDERS

Assistant Editor

Making their way

over the Apache

Trail, the travelers

declared Roosevelt Dam

“a very marvelous piece of

work.” Their next stop was

the “little mining town” of

Globe, then to Phoenix and

California – “A wonderful

trip.” Somewhere along the

way they bought a souvenir

postcard of the Trail, mailing

it to a relative or friend

back east.

It was mid-November

1927; the Apache Trail was

22 years old and the Globe

& Bowie Railroad, aboard

which their postcard was

mailed, had been around for

more than 30. But the card

is also part of the story of an

immigrant who made it big.

Curt Teich was 19 when

he came to the United States

from his native town in

Thuringia, now part of Germany.

Coming from a long

line of printers and publishers,

he had worked as an apprentice

printer. Teich landed

in New York City in 1895,

going to work as a printer’s

devil. He soon moved on to

Chicago, where the company

he founded became the

world’s largest printer of scenic

postcards – like the one

the travelers sent in 1927, depicting

the Apache Trail and

Superstition Mountain.

The Apache Trail, initial-

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

Superstition Mountain and the Apache Trail, as seen on a vintage

Curt Teich postcard

ly called the Tonto Wagon

Road, was built as a supply

road to the Roosevelt Dam

construction site. The road

follows the course of a Native

American foot trail. With

Apaches providing much of

the labor, it was finished on

Sept. 3, 1905. After the trail’s

completion, the Southern Pacific

Railway Company started

offering side trips down

the scenic road to the dam.

Around this time, Curt

Teich brought a German

postcard style to the United

States, launching the colorful,

large-lettered “Greetings

From” cards that would become

so well-known. Teich

based them on the German

“Gruss Aus” cards that started

appearing in the 1890s.

His firm, Curt Teich & Company,

was also a pioneer in

offset printing, which they

started using in 1910.

In 1905, as the Apache

Trail was nearing completion,

Teich crossed the country by

train. Carrying a camera, he

took photos of numerous

small-town businesses along

the way. From these pictures,

he made his first sizable print

run.

“The frontier has passed,

the cattle are vanishing, the

west is changed,” wrote

famed author Zane Grey in

a Sept. 1927 letter to the Coconino

Sun newspaper,

published by the Sun the

same month our travelers

visited Roosevelt Dam and

Globe.

In November 1927, the

Phelps Dodge mine at Morenci

was producing an average

of 3.75 million pounds of

copper a month, but mining

could still be dangerous

work. In Superior, five men

lost their lives in a fire at the

Magma Mine; crews from

the Globe and Miami mines

helped battle the fire. On

November 24, Globe High

School ended its football season

with a “fiercely fought”

6-6 tie against Safford.

During his 1905 trip, Teich

personally took $30,000

worth of postcard orders

during this cross-country

journey. As the company

grew, he would employ hundreds

of traveling salesmen/

photographers. These men

not only sold postcards to

homes and worked with

businesses to create advertising

cards, but also took

the pictures. Like the Apache

Trail postcard – printed under

the company’s C.T. American

Art line – a number

of pictures depicted scenes

in Arizona, including the

Globe-Miami area.

In June 1928, Curt Teich

& Company records show, a

man named Henry (or Harry)

Herz ordered a number

of postcards featuring scenes

around Globe and Miami;

designs included the Gila

County Courthouse, Bullion

Plaza School, Broad Street,

Sullivan Street, the Southern

Pacific Depot and the Claypool

Tunnel.

Curt Teich & Company

remained in business until

1978, closing shop around

four years after the passing of

its founder. The Apache Trail

remains, though much of that

scenic road is now impassable

due to fire-related flood

damage in the last few years.

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Experience the Ancient History of Arizona

Ruins • Museum • Gardens • Gift Shop

Daily 9:00am-4:30pm

1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd. Globe, AZ 85501

925-425-0320

www.globeaz.gov/visitors/besh-ba-gowah

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Courtesy photo

1916 Historic Globe Train Depot

Complex is available for events

The Globe Downtown

Association, a 501(c)

(6) nonprofit, operates

the 1916 Historic Globe

Train Depot Complex. All

the space rental fees go into

the association’s overall operating

and building restoration

project budgets.

Currently they offer both fullday

rates and half-day rates for

the depot’s main lobby space.

