Thursday, December 31, 2015

Civil War in Arizona: Photos of Picacho Pass skirmish site

On April 15, 1862, a small Union cavalry force was routed at Picacho Pass, about 40 miles north of Tucson, Ariz.,  by about 200 Rebels. The skirmish site, among the western-most engagements of the Civil War, is inaccessible to the public but may be seen from Picacho Peak State Park . For a spectacular view, you can take a park trail to the top of a mountain, as my daughter and I did last weekend. Here's even more on Pichacho Pass on my blog.
A small wayside exhibit at Picacho Peak State Park explains the fighting at Picacho Pass.
Sadly, your humble blogger, an Alabama fan, appears in the image. Roll Tide!
The skirmish site is across U.S. Interstate 10, in the shadow of the Picacho Mountains.
Saguaro cactus near Picacho Pass.
Rugged, beautiful ground near Picacho Pass.
Another view of the rugged ground near the skirmish site.
Daughter Jessie Banks with her dad at Picacho Peak State Park, near Picacho Pass.
The skirmish site, inaccessible to the public, is several hundred yards beyond this sign.
                                           Click at upper right for interactive panorama.

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