The region described in the following pages comprises the valley of the Rio Verde, in Arizona, from Verde, in
eastern central Yavapai county, to the confluence with Salt river, in Maricopa county.
The written history of the region treated extends back only a few years. Since the aboriginal inhabitants
abandoned it, or were driven from it, the hostile Apache and Walapai roamed over it without hindrance or
opposition, and so late as twenty-five years ago, when the modern settlement of the region commenced,
ordinary pursuits were almost impossible.