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Arizona Archaeological Society, Desert Foothills Chapter

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Arizona Archaeological Society, Desert Foothills Chapter


February 2023

Along the California Trail: Our State’s Pioneers with Jay Cravath

February 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ 85331 United States
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An ancient set of Indigenous paths and the natural flow of the Gila River created a major artery for travel through pioneer Arizona. The Gila provided a ready route for the earliest traders, including Toltecs of Mexico, who traded with the Mogollon, Anasazi and Hohokam. The intrepid Padre Francisco Garces, performed missionary work during six excursions along the trail. As well, Bautista de Anza and Marcos de Niza passed by. Various U.S. surveying expeditions, immigrants—such as the ill-fated Oatman family—and…

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