Old West History
Pioneer settlers and their cattle drives. Gold and silver mine prospecting. Cochise, Geronimo and the Apache Indian wars. They all made Cochise County what it is today! Explore the past and see how the Old West shaped today’s landscape.
The Town of Benson has a unique role in the Old West history, as it was the site of the Butterfield Overland Stage. Every fall, Benson holds the Butterfield Overland Stage Days and commemorates those days with a Pony Express ride. Later, the Southern Pacific Railroad came to Benson and transformed it into a bustling train depot.
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral. What actually happened with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and the McLaurys? People still debate what took place in the “Town Too Tough To Die.”