. . . . .
At least one of the important sites
linked to the 1872 peace treaty.
The rock formation shown in the Forbes photo lies southwest of the entrance to the West Stronghold Canyon and it is as pristine a spot today as it was in 1872 -- safely located on National Forest property miles away from the nearest paved road. A private ranch closely borders this location, but the owner is cognizant of the historical importance of the unmarked area and has vowed to protect it (a fact for which I can personally vouch). The exact location of this site was "lost" to modern historians until it was re-discovered in the 1990's by William Gillespie, currently residing in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
IS ASSUMED TO BE AT LEAST ONE OF THE SPOTS WHERE COCHISE HELD MEETINGS
SITE AS IT LOOKS TODAY
The site in the photo is assumed to
be the spot where Cochise and his lieutenants discussed the matter of making
peace and, in fact, came to their history making decision. A
closer examination of the area seems to suggest that the group of rocks
and boulders adjacent to this spot would actually make a far more
functional conference site. This observation was made just last year,
in my presence, by a close friend of mine who is wholly attuned to the
spiritual aspects of Cochise and his land. Here I wish to thank Marybeth
Dawson for her uncanny insight. She is a sincere devotee of the subject
and I consider her observations invaluable. The next two photos illustrate
the area in question -- which is within three feet of the site that Forbes
This specific area, however, is not
the actual site of Cochise's camp and was never presented as such.
The whereabouts of that all-important "rancheria" has been lost to us until
just very recently, thanks to the surfacing of a second extremely revealing
photograph, and to the actions of Cochise's biographer Ed Sweeney in recognizing
its immense historical value. Beginning in September, 2000, a sequence
of serrendipitous events unfolded that eventually led to the re-discovery
of Cochise's exact camp and even to the pinpointing of the great chieftain's
"shi-kow-ah", or house.