The full day is six hours plus

and flexible. Renters will be the

only ones booked during their

reservations. The rate for a full

day is a nominal $250, which includes

floor mopping and bathroom

cleaning after the event

along with flexibility for event

setup and teardown. The halfday

rate is for Sunday through

Thursday, three-hour meetings

and events. The three-hour period

is from firm checkin to firm

checkout for $150, and $40 an

hour for each additional prebooked

hour needed. Half-day

renters must be willing to share

the day with another event if requested,

choosing either early

or late time blocks.

The main passenger station

lobby space is very flexible.

Our general rule of thumb is

that it’s a comfortable sit-down

venue for 50 to 75, for events

using a buffet-style layout with

both sitting/high bistro table

Courtesy photo See TRAIN DEPOT, page 18

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Continued from page 17

standing space up to

100, and mixer and open

house style (less inside

seating, more back patio

seating) for events up to

and over 200 guests.

Our main passenger

station has a caterer’s prep

kitchen, with an additional

exterior entrance. It includes

a restaurant-grade

platter refrigerator, a regular

refrigerator/freezer, a

deep chest freezer, a large

microwave, double sinks

and counter space.

For the main lobby

space there are also some

folding tables and chairs

on hand to comfortably

seat 50 guests.

Courtesy photos

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Gila County’s top ten spots for birdwatching

Is Gila County a great

place to strap on the

binoculars and see

birds? Ask ‘Tommy D’

Debardeleben, author of

a popular website frequently

updated with his

adventures seeking rare

birds around the Grand

Canyon State. Most of

his days off work during

2017 were spent birding

Gila County - starting the

year with 137 species he

had found on prior visits,

and doubling that already-impressive

tally to

275 before New Year’s

Eve.

Search posts at tommysbirdingexpeditions

for anecdotes from across

Gila County, from a rufous-winged

sparrow singing

at the southern tip of

the county, just off Highway

77 near Winkelman

and the Gila River (where

black vulture and Mississippi

kite are also possible),

to ‘chases’ northwards hoping

for short-tailed hawk

in the Pinal Mountains, to

San Carlos Lake for hooded

merganser, Bonaparte’s

gull, and Franklin’s gull,

and to Green Valley Park in

Payson for Northern parula

and rufous-backed robin.

“I fell in love with the

county,” he writes. “I saw

how diverse it was, and

how much potential it had

for personal discovery. Before

I knew it, I had spent

a huge chunk of the year

devoting my birding time

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Red Breasted Nuthatch

to Gila County . . . it was a

fun ride.”

Nature-lovers seeking

narrative descriptions can

spend hours reading Tommy

D’s blog posts and be

familiar with most of the

10 spots in this list of great

places to see and photograph

birds. You’ll also want to

bookmark ebird.org as a

browser favorite and explore

this exhaustive website

– where easy-to-navigate

maps pinpoint

‘hotspots’ where birders

have collectively reported:

Winkelman Flats Park –

158 species

San Carlos Lake - 207

Russell Gulch below the

Pinal Mountains - 177

Pinal Peak – 152

Jones Water Camp

ground north of Globe -

120

Roosevelt Lake - 203

Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery

- 115

Green Valley Park in

Payson - 174

Pine Creek Canyon - 121

Courtesy photo/Muriel Neddermeyer

Parker Creek in the

Sierra Anchas - 109

Want a few more numbers?

Consider these trip lists

from Sulfide de Rey campground

-- just one of sever-

nuthatch, blue-gray gnatcatcher,

Bewick’s

wren,

hermit thrush,

phainopepla,

olive warbler,

lesser goldfinch,

Grace’s

warbler,

black-throated

gray warbler,

painted

redstart,

Western

tanager and

black-headed

grosbeak.

See photos

and read

more at ebird.

Courtesy photo/Muriel Neddermeyer

Yellow Eyed Junco

org. Connect

with the author

and sign up for

updates about Tommy’s

al ‘hot spots’ in the Pinals

where sightings are posted

on Ebird. Jay Taylor found

acorn woodpecker, Western

wood-pewee, Pacific-slope/

Cordilleran flycatcher

(Western flycatcher), Hutton’s

vireo, white-breasted

nuthatch, house wren,

yellow-eyed junco, spotted

towhee, orange-crowned

warbler, Wilson’s warbler

and mourning dove. A few

weeks prior to that Dave

Pearson reported Anna’s

hummingbird, broad-tailed

hummingbird, rufous hummingbird,

turkey vulture,

zone-tailed hawk, Cordilleran

flycatcher, Cassin’s

vireo, plumbeous vireo,

common raven, bridled titmouse,

bushtit, red-breasted

nuthatch, pygmy

treks at tommysbirdingexpeditions.blogspot.com.

