Got back from Santa Fe yesterday afternoon and bailed right back into the final sketches and sidebars for our big Power Brothers Classic Gunfight package that goes to press tomorrow.
Long Strange Trip
One of the sidebars I want to include in the package is to track the distance and rough terrain the four-man posse encountered just trying to get to the Power cabin. This is not a stroll to a nearby corral.
• So, the four-man posse drove from Safford to Klondyke in Sheriff Frank McBride's Model T. It's about 30 miles, or a forty-five minute drive today. How long do you think it took them in 1918?
• When they arrived in Klondyke they were provided horses and weapons by a Mr. Upchurch. Who was he and what time did they leave his ranch for the trek to the Power cabin?
• Since they approached the cabin to attempt the arrest at 7:30 the next morning, I assume they basically rode all night?
• I noticed there is no photograph of U.S. Marshal Frank Haynes in your book. Why is that? And where can I find a photo of him?
End of questions.
Here for your behind-the-scenes-history-reading-pleasure are the deep details from a consummate, meticulous researcher:
"Travel time: roads were poor and Model Ts slow (max speed 45 mph). The drive from Safford to Klondyke was 2 to 3 hours depending on conditions (and how many tires you had to change). Also, in 1918, the old Aravaipa road wasn't finished. To go from Klondyke to the Gila Valley back then, one had to drive south around the mountains and through Bonita [Yes, the spot where Billy the Kid killed his first man, Windy Cahill]. The trip was probably around 50 miles, rather than the 30 miles it is today. When I went to Klondyke from Safford a few months ago on the direct route, it was about a 45 minute drive—much of it is unpaved and slow going.
Many folks suggested the Power posse members were drinking, because liquor bottles were found on the trail. But that's rumor.