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The Fight in the Salt River Canyon: Skull Cave, December 1872
Sun City, Arizona – Thursday, April 21, 2011 – Sun Valley Lodge will conclude its 2011 Discover Arizona series on Thursday, April 28th at 10:00 AM with a program entitled “The Fight in the Salt River Canyon: Skull Cave, December 1872.”
The Fight at Skull Cave in the Salt River Canyon took place during General George Crook’s Tonto Basin campaign in December 1872. It proved to be an important engagement during General Crook’s first campaign in the Arizona Territory; it was a testing ground for his method of using tribal scouts and mule pack trains along with small columns of soldiers for search-and-destroy missions against hostile Apaches and their Yavapai allies. This presentation looks at the battle from both sides, with a focus on what many believe to be the most important witness, Mike Burns, a Yavapai boy who was captured right before the cave stronghold was discovered.
The program is being presented by Dale Curtis Miles who was born on the San Carlos Apache Tribal Area and was their first tribal historian.
The Discover Arizona programs are free and open to the public. They are made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council. Sun Valley Lodge is located at 12415 N. 103rd Avenue in Sun City. For more information please call (623) 933-0137.
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