Historical Society Spring Trek to Cedar Springs Massacre Site

Safford, AZ – It’s that time of year for the annual Spring Trek hosted by the Graham County Historical Society (GCHS). On Saturday, April 27, members and friends will travel to the Cedar Springs area along the Aravaipa-Klondyke Road to visit three historically significant sites.

  • The first will be the Cedar Springs Ranch House, once a stage stop in the road between Ft. Grant and Ft. Thomas.
  • Next will be a site of an event known as the Samaniego Massacre, where a band of Apaches attacked a Mexican wagon train.
  • The final stop is the resting place of Margaret (Maggie) Peterson Johnson, an early pioneer of Glenbar and Safford, who later ran a place for travelers on that road to eat and rest.

To join the expedition, meet at the parking lot of the Pima LDS Chapel on U.S. 70 at 8:30 a.m. as the tour will promptly depart at 9:00. Carpooling opportunities will be available and the public is welcome to the free event. Trekkers should bring plenty of water, a lunch, sunscreen and a sun hat; please wear sturdy shoes. The party will return to Pima by 2:00 p.m.

Anyone wishing to become a GCHS member can do so at that time or via information available online at www.grahamazhistory.org/. Annual membership is $25 per family.

For further information, contact Mike Crockett at (928) 792-8516.