Gas Pump-general Store Gleeson Arizona 1971
David Lee Guss
Photograph - Photography
All that remains today of this general store is the portion behind the tin roof overhang. The tree on the left has also been removed.
The Chevron sign and gas pump are also gone.
"The town was first settled as Turquoise in the 1870s in what was then the Arizona Territory, then later re-established as Gleeson in 1900.
The Turquoise post office was established on October 22, 1890, and lasted only a few years until September 17, 1894. When local miner John Gleeson registered a copper claim and opened the Copper Belle Mine, the town of Gleeson was created just downhill from the old site of Turquoise. Silver Bill, Pejon and Defiance were some of the other mines that followed in the surrounding areas.
The Gleeson post office, established on October 15, 1900, supported a town of about 500 people engaged primarily in copper mining, including veins of lead, silver and zinc.
In 1912 a fire consumed 28 buildings and the town was rebuilt.
Copper production boomed to supply demand World War I. The mines played out by the 1930s and eventually the Gleeson post office closed on March 31, 1939."
Several families still live there today. Gleeson is situated 16 miles east of Tombstone.
March 28th, 2014
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