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This Place In Arizona Has A Dark And Evil History That Will Never Be Forgotten

The land certainly has a way of surprising us. The drive to the entrance of the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness is a quiet one, surrounded by tiny towns, farmland, and incredibly rugged mountains. It’s a perfect picture of the romanticized ranching history that lives most comfortably in Arizona’s recent past without the tell-tale signs of the violence that took place in order for that lifestyle to thrive.

Little remains of the old Army fort that briefly stood near the present-day Central Arizona College Aravaipa campus, about 12 miles south of Winkelman. You could probably easily mistake what’s left of the ruins for average desert rubble. There also isn’t a sign of the massacre that took place a short distance away in the early morning hours of April 30, 1871. On that morning, one of the bloodiest days in Arizona history occurred within a short 30 minutes.

If you want to read about another event in Arizona history, you may want to start with our recent article, A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck Arizona In 1967 And No One Saw It Coming.

Monica Spencer
Monica is a Diné freelance writer and the Arizona staff writer for Only In Your State. She currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend and their herd of cats. You can reach her at