The Archeology of Faraway Ranch, Arizona: Prehistoric, Historic, and 20th Century
From its tenuous beginning as an 1880s pioneer homestead in the
Chiricahua Mountains, to its development into a thriving 20th century
Arizona ranch, Faraway Ranch exemplifies the changing history of rural
life on the western frontier. This report chronicles a part of that
history through its material remains, as revealed by the first complete
archeological survey of the now-abandoned ranch property.
Intended primarily as an inventory and management tool for the
National Park Service (Chiricahua National Monument) which purchased
the ranch property in 1978, the report integrates the preliminary
description of surface archeological features with known and
hypothesized activities occurring at the ranch between 1888 and 1978.
The report also illustrates a long history of ancillary use of the area.
Included is evidence of substantial prehistoric aboriginal occupation,
homesteading by another pioneer family, and the remains of an 1885-1886
military camp established by the 10th Cavalry "Buffalo Soldiers" during
the Geronimo Campaign.
Cite this Record
The Archeology of Faraway Ranch, Arizona: Prehistoric, Historic, and 20th Century. Mark F. Baumler. Publications in Anthropology ,24. Tucson, Arizona: Western Archeological and Conservation Center. 1984 ( tDAR id: 4259) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8MP51QJ
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
Agricultural or Herding • Archaeological Feature • Domestic Structure or Architectural Complex • Domestic Structures • Resource Extraction / Production / Transportation Structure or Features
Calendar Date: 0 to 1978
min long: -109.407; min lat: 31.99 ; max long: -109.302; max lat: 32.021 ;
Individual & Institutional Roles
Contributor(s): Richard V. N. Ahlstrom; Lisa G. Eppley
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