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.


Discover how copper mining brought its version of the Wild West to Bisbee.


Visit the John Slaughter Ranch, the home of another Cochise County lawman, near the city of Douglas to learn about his contribution in taming the West.


Discover the important role of the Buffalo Soldiers, who came together at Fort Huachuca next to Sierra Vista to quell Apache raids in the 1880s.


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.”


Celebrate Warren Earp, the only Earp brother buried in Arizona, during Western Heritage Days held in July in Willcox. Enjoy Willcox's rich western heritage over Rex Allen Days in October.


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