To Friends Of
Cave Creek Canyon

Welcome to Fall

[by Steve Wolfe]


Your Friends at the "VIC"

The Visitor Information Center used to be the Ranger Station at the entrance to world famous Cave Creek Canyon.  After being a visitor center on and off for years, it was closed by the Forest Service about 3 years ago for budgetary reasons.

The Friends of Cave Creek Canyon then assumed operating the VIC, initially being able to keep it open a few days a week.
 [ Some of the recent volunteers]

In 2017 we are pleased to report that with the exception of 6 days, the VIC has been open every day this year.  We have had many hosts volunteer lots and lots of hours to keep the VIC open and to assist all the visitors.

[Linda, above, volunteered recently for 3 months]

Through September 30, 2017 volunteers have donated 2,785 hours as compared to 1,659 last year.  The number of visitors have risen to 5568 from 3347 in the comparable period in 2016.

Current Volunteers
            [Alan and Steve]                                      [Mike and Tony]
                         [Rolf]                                                         [Keith]                   

[Pictures by Cecil Williams]                                                            

It is not only fun volunteering in the VIC, it's also very interesting hearing the experiences of visitors and seeing their pictures.  We have heard from many visitors that they learn more and get more information here than at most of the large national parks they have visited.  Additionally, Barbara Miller and her volunteers have done a wonderful job creating and maintaining the native garden.

           Please drop by and have a visit: 
  • You also can see one of our 3 visiting Blue-throated Hummingbirds! 
  • You can visit with the volunteer host
  • You can see the snakes and the Gila Monster
  • You can check out the native plant garden
  • You can check out the 8' relief map table of the Chiricahuas
  • Check out the up to date bird list for the Canyon
  • Detailed trail information

[By Steve Wolfe]

We are always looking for additional volunteers to be a host, help in the gardens and to do light maintenance on the trails.  If you are interested in learning more talk with one of the hosts or contact Mike Williams at [520] 558-1045 or  mike@foccc.org.


Hey, Mom!  It's Lunch Time

Wow, Was That Good!
[See My Tongue?]
[by Cecil Williams] 

Fall Is Coming

While the calendar says it's Fall, the trees don't know that yet.  By the end of October into early November the colors are out in their full glory.  The hiking is wonderful and the days are quite lovely.  Come take a hike!
[Pictures are from last year by Steve Wolfe]

October at Willow Tank

In 2015 Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, with assistance of owner Larry Rivers, began the rejuvenation of Willow Tank, a very important water spot on a major migration path of birds.  It is off State Line Rd. on Sulphur Canyon Rd., almost at Hwy #80.  Best time to visit is early in the day or sunset.

Over 60 Yellow-headed Blackbirds were present on Oct. 2
[By Tony Donaldson]

                                                  Bear Enjoying Bath                 [By Tony Donaldson]

No Hummers yet, unless this is a new species                Desert Rattlesnake

                        [by Cecil Williams]                                                 [by Bettina Arrigoni]

A major storm cell - it never reached Portal-Rodeo
[by Steve Wolfe]       

Stories of the Pas
 Some Paradise Personalities

The Chiricahua Bullsheet, an entertaining and highly opinionated newsletter and journal of local history written by Carson Morrow
Courtesy of Dick Zweifel 

This time we will start the column off by quoting a couple of letters received from other old timers who have been good enough to lend us a helping hand by supplementing some of the previous stories: 

Mr. Carson Morrow Portal, Arizona 
Dear Carson, in BS on birthday I see you written brief history of founders of old paradise. I want to add what I know of their first years in the District George Walker and George Myers come to turkey creek in early 1900, and made camp on ground across the creek the road from where Brown and Slater store stood. 

First Post Office were set up and I can not remember the name they gave it before changing it to Paradise. This was shortly after they traded some cowboy a Horse they bought for $35.00 for the Lead Ville mine which Bill Sanders now owns. 

They opened up a good vein of good lead and begin shipping from San Simon, I believe were 1901 and continued on for several years, from that operation is what interested the Chiricahua Developing Company to buy the Cap Burns Property which were the boom on beginning of Paradise we next met up with Walker and Myers in April 1900 when they were prospecting up near Cochise Head as they thought they might been Gold there Mrs. George Walker might remember the name of first Post Office. 
Yours AF Noland 
we enjoy the Bull Sheet 
San Diego, California June 8, 1958 

Mr. Carson Morrow, 
Portal, Arizona. 

Dear Sir. 

Just a few lines to let you know that received the last issue of Bull Sheet and thank you heaps for sending it along certainly look forward to receiving it, am also sending along a token for same. Would like very much to get to see you to get there at present-- Just a few lines in regards to the Boozer incident--I was very close when the shooting took place. Those Mex were playing roulette and were loaded and lost all there money, and started to get nasty Well Boozer was sitting on the end of roulette table and facing the door, and as they walked out past Boozer, one of them stabs the knife in his back. Well Boozer was packing a gun, and he put that bunch away. Well a lot of shooting was going on outside and a few gents were running out in the creek. Well Mart Moore put his head around the door and he got the bottle. if I have it right there were five that got shot that night, two outside and two more were arrested and had the trial in the morning and were sent to Tombstone. Also later I was told that two of them Mex. were buried alongside of the road back of Boozers place Also Carson, Mart Moore was not Constable at that time it was Luke Short. 

That same night at the turn of the road going to the mine in the Mexicans place there was some more shooting that Night. In one of the Sheets you mentioned about a miner that was buried in the Galeyville Graveyard, well he was a good friend of mine, he got killed by rock sliding in out of shaft. His name was Pat Kelly. One night in the salon next to the dance hall, do not remember shift boss at the mines name but believe it was Boyle, do not remember his first name. He Hit the wheel one night for $1200.00 dollars, and put it in a sack and went up the street about 2 AM in the morning. 

Reuben G. Nelson 

4644 1/2 East Mt. View Dr. San Diego, California 

FOCCC 2017 Officers and Board

Reed Peters         President                                            Other Board Members  
Sheri Ashley        Vice President                           Bob Ashley     Wynne Brown  
Mike Williams      Vice President 
                       Alan Craig     Rene Donaldson
Rick Beno 
Rolf Koford         Kim Vacariu
Stevie Wayman    Secretary
   Cecil Williams                                                        




Friends Of Cave Creek Canyon
PO Box 16126
Portal, Arizona 85632


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Thanks to our "Sustainer's Circle" members 
for their generous support:  
Tom Arny, Bob and Bettina Arrigoni, Nancy and Thomas Denney, Mary George, Renata Golden, Bill and Sally Hague, Paul Hirt and Linda Jakse, Don Hollister, Ken Jenkins, Leuthold Family Foundation,  Barbara Lounsbery,  Patrick McNamara, John and Karin McQuillan, Barbara and Pete Miller, Patricia Parran, CeCe Raak, Tom Roseman and Paula Baldwin, Delia Scholes, Donald and Martha Squire and Bob and Sherry Zoellick.

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