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McFarland State Historic Park

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McFarland State Historic Park

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24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States

October 2019

In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes

October 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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Martha Summerhayes was a refined New England woman who entered the Arizona Territory in 1874 as the young bride of an Army Lieutenant. Traveling in horrific conditions and dreadful heat, she soon despised the wild and untamed land. She gave birth to the first anglo child born at Fort Apache where the native women took her under their care. Gradually, Martha‚Äôs attitude towards the desert changed and she soon came to love the starry nights, the clear air, and the…

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