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This is part of the original switchback trail blazed by Col. Thomas C. Devin in 1868 over the Rim. He called it “the jump off.” Along this stretch, just under the edge of the Mogollon Rim, Army packer John C. Baker was killed in an Apache ambush.

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The Wild West in the Rim Country

Chapter 2: Victim of Apache Attack

A very early murder in the Rim Country occurred in May 1868 when a chief packer in the Army was killed by Tonto Apaches at the head of the East Verde River Canyon. The story begins as Colonel Thomas C. Devin took command of the military sub-district of Prescott, Arizona Territory on Jan. 17, 1868.

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