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To Payson

188

Roosevelt

11

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14

12

10

7

9

To Phoenix

60

1

3

4

Miami Globe

5

6 8

Superior

2

Florence

Kearny

Winkelman

79

To Tucson

77

To Tucson


To Show Low

60

Corridor

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Queen Valley Golf Course

queenvalleygolfcourse.com

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

btarboretum.org

Superior Chamber of Commerce

superiorarizonachamber.org

Bullion Plaza Museum

bullionplazamuseum.org

Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce

globemiamichamber.com

Gila County Historical Museum

gilahistoricalmuseum.org

Cobre Valley Center for the Arts

facebook.com/cvcarts

Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park

globeaz.gov

Round Mountain Hiking Park

globeaz.gov

15

16

San Carlos

19

10

11

Old Dominion Park

globeaz.gov

Roosevelt Lake & Visitor Center

fs.usda.gov/tonto

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To Safford

17

12

13

14

15

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Superstition Mountain Museum

superstitionmountainmuseum.org

Dolly Steamboat

dollysteamboat.com

Tortilla Flat

tortillaflataz.com

Apache Gold Casino & Resort

apache-gold-casino.com

San Carlos Rec. & Wildlife

sancarlosrecreationwildlife.com

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Mt. Graham Observatory

mgio.arizona.edu

18

Graham County Chamber

facebook.com/grahamchamber

19

Green Lee County Chamber

visitgreenleecounty.com


Golf Benefit for Queen

Valley Fire Department

Court esy photo

The Queen Valley

Fire Auxiliary is

hosting the Kayo

Energy Charity Golf Tournament

for QVFA on Saturday,

March 12, 2022 at the

Queen Valley Golf Course.

This is the Auxiliary’s 32 nd

year of hosting a tournament.

The format will be a

four-person scramble open

to all teams; men, women

and mixed. Teams will be

flighted by handicap. Entry

fees are $40 each for

members and $60 each for

non-members (this includes

cart fees). The entry fee

includes morning coffee &

rolls, greens fees, specialty

holes, lunch, team prizes

and door prizes. This is an

open air event. There will

also be a silent auction at

the luncheon.

Businesses or individuals

can donate to the event

by sponsoring a Tee Box

Sign for a $25 minimum

contribution.

These signs can be personalized

with your name,

pet’s picture, name of your

business, in memory of a

loved one, for your children/grandchildren

or a

club. Gold and Silver Level

sponsorships are available

for added benefits; if

interested call the number

listed below.

Entry forms and Sponsor

a Tee Box forms can

be picked up at the Queen

Valley Pro Shop or by calling

Sally Salo at 520-463-

2249. The deadline for

these forms is March 7.

All proceeds from the

tournament benefit the

Queen Valley Fire Department

and are tax deductible.

These firefighters

and EMTs not only serve

the community, but also

respond to accidents and

emergencies on nearby

highways and in the mountains

and desert areas.

Mark your calendars –

join us for a fun day of golf

and prizes on March 12. .

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Local photographers submit winter images

GLOBE-MIAMI

Courtesy photo/Elizabeth Eaton

Courtesy photo/Elizabeth Eaton

La Casita Café

Open:

Thurs. - Mon.

11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Closed:

Tues. & Wed.

To go orders -

pick up and delivery

470 N. Broad St. • Globe, AZ 85501

928.425.8464

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Sitting for the camera in early Globe

BY DAVID SOWDERS

Assistant Editor

In late 2020, this faded

picture of eight

mounted cowboys in

the streets of Globe was

discovered in the Arizona

Silver Belt offices. The

photographer’s identity is

unknown, but some of the

men pictured became prominent

Gila County ranchers.

According to Guy and

Donna Anderson’s 1976

book, “Honor the Past…

Mold the Future,” the photo

was taken at the corner of

Cedar and Broad Streets in

1883.

Among the eight cowboys

was John C. Gibson,

fourth from left in the photo.

Born in Llano County,

Texas in 1867, Gibson

came from a ranching family

who made the move to

Globe around 1878. After

cowboying for several area

ranches and working for the

Superior and Boston Mine,

he bought several spreads

including the JI Ranch east

of Superior. By 1920 his

land stretched from Pinal

Creek to below Superior,

and from Mineral Creek to

Haunted Canyon.

