Fort Whipple Cavalry Horses


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Some corralled cavalry horses at Fort Whipple barracks near Prescott, Arizona.

Fort Whipple, named after Amiel Weeks Whipple, a United States Army officer who explored northern Arizona in 1853-54, was established in 1863 by Major Edward B. Willis near Del Rio Springs in Chino Valley, Arizona.

Word had begun to spread about promising gold fields in central Arizona in 1863. Major Edward B. Willis and a group of volunteers established a camp near the mines.  After the Civil War ended in 1865, most of the post had been rebuilt. Ranching had begun to take hold, and the Fort Whipple soldiers provided a market for merchants and saloon owners. By 1875, Fort Whipple became a focal point for Prescott socialites, who attended weekly dances there.

Source: The Arizona Daily Republic: "Fort Whipple:  Prescott's Frontier Past." Published May 17, 2014.



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