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Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 9:10 am
by Wild Bill
I have recently recieved written permission from the Tonto National Forest Service to get a group of Volunteers together and restore the David Gowan Grave on the Deer Creek trail in the tonto basin ranger district, the local Home'depot is possibly Donating the fencing, there will be 18 pieces that will need to be carried out there plus a few tools, I will be staging the fencing near the windmill area about 1 miles into the hike so we will only have to carry the fencing about 2 of the 3 miles. Please contact me @ 928-978-4945 if interested we all will need to sign a volunteer form for the Forest servic prior to in events. So on March 10th at 8 a.m. at the Deer Creek trail head, Hwy 87 & 188 Please come and join in on this event to preserve a Historical grave site

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 9:12 am
by Wild Bill
I have limited internet access So please call the phone number above

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 9:13 am
by azbackpackr
Sounds fun and interesting!

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 9:38 am
by Wild Bill
I've been in a battle to get this done and finally I did it, I have their permission to get this done finally yes!

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 10:08 am
by azbackpackr
I'd join you but I'm kind of far away. ;)

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 10:33 am
by kingsnake
I tried googling the name, but there are a lot of David Gowans. Not meaning to be smart, but who was he?

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 10:47 am
by Wild Bill
David Gowan was one of the first pioneers of the area, he is known for homesteading at the Tonto Natural bridge, he had one of the most sucessful gold claims in the region on the East Verde river west of Payson, A great free spirited mountain man

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 10:49 am
by Wild Bill
David D. Gowan 1843-1926

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 10:53 am
by Wild Bill

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 12:06 pm
by WilliamnWendi
Found this link too. What a life this guy led! http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_de ... 49f4de8087
This page also notes the headstone also cites the wrong date of death!
Current state? http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=145272

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 12:43 pm
by azbackpackr
I love obscure historical figures! Reminds me of that book about the prospector in the Mojave Desert, by Colin Fletcher (which I and about 5 other people have read, but it's actually pretty interesting) called The Man from the Cave.

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 1:18 pm
by SuperstitionGuy
azbackpackr wrote:I love obscure historical figures! Reminds me of that book about the prospector in the Mojave Desert, by Colin Fletcher (which I and about 5 other people have read, but it's actually pretty interesting) called The Man from the Cave.
Plus one makes six.... ;)

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 06 2012 5:45 pm
by WilliamnWendi
Sounds fun! I'll commit myself. Wendi might tag-along, but I would not include her in the count.

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 07 2012 8:11 am
by WilliamnWendi
If it garners a few more volunteers, I'll bring a six pack of Left Hand"s Milk Stout! :D

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 07 2012 9:20 am
by Wild Bill
There will be an article in the Payson round-up very soon, Hope to see you all out there! thanks for your support! :y:

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 08 2012 1:08 am
by Moovyoaz
The Payson Roundup also runs a series of articles by Stan Brown on the history of the Rim area.
http://www.paysonroundup.com/search/?q= ... ortby=date
Many explore the isolated graves of early settlers found along roads and trails in the Rim Country.
The Grave Of Davy Gowan
http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2008/ ... _grave_of/

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 08 2012 8:29 am
by The_Eagle
@Moovyoaz
Interesting article on Gowan... Thanks

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 08 2012 5:54 pm
by DBmooner
that sounds like a fun way to spend the weekend if im able to go i will probly stay over night on saterday

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 16 2012 8:52 am
by Wild Bill
Ok so, Home-depot is donating the fencing and I talked with the owner of the ranch he is going to let me drive accross his property to stage the fencing near the windmill area so we won't have to carry the fencing as far only about 2 of the 3 miles, the Payson round-up will be doing an article in the living section on Friday by Pete Aleshire :D

Re: Restore the David Gowan Grave site

Posted: Feb 16 2012 11:19 am
by azbackpackr
Pete Aleshire? Doesn't he also write books? Very cool. I hope you get a good turnout. Be sure to remind folks to bring hats, food, water, sunscreen, gloves, tools (if necessary), etc. Just in case you get some folks from Payson who are not regular hikers.