A Little Christopher Creek History


Sandy Kalmar was a good sport when her fellow Wednesday game players used a wheelbarrow to get her to the table when they couldn’t find a wheel chair.

Sandy Kalmar was a good sport when her fellow Wednesday game players used a wheelbarrow to get her to the table when they couldn’t find a wheel chair.

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Pat Guevara wanted folks to know that there are some determined women up here and that “nothing, not even a missing wheel chair, will keep us ladies from playing dominoes or Rummikub on Wednesdays.” They always have a great time of fellowship, fun and snacks to share.

As promised, I thought I’d write a little bit on the history of Christopher Creek and how it got its name. Many of you reading this already know much more than I will ever know on the subject.

My information is coming off of what I’ve read from others who wrote before me and from what I’ve been told by folks. With that, here’s a start to a larger story:

The quiet and friendly community of Christopher Creek is named after the French settler, explorer and cartographer Isadore Christopher, who lived here in the 1880s with his mail-order bride, Mary Hope (one of two he sent away for). Isadore Christopher was the original homesteader of the 160-acre CI Ranch, which has developed into the community of Christopher Creek. He was employed as an Indian Scout for the U.S. Cavalry, originally out of Fort McDowell. The Apaches routinely raided his homesite and in fact, burned it down twice, which Isadore promptly rebuilt. You can imagine how beautiful the tranquil Christopher Creek area must have looked when he first laid his eyes upon this area. And of course ol’ Isadore really was roughing it too. There were of course zero modern conveniences and Isadore had to live off the land and be very self-reliant. More history on Isadore Christopher and Christopher Creek to come ... stay tuned.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: info@christophercreeklodge.com. Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column

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