1000 Years of History In One Day!by Jim Gressinger on Feb. 21, 2013, under Day/Weekend Adventures, Fairs & Festivals, Native American Culture, Old West, Soldiers & Indians, Things To Do In Cochise County
I received a flyer in my email the other day about some upcoming events that look interesting. On one of our Sunday day trips last January, Ms. Karen & I visited the San Pedro River at two locations: the San Pedro House and the ghost town of Fairbank. The San Pedro House is the visitor center for this riparian conservation area. From here you can take a walk on a short nature trail near the House or take another trail that winds along the river for miles. At Fairbank, you can visit the ruins of this mining community on the east bank of the San Pedro. There are trails from here that go down to the river and also to the Fairbank Cemetery and the ruins of Santa Cruz de Terrenate.
You will find some interesting images of the San Pedro on our SouthernArizonaGuide.com.
On Saturday, March 2nd at Fairbank the Friends of the San Pedro River are putting on a show and I’m pretty sure we will be there to see it. Included are:
- Presentations by the Old Pueblo Archeology Center on the peleo-Indians and Hohokam who lived along the River.
- Spanish soldiers from El Presidio San Agustin de Tucson representing the Spanish colonial era.
- Re-enactments representing events from the Old West.
- Hikes, tours of the Fairbank townsite, including the restored school house, and demonstrations.
- Music + Food
- Displays including: Amerind Foundation, Empire Ranch Foundation, Friends of Brown Canyon Ranch, Friends of Kentucky Camp, Friends of the San Pedro River,
Tombstone Archives, Tubac Presido, U.S. Bureau of Land Management
- The 8 AM docent-guided hike to the ruins of Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate is considered a moderate 4-hour, 5 mile walk with two river crossings. Bring suitable trail shoes, hat, water, and snack.
- To view the flyer, click HERE.
Fairbank is about 10 miles west of Tombstone between Whetstone and Tombstone on Hwy 82, just east of the San Pedro River.
Click on this link to view our short article about our January 2013 visit to Fairbank.
For our 1776 video interview with a Spanish soldado at the Presidio, click on this link.