Smith Map, 1879
Small stream flowing into Kirkland creek, about 10 miles southwest of Prescott at upper end Peeples valley. Two prospectors, Bell and Sage, were killed here by Indians in 1864. On Nov. 10, 1866, Mr. Leihy, U.S. Supt of Indian Affairs, and a Mr. Evarts, his clerk, were murdered in this canyon, either by Mexicans or Apaches. Leihy was Poston's successor as the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and on his way to Prescott. The canyon was named for Bell.