The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, Yuma

Doug Hocking will speak on The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, at the Sanguinetti Gardens in Yuma, AZ at 7 p.m. on January 17, 2017 and again at 10 a.m. on the 18th. Tom Jeffords learned important lessons as a sea captain on the Great Lakes that stood him in good stead when he met Cochise and quickly earned his trust and respect. Tom fearlessly rode alone into Cochise’s camp to make the peace and friendship blossomed through the months that Cochise spent near the Canada Alamosa Reservation. At Cochise’s side when the chief lay dying, the Chiricahua said they would meet again “up there.” Tom went on to more adventures including sinking the wells for Tucson’s first water company, owning the famed Brunckow Mine and a 1/9th share of the Copper Queen. Doug’s biography of Jeffords is due in the spring of 2017 from TwoDot Books. Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Prescott

Doug Hocking will speak on The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise, at the Prescott Public Library at 5 p.m. on January 5, 2017. Tom Jeffords learned important lessons as a sea captain on the Great Lakes that stood him in good stead when he met Cochise and quickly earned his trust and respect. Tom fearlessly rode alone into Cochise’s camp to make the peace and friendship blossomed through the months that Cochise spent near the Canada Alamosa Reservation. At Cochise’s side when the chief lay dying, the Chiricahua said they would meet again “up there.” Tom went on to more adventures including sinking the wells for Tucson’s first water company, owning the famed Brunckow Mine and a 1/9th share of the Copper Queen. Doug’s biography of Jeffords is due in the spring of 2017 from TwoDot Books. Continue reading

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The Graves at Dragoon Springs, Pathfinders

Doug Hocking will speak on The Graves at Dragoon Springs, at 6 P.M. Friday, November 4, to the Pathfinders at the Arizona Historical Society Museum on 2nd St. in Tucson. There are four graves at the Overland Mail Station at Dragoon Springs. Forest Service signage says they are the graves of four Confederate soldiers killed May 5, 1862. However, two of the graves have been there since 1858. Who really lies buried there? What are the exciting stories behind their demise? Continue reading

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Fort Bowie, AZ

We went out to Fort Bowie for the Centennial of the U.S. Park Service. B Troop was there and we hiked in and around the fort. Fort Bowie was founded in 1862 by the California Column and name for one of their officers. Old Fort Bowie is on a hilltop above Apache Spring and was there to guard this important water source where the Battle of Apache Pass was fought for possession.

Fort Bowie 010Remains of the stone Overland Mail Stage Station where Lieutenant George Bascom held off Cochise for 14 days in 1861. The walk in to the fort is full of history.

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Sky Rock

Sky Rock is a song by Carol Markstrom on her album, Crossing Borders. It was a fabulous dance pavilion way up Texas Canyon (near I-10 at the Dragoon exit). Built in the 1930s for the Adam’s Family Rodeo, we’ve only found one photo. Enjoy the song here.

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Santa Fe Indian Market

There is nothing quite like Santa Fe Indian Market. See my video here. We had a great time making some new friends and seeing old ones. We sold a lot of books. This year we got there a day early and were able to visit Rancho de Golodrinas with Oscar, an excellent guide, and got to see the Santa Fe petroglyphs.

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Trading Posts

I love a good old trading post. I grew up with one, the Apache Mercantile in Dulce, N.M. The next nearest store was 90 miles away in Farmington. We thought of that as the “big city,” after all, it had two main streets. The trading post had everything you might need from canned peaches to chaps, 50-lb sacks of flour and beans to saddles.
Apache MerchantileTrading Posts have an interesting history. The government licensed traders to Indians theoretically controlling the trade and keeping it honest. Thus the government established a monopoly for the trader leading to constant accusations that the traders were over-charging. This led to price controls and the ruin of many traders. It also led to a good many gifts to elected officials in order to obtain the license. Continue reading

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The Graves at Dragoon Springs, WNPA

Western National Parks Association, Oro Valley

Doug Hocking will speak on The Graves at Dragoon Springs, at 12 P.M., and 2 P.M. Saturday, August 27, at the Western National Parks Store in Oro Valley. There are four graves at the Overland Mail Station at Dragoon Springs. Forest Service signage says they are the graves of four Confederate soldiers killed May 5, 1862. However, two of the graves have been there since 1858. Who really lies buried there? What are the exciting stories behind their demise? Continue reading

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Going to Santa Fe for Indian Market August 18 to 21

We’ll be in Santa Fe from August 18th to the 21st signing books at the Eldorado Hotel, Native Treasures Show, 309 San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM. Meet the author.

Author Doug Hocking will be signing his booksdoug 027closeMassacre at Point of Rocks, Mystery of Chaco Canyon, Wildest West and Devil on the Loose – at the Native Treasures Show in the Eldorado Hotel, August 18th to the 21st, 2016. Doug grew up in the Rio Arriba on the Jicarilla Reservation and is a graduate of McCurdy HS. He is currently on the board of the Arizona Historical Society and the Southern Trails Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association and is Sheriff of the Cochise County Corral of the Westerners in Tombstone. His work has appeared in True West, Wild West and the Journal of Arizona History. His historical fiction is set in the Southwest in the 1850s and 60s.

Doug’s biography of Tom Jeffords, The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise is due from TwoDot Books spring 2017.

Drop by and see us in Santa Fe! We’ll be under this banner.

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Land of the Mountain Men

Debbie keeps telling people at shows – we’ll be at the Santa Fe Indian Market in the Eldorado Hotel at a show called Native Treasures the third week of August – that our travels are posted on the website. Actually, they’ve been posted to Facebook Doug Hocking Author Page. But I need to update the photos on the web page.

In June, we were in Wyoming for the Western Writers of America Conference and took the opportunity to visit places I had never been. We looked into the world of the Mountain Men.Betakin 137We visited many of the Rendezvous sites. This one is in Riverton where the Wind River and Bighorn come together. It’s in an industrial park and not a very attractive site. Continue reading

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