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Buckhorn Basin and Creek, AZ

Buckhorn Basin and Creek

Gila Co.

Stream heading east side Four peaks.  Flows into Roosevelt lake.  Near its head is a basin in which an early hunter found the heads of two bucks with their horns locked in death.  This gave it the name.  "Crook was made the target of every sort of malignant assault.  Only an example need be given; the so called Buckhorn Basin Massacre.

"Most circumstantial and detailed accounts were printed of the killing, by a raiding party of Apaches, of a small band of miners who fought to the death.  This story was closely investigated by Major William Rafferty, 6th Cavalry, who found no murder, no cave, no miners.  Nothing but a Buckhorn Basin."  Bourke.

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