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Bloody Tanks, AZ

Bloody Tanks

Gila Co.

USGS, Globe Quad, 1902.

Wash rising in southeast corner of T. 14. E., R. 1 N.  Flows northeast into Miami Flat, near Black Warrior mine, in sec. 20, T. 15 E., R. 1 N.    Bloody Tanks are at head of this wash.  So named from a fight here in winter of 1863-64 between whites and Maricopa Indians on one side, and Apaches on the other.  King Woolsey was captain.

Encounter was also known as the "Pinole Treaty" because Woolsey offered the Apaches a feast of pinole (Apache corn) before  the fight as a token of friendship.  It has often been stated that Woolsey put strychnine in the food.

Bancroft alludes to it as "an outrageous massacre, the Indians being coaxed to the feast and nearly all slaughtered by Woolsey's party."  Peeples, who was present, denies this.

McClintock says:  "The spot was about 9 miles across the hills from Globe, near the present site of Miami."  McClintock's story of this affair is undoubtedly as nearly correct as it can be made. 

"Pinole is the heart of Indian corn baked, ground and mixed with brown sugar.  When dissolved in water it affords a delicious beverage.  It quenches thirst and is very nutritious."  Emory's Report, 1846. 

J.  Ross Browne also gives an interesting account of the affair.

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