Message #79 From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Date: Sun, 01 Mar 1998 22:37:44 Subject: Go-John Stage Station--Cave Creek AZ [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : [ Precise location as given by author of message was eliminated from message -- SASIG Ed. ] From: Ralph G. Smith firstname.lastname@example.org Does anyone have information as to the history of the Go-John stage station, the ruins of which are located [ near ] the Town of Cave Creek? The stage road is said to have proceeded north, eventually to Fort Whipple. Reply: Mr. Smith -- With regard the history of Cave Creek, try "Cave Creek and Carefree, Arizona : A History of the Desert Foothills" by Frances C. Carlson, Published 1988. I do not know if it is the Go-John Station, but, the files of the archaeologist at the Arizona State Land Department contain information on a stage stop in the area. This stage stop was owned by Houck, who once ran a mail route from Ft. Wingate New Mexico to Holbrook (and Prescott ?) Arizona (see Book of Arizona Placenames by Wil C. Barnes or the later version by Byrd Howell Granger). At the end of his life, reportedly, Houck fed his chickens, took off his boots, took rat poison and committed suicide. He was buried in Phoenix and his stage stop and properties fell into ruins. The files at State Land are open to qualified researchers on a need-to-know basis. You may be able to obtain better information from local members of the Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society.