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This structure is the remnant of an arrastre. A burro pulled a grinding stone around and around in this pit to crush the gold ore. Several of these arrastre ruins can be found along the lower East Verde River.

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founded by miners, built by ranchers: the story of payson, arizona

Green Valley was left to the Apaches for six years following the army’s failure to establish a military post there. In July of 1874 De-che-ae, the last Apache chief to hold out against the white invasion was killed and the remnants of his band surrendered to the Rio Verde Reservation.


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