The historic town of Safford

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Matt and I decided to make a detour on our trip to New Mexico and ended up in the  town of Safford . . . It is located in the county of Graham and was named after Arizona's territorial governor Anson Safford.  The town was founded by the pioneers who came in from Gila Bens in Southwestern Arizona in the winter of 1873 and 2874 respectively. These pioneers were forced out of Gila bend after their work on Canals and Dams were destroyed by the high waters from the preceeding year. When they  arrived in early 1874, the villagers laid out the town site, including a few crude buildings.

As we drove in, we had the beautiful views of the Pinaleno mountains with the greatest vertical relief of any mountain range in the state of Arizona. I told Matt that the relief looked like a continental drift point and sights of the great rift valleys in East Africa . . .

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain. 

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