After doing a bit of outside work around the house this morning, we decided to go for a short jaunt.
We've read about Gold Creek in Tonto Basin and heard it was a good place to hike, especially for amateur rockhounds. Gold Creek was the location of several placer gold mining operations as well as being the site of a bloody massacre. In 1862, five soldiers on a scouting mission from Fort McDowell came upon two Apache Indians hunting in Gold Creek. The soldiers shot the Apaches on sight and then proceeded to mutilate their bodies, taking their grisly "souvenirs" back to Fort McDowell. The soldiers were reprimanded for their behavior and served six months in the brig. Their punishment was an unpopular decision at a time when Apaches were routinely slaughtering settlers in the area.