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Burkes, AZ

Burkes

Yuma Co.

Smith Map, 1879

In T. 10 W, R. 5 S.  Well known station on Yuma-Tucson road south side Gila river, opposite Agua Caliente,  108 miles east of Yuma Station.  Was run by and named for William H. Burke who was the first P. M. at Sentinel.   

G. R. Whistler, station keeper at Burkes, was murdered by Ventura Nunez, July 7, 1874.  Nunez was captured in Sonora, brought back and hanged near this station.  See Nunez Station.

Poston was here in 1864.  He calls it Burks Ford.  Billy Fourr of Dragoon was the first owner.  He writes, in Jan., 1933:  "I sold the Burks (sic) station to J. R. Whistler." 

"Burkes Station was opened Dec. 5, 1877, to keep the Military Telegraph line in repair between Stanwix and Gila Bend.  Abandoned Nov. 30, 1880 because of S. P. R. R. arrival."  Letter, Chief of Weather Bureau, May, 1933.

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