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BRAD SMITH. The Stagecoach through Apache Country: A history of the stagecoach companies and stage stations in northeastern Cochise County, Arizona Territory 1857-1880

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BRAD SMITH. The Stagecoach through Apache Country: A history of the stagecoach companies and stage stations in northeastern Cochise County, Arizona Territory 1857-1880. Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society, 73 pages, Paperback, $15. Limited to 200 signed and numbered copies.

Many people can picture a scene from a favorite Western movie that includes an attack on a stagecoach. But was it really that way? Were there really adventures to be experienced? In this geographic area of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, stories unfold one after the other over the entire period from 1857 to 1880. With the Apache unrest this was one of the most exciting areas in all of frontier Arizona.

The long-distance stage began as an experiment to move the mail overland across a sprawling wilderness to a demanding public in California. Along the way you will meet the people, the places and events that shaped one of the most exciting eras in Arizona history.