Globe, Arizona is situated between Miami and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, with the Sierra Anchas to the north, and Pinal Mountains to the south. Read about its “Old West” history.
Interesting Facts about Globe, Arizona
In the 1820’s and 1830’s, mountain men and explorers discovered an abundance of minerals in the area. By 1864, treasure-hunters began prospecting. Six Shooter Canyon, which led to the base of the Pinals, was given its name by early miners who packed their pistols to protect themselves against the raiding Apaches.
Globe, founded in 1875 as a camp for silver-mining, became the Gila County seat in 1881. Copper mining eventually became “King,” and remains one of the few copper smelters in our Nation today. A stage line linked Globe to Silver City, New Mexico, and a Southern Pacific train station, built in 1910, brought in new families.
Old West history beckons the traveler to consider a trip to Globe. A colorful past echoes through its hills, buildings and cemeteries. The old Gila County Courthouse, built in 1905 at 101 North Broad Street, saw many notorious outlaws brought to justice, tried, then hanged there.
Mrs. A.C. Swift opened the first school in 1877 with 20 pupils. Central School was built in 1891, and remains the oldest school building still used in Arizona. The Noftsger Hill School, a classical revival structure built in 1917, now hosts guests as a popular bed and breakfast inn.
Globe’s Arizona Silver Belt published its first newspaper on May 2, 1878, and over the years ran news covering stagecoach holdups, lynchings, saloon brawls, Apache raids, bronc riding, fiddling contests, and other raucous events.
Some Famous, Some Nororious People Around Globe
The Apache kid (Haskay-bay-nay-natyl) became a U.S. Cavalry scout in the mid-1880’s for Al Sieber, Chief of Army Scouts. The Apache Kid worked in Arizona and New Mexico until he became involved in a killing incident and riot. His last trial was held in the old courthouse on October 23, 1889. He was convicted and ordered to be sent to the Yuma Territorial Prison, and while being transported there, he murdered Globe’s Sheriff Glen Reynolds near Kearny, and escaped.
Big Nose Kate (lover of Doc Holliday) ran a boarding house in 1880 on Globe’s Broad Street, Ike Clanton’s surviving brother, Phineas, moved to Globe in 1884, after serving time for a stage robbery, and lived in Globe until his death in 1906. His grave is at the old Globe Cemetery,
Female outlaw Pearl Hart held up the last stagecoach on May 29, 1899, just outside of Globe.
a “William T. Phillips” came to Globe in 1909 from South America. Some believed he was really Richard Leroy Parker…Butch Cassidy.He worked in construction and on cattle ranches until Summer 1910, when he left for Washington.
George W. P. Hunt , the first six-term Governor of Arizona, got his first job waiting on tables in a Globe saloon.
Rose Perica Mofford, born June 10, 1922, in Globe, began her career in State government as a secretary. When Governor Raul Castro announced his resignation to become Ambassador to Argentina, Secretary of State Wesley Bolin ascended to the Governor’s chair, and Rose was appointed to serve the remainder of Bolin’s Secretary of State position on October 20, 1977. She remained Arizona’s Secretary of State until April 4, 1988, when Governor Evan Mecham was impeached. Mofford became Acting Governor until Mecham’s trial and removal from office. She was then sworn in as the first female, and 18th Governor of Arizona on April 5, 1988, serving until March 6, 1991.