Saturday, October 4, 2014
Shut out of the Slaughter Ranch
We pulled up to the gate to the Slaughter Ranch, and saw that it was closed. It's closed every Monday, and only open the last part of the week. So much for great planning! I'd wanted to see the ranch, so we'll see if we make it back out. "Texas" John Slaughter was a prominent rancher in Cochise County, who made peace with the Indians when he settled what became his ranch (which included land in Mexico, as well as the US). He also was the one asked to make peace in the county after the Earp/Clanton Feud in Tombstone had it's climax at the OK Corral in 1881. He seems like a pretty upstanding guy and it would have been fun to see the ranch and learn more about him and the history of Cochise County. I'd heard that he hired a Mormon polygamist to work on his ranch and the polygamist had built a cabin straddling the US/Mexican border, so he had one wife in the US, the other in Mexico, but since we didn't get to go there, I guess that's just hearsay.
Nearest City: Douglas, AZ
Location: 15 miles east of Douglas, AZ
Additional Info: Slaughter Ranch Website