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.