Modoc Stage


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MODOC stage: Montezuma Hotel, Fairbanks, Az. 1899.

Fairbank is a ghost town in Cochise County, Arizona, next to the San Pedro River. First settled in 1881, Fairbank was the closest rail stop to nearby Tombstone, which made it an important location in the development of southeastern Arizona. The town was named for Chicago investor Nathaniel Kellogg Fairbank who partially financed the railroad, and was the founder of the Grand Central Mining Company, which had an interest in the silver mines in Tombstone. Today Fairbank is located within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (San Pedro RNCA). Source: Wikipedia

Montezuma  Hotel  (site).
    Built  in  1889  to  serve  railroad passengers,  the  hotel  offered  rooms,  a  restaurant  and  a  saloon. In  August,  1894  the  hotel  was  badly  damaged  during  a  San  Pedro  River  monsoon  flood.  Four  feet  of  water,  mud  and  sand inundated the hotel.  Following this, the hotel was rebuilt higher up on a stone platform.  A broad covered porch and row of trees surrounded the building.  By 1909, Arthur Heney, owner of the Mercantile, purchased the hotel and renamed it the “Fairbank Hotel.” Photographs taken in the late 1930s show a derelict building that was torn down during a highway construction project in the early 1940s. 

Today, the stone foundation of the building is visible near the Mercantile, under the highway fence. Source:"Fairbank Historic Site." Friends of the San Pedro River. July 27, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2019.

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