Marion Horrell, fifth

from left, was part of another

well-known ranching

family that included his

brothers Ed and C.W., with

outfits north of Globe and

in the Pinto Creek area.

Behind the men stands

Globe’s original Methodist

church, St. Paul’s Methodist

Episcopal (now St.

Paul’s United Methodist). It

all started in 1879 with Rev.

J.J. Wingar, who walked 35

miles from the town of Pinal

to conduct services. A

church building was dedicated

in 1880 and served

congregations until it was

torn down in 1927. The

current building was dedicated

in 1928 and still holds

the original bell, known as

“God’s Alarm Clock.” In

1883, when the cowboys

posed for their photo, the

church’s minister was Rev.

William George.

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The Globe Rotary

Club is excited to

announce their 7th

Annual Dominion Royale

is a go for 2022! Attendees

are encouraged to dress the

part for a Masquerade Ball

theme on Saturday, February

26, 2022 at the Cobre

Valley Center for the Arts.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and

games start at 6:30 p.m.

The annual fundraiser

features casino style games,

an auction, a liquor pull and

refreshments catered by

Vida e Caffe.

Tickets are $25 per

person available from

any Globe Rotary Member.

This is Globe Rotary

Globe Rotary Dominion Royale

coming February

Club’s biggest fundraiser

of the year! In the past, we

have used the funds to support

our youth: leadership

camps, Spiritline, Wrestling,

and the Cobre Valley

Youth Club. The funds

have helped support local

organizations: Gila House,

Gila County Food Bank,

Globe-Miami Community

Courtesy photo

Concert Association, etc.

We have also assisted with

Round Mountain Park,

beautification of downtown

Globe, and Old Dominion

Park.

A big thank you to the

sponsors that have already

stepped up to help make

this event a memorable one

- Jackpot Sponsor Southwest

Gas; other sponsors:

Capstone, Western Reprographics,

Dairy Queen,

Bouquets on Broad, State

Farm - Cami Lucero, Heritage

Health Care, Mary

Anne for MAM Resources,

Haven Health Care, Great

Western Bank, Dominion

Firearms, Luna Olive Oil &

More, Gila County Supervisor

Tim Humphrey and

Gila County Supervisor

Woody Cline.

It’s not too late to get in

on the action, to sponsor

or donate to this fundraiser

contact Cami Lucero at

928-425-4444 or Bryan

Seppala at 928-812-0098.

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Stop by Besh-Ba-Gowah before leaving Globe

Andrea Justice/Copper Corridor

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Walking path opens

near Miami Gardens

Courtesy photo

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

Taking the first official stroll along the Miami Gardens

Walking Path

BHP, in partnership with Cobre Valley Regional Medical

Center (CVRMC), invites the community and visitors

to the Miami Gardens Walking Path.

The walking path was built to create opportunities for

hospital workers, patients, their loved ones and the community

to take a leisurely stroll in nature and enjoy the

scenery.

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‘Explore The Wild’: Your GATEWAY

Online is discovergilacounty.com

Gateway magazine

is your quarterly

update and invite

to visit Gila County and

explore scenic spots along

the Copper Corridor.

For the most up-to-date,

thorough and comprehensive

intel about where to stay

and what to do while you’re

here, bookmark discovergilacounty.com

as a browser

favorite, and connect on the

award-winning website’s

companion Facebook and

Instagram pages to see enticing

photos of cobalt-blue

lakes, tree-lined hiking paths

– and where to find local,

family-owned restaurants

for a unique taste of this region.

Launched by Gila County’s

Board of Supervisors

two years ago, the stylish

website’s a thorough portal

to outdoor adventure ranging

from the tall, cool pines

of the Rim Country towns of

Payson and Star Valley down

through our Copper Corridor

heritage here in Globe and

Miami – including travel and

tourism information about

all three Apache Nations:

San Carlos, Tonto and White

Mountain. Wilderness areas,

hiking trails, singular local

restaurants -- and the area’s

most comprehensive event

calendar, too.

Centrally-located Gila

County is truly the heart of

Arizona, with 53,500 residents

and 4,796 square miles

of desert, canyonlands and

lakes. Bookmark discovergilacounty.com

as a browser

favorite; you’ll find planned

itineraries for three-dayweekend

trips that hit the

highlights for shopping, relaxed

hikes, Native American

culture and history, and

outdoor adventure.

