Excavating Pinnacle Peak Village, 2 Parts Start Here
Jan01

Excavating Pinnacle Peak Village, 2 Parts Start Here

Part 1. Pinnacle Peak Village, the archeological site, is located 1.5 miles southeast of Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona. In this multi-part  series, A Peek at the Peak (The Peak) will re-publish past articles about the site supplemented by information and photographs from “Pinnacle Peak, Images of America” that was written by the current editor of The Peak in 2011. We begin with Bob Mason’s article that...

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Excavating Pinnacle Peak Village, Part 2
May19

Excavating Pinnacle Peak Village, Part 2

Part 2 of 2 In Part 1 of this series, we published the beginning of Bob Mason’s article “Florence and Jerry Nelson Preserve History at Troon Village.”  Part 2 is the rest of Mason’s article, which describes additional types of artifacts found at the site and the open house that  was for the public held at the site in March 1988. Florence and Jerry Nelson Preserve History at Troon Village – Continued...

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Ft. McDowell Patrol Report, May 9th, 1870
Mar31

Ft. McDowell Patrol Report, May 9th, 1870

Ft. McDowell Patrol Reports Edited by Bob Mason   This is one in a series of rare patrol reports written by the officer in charge immediately after the return to McDowell. They offer a first hand look at a soldier’s life there in the 1860s. The exact grammar and punctuation are reproduced. Parenthetical notations have been made by the editor for clarity, except for numerals, which were included by the officer writing the report....

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Naming the Salt River
Oct31

Naming the Salt River

By Bob Mason The stream we now call the Salt River has had many names since Coronado’s men crossed its headwaters in 1540. They called it “Rio de las Balsas” or, The River of the Rafts.  On various other Spanish maps it has been called the Rio de las Asuncion, Azul, Prieto, Compuesto, Salado and Salinas. In 1826, the Pattie brothers trapped in the Mesa area and called it the Black River and Kit Carson, three years later, called...

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Mid-Air B-24 Crash: Part 3. Poscript
Sep15

Mid-Air B-24 Crash: Part 3. Poscript

Mid-Air B-24 Crash This article has been published in three parts. This is the last part. Editor Mid-Air B-24 Crash: Part 1. 1944 Collision Seen by Local Ranchers Mid-Air B-24 Crash: Part 2. Search for Crash Site Part 3. Postscript By Bob Mason The story of this search was written and published in the Fountain Hills newspaper in May of 2001. A week later, a local businessman who belonged to a World War II Bomber Group called the...

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