From Our Last Tour...
We had a great time on our April 2019 tour! Since it was the day before Easter, a little bonus was included with an Easter Egg hunt. Phil Gessart hid chocolate eggs around the Cochise Hotel, and two eggs were hidden at each stop after that. One of the eggs contained a coupon for a prize to be redeemed at the end of the tour when we arrived at the Gleeson Jail.
Even though the winds kicked up, and we got sandblasted in Courtland, everyone had a good time.
Photo contributors for the slide show below are: Sharon Haddaway, Eric Cee, Joanne Rummel, Fred Fleming, and Clay Posey.
The Cochise Hotel is the oldest hotel in the state of Arizona.
Cochise Hotel owner Phil Gessart gives a little history before turning everyone loose to explore the hotel and grounds.
The lobby of the Cochise Hotel
The Cochise Hotel is furnished in the Victorian style of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
You never know what you'll see inside the Cochise Hotel.
One of the guest rooms inside the Cochise Hotel.
Old mercantile across the street from the Cochise Hotel
Beautiful piano inside the Cochise Hotel
Folks on the tour at the Cochise Hotel
This Oldest Homestead House in SE Arizona was moved to this location from Willcox in the late 1800s
The little one-room house is filled with items from "back in the day."
An old REO decorates the yard.
The Donaths do a great job keeping the house in repair.
This is a great place to get your prickly pear jelly and candy!
Soto Bros. & Renaud Mercantile. Sure wish the owner would open the store for the tours!
The Pearce Cemetery is 40 acres, with the first burials in the late 1800s, and is still active today.
Carolyn Gray (far right) explains the history of the Pearce Cemetery
There are quite a few veterans buried in the Pearce Cemetery
A little artwork on this grave.
Opening the Pearce Jail
Inside the Pearce Jail
The Rust Garden in "downtown" Pearce
The Pack Rat Table in North Courtland
The sidewalk in front of what used to be the brick building in North Courtland.
Courtland Jail built in 1909
South Courtland. Originally, these were cottages. They later became the offices for the Great Western Copper Company
The rock building across the road from the cottages. This was a mercantile, photography studio, home, office, store...just depended on who owned it at the time.
We had a small enough group that we were able to see the Courtland Cemetery.
The Courtland Cemetery was established in 1909.
Simon P. Franklin was a black Civil War Veteran. His funeral was the biggest one ever held in Courtland. He had a Honor Guard, marching band, gun salute and flag draped coffin.
The last stop on the tour was the Gleeson Jail
Gleeson Jail . This wagon was used to haul supplies and dynamite up to the mines.
Inside the Gleeson Jail
The inside the Gleeson Jail is full of artifacts and memorabilia from the early 1900s
You can't see everything in the Gleeson Jail the first time. Every time you visit, you'll see something you didn't see before.
Each cell had a sink with running water, flushing toilet, and a wood stove for heat in the winter.
The winner of the Easter Egg hunt picked up her chocolate rabbit at the Gleeson Jail.