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Almost lost in the Rim Country off a trail not used too often stands a marker where the Battle of Big Dry Wash took place on July 17, 1882. The back side of the marker lists the names of the soldiers and Native Americans who lost their lives in the battle.

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Edge of tragedy

The Battle of Big Dry Wash near the brink of the Mogollon Rim was one of the most hard-fought and needless of the Apache wars

Lt. Thomas Cruse crouched behind a tree on the brink of the most vivid, deadly day of his life, a few hundred yards from the Apache war party at the very center of a thrilling, tragic history.


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