Saturday, March 19, 2011

Border Tale: Note from a Friend

An expert on border history, he sent a photo of a grave.

Sadness. Back when Apache warriors divided their attacks between southern Arizona and Mexico, a young Mexican boy was sent from an isolated Arizona ranch to buy a saddle in a nearby town. He was intercepted by a raiding party and killed. The rancher ordered that the boy be buried where his body was found, perhaps as a warning..

Beauty. The grave is under some mesquite trees in a lonely spot that looks like a breeding ground for rattlesnakes. For well over 125 years, the descendents of the ranch foreman have continued to maintain the boy's final resting place.

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