Picacho Peak, AZ., October 8, 2012

October 8th, 2012 | Posted by Steve in Arizona | Photography

My latest trip is from home to El Paso.  I decided to do this over a 2 days span in my Ford Expedition.  I left home Oct. 7.  I had to be in El Paso, TX the evening of Oct. 8 so I planned to stay overnight in Arizona.

I was able to stay with an old friend in Fountain Hills, AZ.  We had dinner together Sunday night and breakfast together early Monday morning.  When I got on the road it was about 9:00 am and I expected to be in El Paso by about 4:30 that afternoon.

Along the way something most rare and unusual happened.  While I was driving I realized I had to pull over to make historical note of both what happened, and where it occurred.  I pulled over at the Picacho Peak off ramp on Interstate 10.

Picacho Peak is in Pinal County, AZ.  The westernmost battle of the American Civil War took place here on April 15, 1862.  There were 3 Union soldiers killed and 3 captured.  There were 3 Confederate soldiers captured and 2 wounded, although the number of wounded is disputed.

I am told Picacho is pronounced “picassio” almost like the artist.  I can’t speak to that.  I can say it was a most scenic place for a significant occurrence.

Here is the off ramp sign.  I was very near it when I pulled over.

Here is a (not very good) view of the peak.  The air in that part of the country is pretty clear.  The cleft peak commands the area and is easily seen for miles around.  Even at distance it still makes a statement and can be seen from 40 or more miles away.

And here is the rare occurrence!

I bought this vehicle new in 2001, I have driven it ever since, and I watched it as it turned over to show 200,000.0 miles!

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