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Buford Mountain, AZ

Buford Mountain (Mount Beauford)

Maricopa Co.

Smith Map, 1879: GLO, 1892, Bufford.

In sec. 1, T. 7 N., R. 5 E.  Near head of Cave creek, 4 miles east of Ashdale Ranger Station.  Tonto N. F.  "Is not named on Tonto map of 1927.  On the old Tonto base map is called 'Humboldt mountain' but is known to old timers as Mount Buford.  It is about 4 miles north of Kentuck mountain."  Letter, Joe Hand, Forest Ranger.  This mountain was undoubtedly named for Clay Beauford who in 1863 at fifteen was in Pickett's division of the Confederate army.  As Sergeant 5th U. S. cavalry, he came to Arizona in 1870.  Chief of Scouts and Captain San Carlos Indian Police 1874-1880; member Thirteenth Territorial Legislature from Graham Co., 1885.  In Jan., 1879, he legally changed his name to Welford Chapman Bridwell, his correct name.  Died in Los Angeles in 1929.  See Arizona Historical Review,  October, 1930, for his remarkable career.  See Humboldt mountain.

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