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Klondyke Cemetery, AZ

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Trailhead Elevation 3,500 feet
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Avg Time One Way 1 hour
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Shot down with his hands up in his own door
by kingsnake

Warning: The cemetery appears to be public, but to the best of my knowledge is surrounded by the Flying Diamond Ranch, and is fenced along Aravaipa Rd.

History: The Powers' Cabin Shootout, in 1918, was the Old West's last great gunfight. With the U.S. entry to World War I in 1917, there was a draft. In 1918, the Power boys were called up. They said they were told they were not needed, while local authorities claimed Old Man Power (Tom Sr.) convinced them to dodge the draft. When a posse showed up outside their cabin, a shootout ensued. Three of the four posse members were killed, as well as Old Man Power, while Tom Jr., John Power and family friend Tom Sisson escaped to Mexico. After the "largest manhunt in Arizona history", they were arrested, returned to the U.S., and sent to Florence. Tom Sisson died in prison, age 87, in 1957. Tom Jr. and John were paroled in 1960, then pardoned in 1969. Tom Jr. died in Sunset, AZ, in 1970 -- some say he was poisoned -- while John died in Aravaipa in 1976.

Hike: If you walk up the wash and jeep trail from Klondyke Rd., it is a half mile, 150 AEG, one way, walk. The entrance to the cemetery faces east, and the graves generally face southeast, so you will have good light for taking photographs. There are at least thirteen graves in the cemetery, three of which are unmarked. Old Man Power, his mother Martha, daughter Ola May, and sons John and Tom Jr. are buried there, as well as other various locals. The most recent memorialized burial is dated 1981. It would make a quick & interesting stop on your way to/from your hike to Powers Cabin.

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2015-09-28 kingsnake

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    Klondyke Cemetery
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    I had intended to stop here on my May visit ( [ photoset ] and [ photoset ] ) to the east end of Aravaipa, but was not sure where the cemetery was. This time, I knew. There is no place to park, so my wife dropped me off, and I made my way up the hill to the cemetery. (Some fences may have been involved ... :whistle: )

    I found 14 graves, three unmarked. Only nine are listed on Find-A-Grave ( ... 7048 ), of which three -- Frank Landsman, Joseph Gosnold Bleak and Fidencio Moraga "Phil" Quijada -- I did not find. I wonder if they are the three unmarked graves? The most recent marked grave was a 1981 burial for a Vietnam vet. The cemetery had a nice gate, with a small picnic area outside. Nice views of the ranches in the valley -- which the topo says is part of Aravaipa Canyon :-k -- Klondyke and the Galiuros.

    Afterwards, we headed up to the TNC property at Cobra Ranch for a presentation by the manager, Mark Haberstich. He said that Aravaipa's watershed is 520,000 acres in the Pinalenos, Galiuros, and Santa Teresa's, but that 40% of the flow comes from just 20,000 acres in the Santa Teresa's. They are working on restoring native grasses, which should help increase the water table. Also, as we would later find out, the wild turkey introduction has been doing so well that some of them have managed to migrate all the way west to the San Pedro River.


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    From U.S. 70, when you are about four miles north of Pima, opposite a utility station is Klondyke Rd. Turn west on it, cross the railroad tracks onto a very nice dirt road, and proceed 27 miles to a T-intersection. The road is rather staight, but there are a few tight turns as you cross over the pass between the Pinalenos and Santa Teresa's. Left to Ft. Grant, right to Klondyke. The cemetery is about 6.5 miles north, just before Klondyke, on a small hill to your right. There is no place to park, so you will either need a drop off (as I did), or perhaps park one mile further north at the Klondyke School.
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