From Our Past Tours...
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October 20, 2018
What a fantastic day with perfect weather for our October tour! As usual, we met at the Cochise Hotel at 10 AM, and worked our way south from there. Usually the tours are done by 2 or 3 PM, but this one lasted until 5 PM. We had a small enough group that we were able to visit the Courtland Cemetery this time. An added bonus!
Photo contributors are: Eric Cee, Dora Peralta, Clay Posey, Joni Johnson, Karen Hudson, and Joanne Rummel
The tour begins at the Historic Cochise Hotel. This is the oldest hotel in the state of Arizona.
The Cochise Hotel maintains its charm from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It is also a bed and breakfast, and available for special events.
Owner Phil Gessert gives the history of the hotel before bringing everyone inside.
The side porch offers a shady retreat.
The lobby of the Cochise Hotel looks as it did when first opened.
The hallway inside the Cochise Hotel. You can't walk through the hotel just one time and see everything!
One of the guest rooms.
Another room filled with historic displays and articles from the past
The kitchen at the Cochise Hotel
The dining area at the Cochise Hotel
The living room area at the Cochise Hotel
An interesting nook at the Cochise Hotel
Beautiful furniture at the Cochise Hotel
How you sent text messages back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
There is also a gambling museum behind the hotel.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to play Faro, this is the place to learn! Faro was the card game Doc Holliday excelled at. Phil Gessert is a master Faro dealer, and would love to show you how to play!
The Oldest Homestead House in SE Arizona was Purchased in Willcox, and brought to this homestead in the early 1900s
The one room, two story house replaced the lean-to the homesteading family was living in.
Outside steps led to the second floor.
An old REO Speedwagon decorates the yard.
The inside of the Homestead House is quite cozy!
The sewing area inside the Old Homestead House
The kitchen area inside the Old Homestead House
An old REO Speedwagon. Sadly, it does not play music. At the Old Homestead House
No wonder the REO Speedwagon doesn't play music. The disc jockey is a dummy! At the Old Homestead House
Another view of the Old Homestead House.
Porch decorations at the Old Homestead House.
Yard art decorations at the Old Homestead House.
The first burials in the Pearce Cemetery were in the 1890s. The 40 acre cemetery is still active today.
A family plot in the Pearce Cemetery
A veteran's marker in the Pearce Cemetery
Old wooden cross marks a grave with no name in Pearce Cemetery
Sea shells decorate this grave in Pearce Cemetery
Unmarked tomb in Pearce Cemetery
Information about the Pearce Jail
The two cell Pearce Jail was built in 1915 at a cost of $615.00.
Each cell is entered via the "front" door, or "back" door at the Pearce Jail .
Come on in! Your room is ready at the Pearce Jail .
The wall separating the two cells was broken down when the Pearce Jail was used for storage .
Anna Nickell (on the left) explains the history of the Pearce Jail.
The Old Post Office in Pearce is now a private residence.
The Soto Brothers & Renaud mercantile in Pearce was built in the late 1890s.
On our way into Courtland, some of the locals came out to greet us!
Our first stop was in North Courtland, at what used to be called the "Brick Block." This was a row of six shops that were 20 feet wide by 70 feet long, and housed a variety of businesses. It was also the only place in Courtland with a sidewalk.
The original Courtland Jail was a mine tunnel with a wood door. This one was built in 1909 at a cost of $1000.00. The two celled jail had sinks with running water and flushing toilets.
South Courtland. This rock building stood on the corner of "F" Avenue and Third Street, which is now known as Ghost Town Trail. Depending on who owned it at the time, it was a mercantile, photo studio, home, or office.
Walking down "F" Avenue to what used to be Main Street in South Courtland, you can find the ruins of the Arizona Hotel.
The towers in South Courtland are across Ghost Town Trail from the rock building. From this angle, we're actually looking at the back of the buildings. The fronts faced Second Street. Originally, these were cottages, but later served at the offices of the Great Western Mining Company.
The Courtland Cemetery is not usually included on the tour, but we had a small enough group to fit into the parking area. The cemetery was established in 1909.
During one of our work sessions in September, the slab graves of Thomas Allen and Jose Garcia were repaired. at the Courtland Cemetery
The grave of Simon Franklin, a black Civil War Veteran. The original headstone was vandalized. A new one took its place in September, 2018.
The cleanup of the cemetery makes it much easier to find the 85 graves there.
Our last stop is the Gleeson Jail, which was built in 1910 and is an exact duplicate of the Courtland Jail.
Looking from the back of the Gleeson Jail towards the mines that supported the town.
The inside of the Gleeson Jail is a wonderful museum with newspaper articles, artifacts, and memorabilia from "back in the day."
Family photos of past Gleeson residents are on the walls of the Gleeson Jail.
More old photos and things from the past inside the Gleeson Jail.
Yes, it actually works!
Thelma and Louse going for a spin in an old car at the Gleeson Jail.
One of many collections inside the Gleeson Jail.
The sheriff loves to tell jokes to a captive audience!