How Wyatt Earp avenged a Barkerville Miner;
|Amy Newman at the Brunkow cabin, the site of Van Houten's death.|
Van Houten, covered more completely in previous blogs, was a Cariboo, B.C. miner and Victoria merchant, with a family in Nanaimo. In the 1870s he and many others headed south to the new silver mines of southern Arizona.
The reason for the murder is lost in history but at the time it was suspected to be over some claims that Houten had staked and that Stillwell and Cassidy laid claim too.
|A mine shaft near the Brunkow cabin.|
This time we wanted to see the cabin site and revisit his grave. I had located the cabin with the help of earlier visitors and Google Earth but when we got there we found that the image on Google was a later mine ruin. Then Amy spotted the cabin, just a low pile of adobe, across a mile of desert.
There isn't really much left. The site has been picked over by treasure hunters, shot up by wanton gunners, and torn down by souvenir hunters taking home chunks of adobe - none of whom knew who Van Housten was, most of whom were here to experience paranormal visitations.
|Mine tailings near the Brunkow cabin site. It is unclear which shaft is the original Brunkow shaft or mine.|
|The well tended grave of Col. John Van Houten, a Cariboo miner, in Boothill Cemetery, Tombstone Arizona.|
All photos by Richard Wright.
|Tombstone at night. D800, 16-35mm Nikkor. All photos by Richard Wright|