By Julie Wiessner
The newly formed Horsehead Crossing Historic District Steering Committee, a branch of the Holbrook Cemetery Project, wants to raise awareness of the rich history of Holbrook’s beginnings. The Bucket of Blood Saloon is just one building that is currently the focus of the committee’s restoration activity.
Organizers want people to know just how important this area is in relation to the history of the Southwest in general, and that some of the historical buildings involved are still standing, but in need of repair, while others have already collapsed, or have been removed due to unsafe roofs and/or structures.
With the interest generated from the Cemetery Project and the work thus far completed with that project, the committee felt it was important to save the buildings that were involved in some of Holbrook’s history before they must be removed due to deterioration.
The group is looking forward to working with any other group or individual to refurbish the buildings in the proposed historic district, and, if possible, any other building with historical significance in the area.
Members of the group have placed posters about the Wild West, created by Liz Nichols, on the Henning Block buildings, which are located on Bucket of Blood Street, east of Navajo Blvd., just after crossing the railroad tracks, but before crossing the Little Colorado River Bridge.
This is the street on which the famed Bucket of Blood Saloon is located, where two outlaws escaped after a dispute over a card game ended up with the shooting deaths of two other individuals. Located on the south side of the street, it is connected with a couple of other buildings that were built in the same era and which are also in need of repair.
You can view the committee’s Facebook page, Horsehead Crossing District, and are invited to “Like” it to show your support for preserving these historic buildings. If you would like to make a donation to help support the committee’s efforts, please send a check made out to HCHD to David Newlin, P.O. Box 672, Holbrook, Ariz. 86025. You can also call Newlin at (928) 524-2912 or Dave Heward at (480) 310-6355 to make a donation.
By Julie Wiessner