Willcox and it's Historic District
Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
102Trip End Jun 30, 2013
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Cochise Visitor Center – very informative visitor center with a lot of information for the whole state of AZ
Chiricahua Museum – Collections and exhibits of historic artifacts, including a Geronimo Exhibit is part of the museum. Actually they don't have enough volunteers for this museum so we could not get in.
Friends of Marty Robbins Museum - This was not open either but we could look into the windows etc. He was a big country singer but was also NASCAR’S Rookie of the Southern 500 in 1972. He received Grammy Awards for best country and western recording. Some of his songs were El Paso, My Woman, My Woman, My Wife and he was voted man of the decade in 1970. He is in the Songwriters and Country Music Hall of Fame.
Depot – This is now the town hall with exhibits of the town history. Interesting and very well done.
We did go into the Rex Allen Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame. This was his home town and he is famous for singing cowboy records, movies and TV shows
Willcox is also the place that Warren Earp was killed at a young age gunned down in the saloon. Geronimo used to shop at the store in the Historic District which is the oldest in AZ (also for sale). He would buy sugar! He was the most famous of all Apache leaders even though he was not a chief. When the Apaches were moved to the San Carlos Reservation in the middle of AZ in 1876, he had many followers
Now Willcox is also within an easy drive to the following:
Fort Bowie – These are the ruins of the fort that was the guardian of Apache Pass but it is a difficult drive for anything bigger than a car and the last mile and a half you have to hike in. There are mountain lions in the region so we did not go.
Chiricahua National Monument - This is a natural wilderness with a visitor center, scenic drives and some primitive camping. This is an isolated mountain range rising above the surrounding grassland sea. There are meadows and then cypress, pine and fir woodlands as you drive up the mountains. There are rock pinnacles looming over the road like guardians of the forest as the Apaches called them “Standing up Rocks”. Don’t attempt to drive into this area with anything but a car!
Cochise Stronghold – Southwest of Willcox is Cochise Stronghold which is another favorite hiking area. There is a granite fortress used by the Chiricahua Apaches under Cochise’s leadership. The hidden tomb of Cochise is located somewhere in this stronghold. There were never any pictures taken of Cochise but there is a portrait based on written descriptions and facial features of his sons. Actually he was not hostile to the settlers until he was falsely accused of theft and kidnapping of a young boy
Heading for some Caverns tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 3 – Ft. Willcox RV Park, Willcox, AZ This was a passport America campground for us so it cost a little over $19 for a night. It is on the outskirts of Willcox with gravel and stone sites. Not much for shade but it was a good stop for us since we had to do laundry. The campground has cable, dump station, fitness center, full hookups, horseshoes, pull-thrus, showers, and Wi-Fi. It is two miles away from the historic district of Willcox with the Chiricahua Museum, Rex Allen Museum and Friends of Marty Robbins Museum. One can drive to the Chiricahua National Monument, Cochise Stronghold and Fort Bowie Historic Site. We used it for an overnight but some of the other campers stayed for a couple of days to travel to visit these other sites.