Gila County has seven

wilderness areas: Hell’s

Gate and the Mazatzal canyons

and forests offer scenery

that’s approachable yet

remote enough for peace,

quiet and solitude. Arizona’s

majestic saguaro cacti? See

and photograph these desert

icons at our lowest elevations.

Gila County includes

Sonoran Desert at 2,000 feet

above sea level, proceeding

up to stately ponderosa pine

forest (the largest stand of

ponderosa pines on the planet!).

Gila County lures outdoor

enthusiasts choosing a

place to live, work and enjoy

the best mix of Arizona’s

desert, mountains and lakes.

Where to Stay?

discovergilacounty.com

lists our biggest hotels, of

course – but gives equal

space to bed-and-breakfast

lodging in Pine-Strawberry,

Payson, Globe and Young.

Where to eat while you’re

here? Restaurants are all listed,

too; from family-owned

Mexican restaurants of

Globe-Miami to unique eateries

in Hayden and Star

Valley, a popular brewery in

Pine, and vineyard-wineries

in Young and Globe.

Looking for a half-day

hike, or a two-three day

backpacking adventure? Explore

the Mogollon Rim - a

topographic and geological

wonder that extends about

200 miles across central Arizona.

It forms the southern

edge of the Colorado Plateau

- providing outdoor adventure

to campers, hikers,

mountain bikers, photographers,

bird-watchers and

hunters; discovergilacounty.

com is your guide to hiking

trails, and nearby lodging.

Don’t miss Tonto Natural

Bridge, between the towns of

Payson and Pine, which became

an Arizona State Park

in 1990; now thousands of

visitors marvel each year at

the largest travertine bridge

in the world and the beauty

of Pine Creek Canyon.

The high desert community

of Pleasant Valley is a serene

scene of peace and quiet

today – but in the 1880s it

was the origin of a range war

that’s among the most famous

(and deadly) feuds in

American history. The Pleasant

Valley War, also called

the Tonto Basin Feud or the

Tonto Basin War, matched

the cattle-herding Grahams

against the sheep-herding

Tewksburys.

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Restored greenhouses a highlight

of Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Completed on Aug.

11, 1926, the

3,600-square-foot

stone structure served as

Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s

first administration

building, visitor center,

research laboratory and

greenhouses. In 1979, it

was named the William T.

Smith Building after the

longtime chair of the board

and CEO, who served from

1963 to 1986.

The building’s original

greenhouses were constructed

by Lord & Burnham,

a leading designer

and manufacturer for public

conservatories for 125

years. Most of their original

structure remained

unchanged for 95 years,

featuring cacti on one side

and succulents on the other

- primarily rare and

frost-sensitive plants. Over

time, however, the greenhouses

had deteriorated so

much that visitors couldn’t

enter safely. Broken and

missing glass covered the

roofs; rusted steel was evident

across the structures;

the walls of the beds, made

from native rock, had crum-

See ARBORETUM, page 31

ARBORETUM DISCOVERY TOURS

Courtesy photo/Boyce Thompson Arboretum

A 1926 photo of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s original

visitor center and greenhouses, known today as the

William T. Smith Building.

Courtesy photos/Allie Tolman

Discover Arizona’s first and oldest botanical garden. With collections from many of the worlds’ deserts, you will learn

how this myriad of plants are crucial to our survival. Learn what makes desert plants unique and allows them to survive

in regions with such low precipitation. This tour will last approximately one hour and cover 0.5 miles. This introduction

to Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a great gateway to further involvement at BTA and is accessible for most everyone.

Space is very limited so pre-registration is required.

Please check in at the Visitor’s Center at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour. Unclaimed reservations will be

released to other guests at that time.

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Courtesy photo/Boyce Thompson Arboretum

After a 2021 renovation, the arboretum’s Smith Greenhouses are once again filled with succulent plants from around

the globe.

Continued from page 30

bled in some areas. The

plant collections housed

within were in danger of

irreversible damage; maintaining

proper conditions for

these fragile specimens was

no longer possible.

Restoration of the Smith

Greenhouses got underway

in January 2021, when demolition

of the exterior began.

Beforehand, starting in late

2020, the plant collections

were temporarily relocated

– a process that took several

weeks. The original greenhouse

manufacturer, Lord

& Burnham, is now part of

Arcadia GlassHouse, and the

updated structure was created

in the same style as the

original by using lightweight,

energy-efficient, low-maintenance

materials to replace

the cypress wood, glass and

steel. Throughout the renovation,

several delays due to inclement

weather and material

shortages posed significant

challenges.

