February 25, 2009
Wild burros graze in the desert near Fort McDowell, leftovers from the days of prospectors and burro pack trains, like that of Lewis Pyle. Note the bell on the neck of one, indicating it is domestic — or was at one time.
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Chapter 14: Supplies came by burro train
As the settlement of Payson grew, more mercantile stores were established and there was an increasing demand for supplies. The very thing that had protected the Tonto Apache people for so long, the isolation of the Rim Country from the rest of the world, now made supplying the settlers extremely difficult.