Chiricahua National Monument has diverse human history. Discover the lives of people who lived here over thousands of years.

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Chiricahua Apache Before 1861

The Chiricahua Apache lived in the Southwest for hundreds of years and clashed with Mexican and American governments.

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Early Pioneers of Bonita Canyon

Discover a few of the early pioneers who first settled in and around what is now Chiricahua National Monument.

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The Stafford Family

The Stafford family homesteaded Bonita Canyon from 1880 to 1918.

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Roster of Individual Soldiers

Uncover the lives of soldiers who were stationed in Bonita Canyon in 1885-1886 during the Geronimo Campaign.

Mounted Buffalo Soldiers (10th Cavalry, Troop M) charging.
History of the 10th Cavalry

Learn about African American soldiers (Buffalo Soldiers) in the 10th Cavalry.

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Emma Erickson

Discover the story of Emma Peterson, a young Swedish immigrant who made southern Arizona her home.

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Neil Erickson

Follow Neil Erickson's life from Sweden to the US Army, US Forest Service, and Faraway Ranch.

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Lillian Erickson Riggs

Lillian ran Faraway Ranch for decades and advocated to protect what is now Chiricahua National Monument.

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Ed Riggs

Cochise County native Ed Riggs was important in developing Faraway Ranch and advocating for Chiricahua National Monument to be established.

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