Jason Wiley, director of

horticulture at Boyce Thompson

Arboretum, designed

a brand-new layout for the

plant collections. You will

now see succulents native

to the Eastern Hemisphere

in the East House and those

native to the Western Hemisphere

in the West House.

Tiered succulent fountains

in each house pay homage

to the tiered fountains at the

historical Picket Post House,

former winter residence of

Arboretum founder William

Boyce Thompson. The fountains

serve as a striking focal

point as you enter. New pathways

at least three feet wide

line the greenhouses; these

paths offer gentler curves, allowing

wheelchair and stroller

access. Built with repurposed

rock from the previous

walls, the gabion-raised beds

have beautifully shaped contours,

giving visual depth to

the scene. Benches placed

above the gabions provide

a welcome place to rest and

linger.

Individual donors assisted

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

in repairing these unique,

historic structures. Donors

include friends and family of

Bill Benson, who donated in

honor of his 100th year. Bill

was the Arboretum’s assistant

director from 1948 to

1962 and an emeritus board

member. On Oct, 16, 2021

Bill attended the greenhouse

dedication ceremony; he

passed a few weeks later, on

Nov. 3. Thanks to the generosity

of these individuals, the

greenhouses are once again a

place of refuge and a beautiful

focal point of the Arboretum.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

is located in Superior,

Arizona, at 37615 E. Arboretum

Way. The Smith Greenhouses

are open to the public

during regular operating

hours.

For hours, directions and

admission info, visit btarboretum.org.

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A sample of the ceramic tile works created by Globe artists Robert and Charmion McKusick, depicting birds of the Southwest.

Bullion Plaza Museum exhibit

preserves local wildlife in art

BY DAVID SOWDERS

Assistant Editor

For almost 50 years Globe, Arizona artists Robert

and Charmion McKusick depicted birds and

other animals of the Southwest in ceramic tile

– and their work, among many other displays of area

history, can be seen at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center

& Museum in Miami, Arizona.

In 1949 Robert McKusick, who grew up in Globe-Miami,

enrolled at the University of Arizona to study ceramic

engineering. While t here he met Charmion Randolph, and

they were married two years later. He became a craftsman

at Desert House of Crafts in Tucson, making ceramic tiles

and ashtrays.

Tucson was in a building boom at the time, and McKusick

saw the Sonoran Desert disappearing. Working as

a team, he and Charmion, an ethnozoologist, resolved to

preserve desert wildlife in art for posterity. In 1954 the

couple moved back to Globe, where Robert had patented

a clay mine, the Weary Lode, at the base of the Pinal

Mountains.

From their studio in Kellner Canyon, the McKusicks

produced ceramic tiles accurately depicting birds and oth-

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Courtesy photo

Artist Patty Sjolin at work on the mural

that adorns Bullion Plaza Cultural Center

& Museum’s McKusick Tile Exhibit.

Bullion Plaza Museum exhibit continued from page 32

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

Standing beneath Sjolin’s finished work are Charles Beck and Victoria

Carella, who together largely funded the mural; Bullion Plaza Cultural Center

& Museum Executive Director Tom Foster; Robert and Charmion McKusick’s

grandson, Thierry Condit; and their daughter, Kathleen Condit.

er desert animals for 48

years. Their work has been

described as a unique product

of Globe, which the

couple formed and decorated

by hand using an inlay

process developed from the

12 th Century Moorish glaze

technique. Robert mined

and prepared the clay, made

the molds and fired the tiles

in kilns; Charmion created

the tile designs, cut them

into the plaster molds and

decorated the fired tiles.

Their daughter Kathleen

Condit, who grew up in the

business, later took over

sales and customer relations

as well as designing some

of the tiles. Before production

ended in 1996, the

McKusick Tile Studio created

over 300 tile designs.

Robert McKusick, who

taught ceramics at Gila

Community College for

many years, helped design

the tile exhibit at Bullion

Plaza Cultural Center &

Museum. The museum’s

McKusick Tile Exhibit provides

a multi-faceted display

of the couple’s wildlife

art, other ceramic works

by the McKusicks and the

equipment they used.

In 2021, the exhibit was

further enhanced by the

work of another local artist.

