Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Del Rio Springs




On the side of the road about 22 miles north of Prescott on highway 89, there is a marker that reads as follows;
Del Rio Springs, Site of Original camp Whipple Established December 1863
From January 22 to May 18, 1864 the offices of the Territorial Government of Arizona were operated from tents and log cabins here before being moved to Prescott, The first permanent Capital.

These pictures show how the area looks now.

8 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Interesting that such a sparsely populated place was the site of governance for a place that now has nearly 7 million people.

If you changed the hillsides so that the were several shades of green without any brown, and then changed the scrub brush to tall Italian cypress trees, and then changed the buildings to old stone stone farm houses, I think this would look like Tuscany.

Sharon said...

A beautiful spot for a bit of Arizona history.

Teresa Bitler said...

Very interesting...I just always assumed that the territorial government was set up in a building somewhere, or at the very least a bar/gambling hall.

Jacob said...

I find this place very attractive; it reminds me of an old western movie!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Well, that's a bit of Arizona history I knew nothing about. Amazing - a government working out of rents and log cabins. Haven't the times changed?!

Irina said...

Love it. I could not stop the temptation to draw quick sketch, inspired. It is in my blog now - sorry, I did not ask for permission, but there is no commercial interest to my blog in the world :-)))

azlaydey said...

Nice photos. The Chino Valley Historical Society is trying to identify graves and save the Del Rio cemetery, before the ranch is developed.

azlaydey said...

The buildings look wonderful from a distance but are badly deteriorating. The terrific storm we had a couple of years ago have damaged the roofs of the horse and dairy barn beyond repair. These buildings were still usable until then.It's a shame..........