October 9, 2007
When the Tonto Apaches returned to their homeland in the Payson
area, they made camps at locations used by their forefathers. One
of those locations was Butterfly Springs, on the mesa east of Vista
Road and south of the airport (top photo). The rock outcroppings,
visible from Vista Road, became burial places for their dead, the
bodies tucked into the rock crevices. Julia Randall told how, as a
girl playing up there, she and a playmate came upon a skeleton.