Gila County’s diverse

and beautiful ecosystem

is the theme Miami painter

Patty Sjolin created for

the McKusick Tile Exhibit

– a work of art that complements

the collection of

birds, mammals and reptiles

depicted in tile by Robert

and Charmion McKusick.

Stretching over three walls

of the exhibit room, Sjolin’s

work portrays local animals

and plants – including endangered

species - in their

natural settings both above

and below ground, including

a riparian area. It also

depicts area landmarks like

the Pinal Mountains and

Salt River. The project was

inspired and largely funded

by Victoria Carella and her

partner Charles Beck, of

Globe. The couple brought

Sjolin the idea for this work

and provided the majority

of the mural project funding;

the rest was supplied

by Bullion Plaza through

Gila County grants. Wildlife

biologist Eric Herman

served as a consultant on

the mural. Bullion Plaza is

also working to develop a

coloring book and postcards

based on Sjolin’s work.

The McKusicks’ art,

along with the accompanying

mural and a wealth of

other historical items from

Gila County, is on view

at Bullion Plaza Cultural

Center & Museum. Visiting

hours at the museum, located

at 150 N. Plaza Circle

in Miami, are Wednesday

through Friday from 11 a.m.

to 2 p.m.

For more information,

call (928) 473-3700.

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Roosevelt Lake Marina

Building a destination spot on

Roosevelt Lake

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

BY DAVID SOWDERS

Assistant Editor

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

Guests enjoy the lakeside atmosphere on Ffinch’s patio.

Set against a lakeside backdrop that

changes by the hour, Ffinch’s Waterfront

Kitchen and Bar welcomes customers

from all over. With its location at Roosevelt

Lake Marina, its patio seating where

guests can enjoy food, drinks and music, and

its diverse menu, Ffinch’s manager, Mark Kie-

See ROOSEVELT, page 35

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Continued from page 34

ru, believes it will be a

destination spot for years

to come.

“This has become extremely

fun and exciting

because we’re at grassroots

level, and we’re developing

something quite

amazing,” said Kieru. “It’s

not your typical, ordinary

restaurant selling burgers

and pizza,” he said, though

those items are part of the

menu – along with BBQ,

steak and seafood dinners,

chicken wings, salads,

tacos and much more.

“We’ve developed a pretty

aggressive menu with a little

bit of everything. Luckily

for us we have some

talented line cooks and a

kitchen that’s able to pull

this off, because it’s not

easily done.”

Kieru, a food industry

veteran originally from

New York, learned that the

lakefront restaurant/bar

was looking for a manager

and came to check it out.

“I saw the great possibilities

and potential, spoke

with the owners and ended

up taking the job,” he said.

“When I first made the trip

here from Scottsdale, going

up Highway 87, it was

breathtaking. I went home

via Highway 60; both trips

were beautiful.”

Along with its extensive

menu and its views over

Roosevelt Lake’s blue waters,

Ffinch’s boasts several

big-screen TVs where

sports fans can catch a

game, a game room, out-

Staff at Ffinch’s serve indoor diners and bar customers.

door heating and a walk-up

order window. It has become

an attraction for marina

members and all kinds

of other guests – from locals

to winter visitors, and

even wildland fire crews.

“Many times they’d

come in and have to leave

right away before they got

their food,” Kieru said of

the firefighters. “When

we could, we would take

the food to them. We’re so

proud of them and the job

they’ve done for the community.”

Kieru said his staff was

another great asset, helping

create an atmosphere

he hopes will create family

memories of trips to

Ffinch’s. “We have people

here who have been

employed for almost two

years, and I feel blessed by

that. They’re very much a

part of everything that happens

here.

“Our business has continued

to grow because we

were fortunate enough to

have new faces show up

and experience what we’re

all about; the friendliness

of the staff, the quality of

the food, the beauty of the

environment – whether

you’re into sports or music,

or just the dining. Because

of the beautiful lake

and our camping facilities

here, this became a destination

place for those who

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needed and wanted to get

out of the house.”

Ffinch’s, located at

28085 N. Hwy. 188 in

Roosevelt, welcomes

guests Monday through

Thursday from 11:30 a.m.

to 7:30 p.m., Friday from

11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday

from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

and Sunday from 8 a.m. to

7 p.m.

Both dine-in and takeout

are available; for orders

or information, call (602)

977-7170.

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The Salt River Bridge on State Route 288, the Globe-Young Highway

BY DAVID SOWDERS

Assistant Editor

It may see less traffic

than the Copper Corridor’s

larger bridges, but

in a box canyon near Roosevelt

Lake stands a piece

of Arizona transportation

history.

