3. Cowboys, Rustlers and the Pleasant Valley – Mary Lee Fitzgerald
3 weeks, Thursdays, 1:00-3:00, Feb 17-Mar 3 In-person only, limited attendance. Class closed
One of the most beautiful valleys in Arizona was also the site of America’s bloodiest decade of frontier violence. A virtual battlefield of lawless factions, it produced the highest numbers of any range conflict in United States history. Apache Indians, the Tewksburys, the Grahams, the Hashknife cowboys and the Blevins from Texas are all a part of the story, a volatile mix of conflicted interests that ravaged Gila County at the end of the 19th century.
Mary Lee Fitzgerald is a frequent ILR presenter of Arizona history and recently led a 5 day tour of the Pleasant Valley War sites for the Arizona Historical Society.