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Are you ready?  Entry number 8.  Really chugging along here, like a high speed rail across the country to different corners.  Small counties?  You got it.  Populated counties?  Yessir! ... or ma'am.  I won't be sexist.  No sluts or prostitutes here, no way.

Here is how this project of mine goes.  Each and every week (or more often), using a random number generator I pick one county from the United States and give a little bit of information on that county.  I am going with five general pieces of information - historical, cultural, news, natural, political, etc. - to share about the county I choose.  Ideally, I'll stick it out until every single county in the United States is completed.

Here we go, Round 8!

This entry is the seventh of the counties.  The randomly selected celebrity county is...

Gila County, Arizona

Incorporated: February 8, 1881
Population: 53,597
Total Area: 4,795.74 square miles
County Seat: Globe

Senators: John McCain (R), Jeff Flake (R)
Representative: Ann Kirkpatrick (D)

1st Congressional District

(1) The current county seat, Globe, AZ, was established in July 1876, before the county existed.  The city was founded as a mining town in an area with ample water.  Once the county itself was incorporated, the town of Globe was "important enough" to have a stagecoach connection to Silver City, NM.  Despite this big time connection, Globe was a frontier town, complete with murders, stagecoach robberies, outlaws, lynchings, and Apache raids from the nearby San Carlos Apache Reservation.  In modern Globe, mining, tourism, government, and retirees are the main source of income in the city's economy.

(2) The original Gila County Courthouse in downtown globe was the center of legal action in the county.  The second county courthouse in the state, it was build in September 1888 and is now a member of the registry of National Historic Places.  It was built from stone from the San Carlos reservation and lasted until the 1970's when the demand outgrew the size of the courthouse.  The basement to the courthouse was home to the Sherrif's office, the County Jail, and sixteen cells.  

It is now home to the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, featuring  fine art exhibits, theater, artist studios, classes, a music academy, dance studio, frame shop and gift shop.


(3) Bet you didn't know that Gila County had a twelve year feud between two families; the cattle-herding Grahams and the sheep-herding Tewksburys.  The Pleasant Valley War lasted for over a decade and was one of the most deadly feuds in American history with both families both being nearly completely destroyed.  The feud was fought over water rights, grazing rights, property rights, and border disagreements.  Anywhere from 20-34 people were killed during this period.  

The weapon below is that of the famous American scout Frederick Russel Burnham, who was dragged unwillingly into the conflict and even marked for death, although he did manage to escape the feud lands.  

(4) In 1967, the Supreme court came to a decision that held that juveniles accused of crimes in a delinquency proceeding must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults, such as the right to timely notification of the charges, the right to confront witnesses, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to counsel.

When fifteen-year-old Gerald Gault of Globe, Arizona, allegedly made an obscene phone call to a neighbor, he was arrested by the local police, who failed to inform his parents. After a hearing in which the neighbor didn’t even testify, Gault was promptly sentenced to six years in a juvenile “boot camp” for an offense that would have cost an adult only two months. Even in a nation fed up with juvenile delinquency, that sentence seemed over the top and inspired a spirited defense on Gault’s behalf. Led by Norman Dorsen, the ACLU ultimately took Gault’s case to the Supreme Court and in 1967 won a landmark decision authored by Justice Abe Fortas. Widely celebrated as the most important children’s rights case of the twentieth century, In re Gault affirmed that children have some of the same rights as adults and formally incorporated the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process protections into the administration of the nation’s juvenile courts.

(5) Tonto National Monument is a National Monument in central Arizona, United States with well preserved cliff dwellings dating back to the 13th century.  The people of the Salado culture that lived here farmed in the Salt River valley and were considered some of the finest craftsmen of the area.  

These are no small dwellings!  The lower dwelling has sixteen rooms in three floors, and the upper dwelling has forty rooms in two floors.

Well I really enjoyed this.  Did you?  DID YOU?!?  Good.... I thought so.

Originally posted to Reality Bytes on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM PST.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

    by NetminderElite on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:11:10 PM PST

  •  About 3,219 counties (4+ / 0-)

    (and county equivalents) in the US of A.

    One awesome diary like this every day, and you'll be done in about 8 years and 9 months.

    Stretch it out to one awesome diary a week and it will take you about 60 years.

  •  I've been to Globe a time or two. (7+ / 0-)

    I live in Tucson, and we often stop over in Globe on our way to the White Mountains. There's a cool B&B there, the Noftsger Hill Inn. It was a school in Globe's heyday and the rooms are the old classrooms. It's the biggest hotel room you'll ever stay in. There are some cool Indian ruins there, Besh-be-Gowah, and a great store for Geronimo kitsch and garden ornaments, the Pickle Barrel Trading Post.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:49:08 PM PST

    •  Part of what makes these diaries so much fun... (5+ / 0-)

      ...is that there is always responses like yours which are just expanding on what I've started.  I limit myself to five points for each county, so its just a taste or sampling.  But I know there is so much more and love hearing from the comments.

      "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"

      by NetminderElite on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:28:48 PM PST

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    •  My eldest brother (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Azazello

      used to live in Globe.  We visited there in 1964.  My sisters, two of my nieces, and I spent the week scavenging pop bottles to turn in for the deposit so we could go to the movies, since that was pretty much the only place in town with air conditioning.  We saw The Longest Day five and a half times in four days.

      You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

      by PSzymeczek on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:48:50 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I don't get the sluts and prostitutes joke. (1+ / 0-)
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    Lorikeet

    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:26:21 PM PST

  •  My Dad, who will turn 80 after the new year, (5+ / 0-)
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    Renee, Kevskos, Azazello, melfunction, Odysseus

    is still going strong, and retired in Globe.
    I will be visiting him around that time.
    We will go fishing on Roosevelt lake, if
    the weather is good, and no matter what,
    we will be eating some great Mexican food
    from Chalo's, or El Rey, or Irene's.

    I used to do a bit of work around
    there when I lived down in the valley.
    I understand a new mine is being opened
    east of Globe/Miami past the Cobre valley but
    before you get to the Top of the World, where
    they actually had some hardwood orchards.

    Gila is an interesting place, kind of at a point
    where three distinct geo-eco systems meet.
    An hour north, across the Salt River Canyon, you
    have the alpine forests of the Mogollon rim.
    West and down into the valleys, you get into
    the fringe north east of the great Sonoran desert.
    East to the continental divide and miles of rugged
    beauty of reservation and ranch land. With mountains,
    old volcanoes, and the stray government lake.
    The roads southeast and north go through some of
    the least populated regions left in the entire southwest.
    Lots of Mormon pioneers settled around the area.

    Of course, Globe itself is home to at least one copper
    smelter, and the evidence is plain to see in form of
    huge mountains of tailings lining the main highway.
    Yeah, and water pollution issues because of them.

    Thanks for all of your efforts.

  •  I had a Geography Professor (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    whose side project was to visit every county seat in the U.S. and photograph their courthouse.

    Even at near retirement age, I don't think he completed his task.

  •  Payson is pretty nice as is the whole Mogollon Rim (0+ / 0-)

    Globe has a pretty cool mining museum too.

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