The scenic, largely unpaved

road from Globe-Miami

to the historic Rim

Country town of Young,

State Route 288, crosses one

A bridge less traveled

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

of Arizona’s oldest bridges

– still in its original location

a century and a year after

it opened. According to the

ADOT bridge inventory, it’s

one of the first bridges built

after statehood.

The Salt River Bridge on

SR288 got its start back in

1918 when the U.S. Bureau

of Public Roads, just created

that July, began work

on a new road in the Tonto

and Crook National Forest.

The road would skirt Roosevelt

Lake, then continue

for 44 miles to Young – and

the bridge would be a major

part of it. BPR surveyors

visited the site, a “box canyon

a short distance above

the old [Roosevelt] diversion

dam,” that summer and

engineered the road later

that year. The agency, part

of the Agriculture Department,

was extensively involved

with road and bridge

construction in Arizona.

The 220-foot bridge with

a 215-foot main span was

designed by BPR engineers

in Denver. It is a long-span

steel Parker truss (named

after Charles Parker, a mechanical

engineer with the

National Bridge and Iron

Works who patented the

design in 1870), supported

by concrete abutments on

spread footings set into the

solid-rock shoreline. According

to ADOT’s bridge

inventory, it’s one of only

four Parker truss bridges to

be found in the state.

Construction drawings

were finished on Sept. 1,

1919, and soon approved by

the Gila County Board of

Supervisors. Work started

in mid-December 1919 and

the span was completed in

1920, opening to traffic that

September.

Today the Salt River

Bridge still serves traffic

to and from Young, and

has stood unchanged for

101 years. It may be lesser

known but it holds a

place in Arizona history

as the earliest and longest

through-truss bridge still

in its original spot, and the

first documented bridge that

BPR (a forerunner of the

federal Highway Department)

built in Arizona.

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Local photographers submit winter images

Courtesy photo/Paul Wolterbeek

GLOBE-MIAMI

Courtesy photo/Paul Wolterbeek

Courtesy photo/Elizabeth Eaton

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Antiques, art and more

It’s amazing what you’ll

find inside each one

of these shops located

throughout the Globe-Miami

community.

The Globe Antique Mall,

171 W. Mesquite St. in

Globe, is open Thursday,

Friday and Sunday from 11

a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday

from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their

phone number is 928-425-

2243.

Hill Street Mall, 383 S.

Hill St. in Globe, is open

Friday and Saturday from

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday

from noon to 4 p.m.

Their phone number is 928-

425-0022.

The Pickle Barrel, 404 S.

Broad St. in Globe, is open

Thursday through Saturday

from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.,

and Sunday from 11 a.m. to

5 p.m. Their phone number

is 928-425-9282.

Simply Sarah, 661 S.

Broad St. in Globe, is open

Tuesday through Saturday

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Their phone number is 928-

425-3637.

Splash of Copper, 656 N.

Broad St. in Globe, is open

Monday through Saturday

from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and

Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Their phone number is 928-

793-3148.

Turn the Page Vintage

and Western Apparel, 610

N. Broad St. in Globe, is

open Wednesday through

Saturday from 10:30 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Their phone number

is 623-910-9033.

Yesterday’s Treasures,

209 W. Hackney Ave. in

Globe, is open Monday

through Saturday from 9

a.m. to 5 p.m. Their phone

number is 928-425-7016.

Cowgirl Antiques, 416

W. Sullivan St. in Miami,

can be accessed through the

entrance located at the Wild

Horses Saloon.

Donna by Design, 501

W. Sullivan St. in Miami,

is open Thursday through

Saturday from 10 a.m. to

5 p.m., and Sunday from

noon to 4 p.m.

Grandma’s House of Antiques

and Treasures, 123

N. Miami Ave. in Miami,

is open Thursday through

Monday from 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. Their phone number is

623-670-0717.

David Sowders/Copper Corridor

Miami Rose Trading

Post, 401 W. Sullivan St.

in Miami, is open Saturday

and Sunday from 10 a.m. to

5 p.m. Their phone number

is 928-473-2949.

Stewart’s Antique Nook,

409 W. Sullivan St. in Miami,

is open Saturday and

Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Their phone number is 480-

993-8611.

Sullivan Street Antiques,

407 W. Sullivan St. in Miami,

is open from 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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