Jeff's Freelance Articles

The following magazine articles have been written by Jeff for several local and national markets. If you're interested in purchasing an article, or purchasing rights for publication, contact Jeff at BoxcarBlues@cox.net.



The Incredible Legend of The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine.

One of the most thorough accounts of the west's most intriguing legend. This is a 5,500 word article that explains in detail, how Jacob Waltz (The Dutchman) found the mine and how he became the only person to take gold out of the mine and live to tell about it. This article also covers the multitude of men who spent their entire lives searching, unsuccesfully for the mine and the dangers they encountered; many of which, such as flying lead, proved to be fatal. A little known fact is: there have been more people killed searching for the Dutchman's Mine, than in the Bermuda Triangle.

Reverend Endicott Peabody: Tombstone's Quiet Hero.

Tombstone is largely remembered for it's violence and the lawlessness of men on both sides of the law. There is, however, an untold story about The Town to Tough to Die. Reverend Endicott Peabody came west from Boston to serve a short stint as the local Episcopal preacher. His methods of getting the hard rock miners to church were unorthodox and his devotion was unshakable. The reverend so endeared himself to the citizens of Tombstone, that when he returned to visit 59 years later, most of the town turned out to greet him. That cannot be said for any of the pistoleros, not matter how great their notoriety.

Empire Ranch: Sanctuary in the Southwest.

The Empire Ranch was the largest spread in the Arizona territory. Walter Vail would eventually expand the ranch until it covered almost one million acres. My article follows the evolution of the ranch house from when it started as a small, four room house with no doors or windows, until it became a twenty-eight room ranch that housed and served the Vail family and all their hired hands. The operation of the ranch also evolved from a few head of cattle to 5,000. This article contains unedited letters that Vail wrote to his relatives, and it even answers the question, "What did Walter Vail really keep in his safe?"

Tubac: The First Town Too Tough to Die.

Everyone knows that Tombstone, Arizona is the, "Town to tough to die." Well, if you read my article on the history of Tubac, Arizona, you might question whether the right town was given the moniker. Can you imagine living with Apaches as your neighbors for one hundred and fifty years? Tubac almost died many times, but you can't keep a good town down. The frontier village that evolved into a charming artist's community has shown more guts than any town on the map.

Mission San Xavier del Bac: Restoration of a National Treasure

This article covers the painstaking and intricate metohods used to redtore the exterior and interior of the 300 year old mission. When modern methods failed at protecting roof of the mission, the renovation specialists had to resort to a centuries old method of using a mucilage made out of prickly pear cactus. Now, two residents of the Tohono O'odham nation have been trained in resoration and maintenance procedures, so there is someone on site to preform continual upkeep on one of our nation's irrepalceable treasures.

Just a Couple o' Cowboy Watering Holes

140 bullet holes, 26 deaths, 14 cribs, and a poker game that was played 24 hours a day, for 8 years, 5 months and 3 days. The New York Times called the Bird Cage, the wildest, roughest, wickedest honky-tonk between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast. That pretty well sums it up. Whereas, the Bird Cage passed itself off as a legitimate theater for a short time, the Crystal Palace Saloon made no such pretenses. Bock beer and a free lunch, but no "soiled doves." For twelve and a half cents, a cowboy could get a good cigar, or a shot of liquor. If your thirst demanded a cold beer, shell out a buck and get three bottles. Need some suds to go? Three bucks would get you a five gallon bucket and the Crystal Palace would deliver to your home.

John Clum: Before the Epitaph

Mayor of the toughest town in western history. Editor of the infamous Tombstone Epitaph. The one with enough guts to take on Curly Bill and his renegade cowboys, knowing full well his words might be answered by the trigger-happy desperadoes unlimbering their six-guns and pouring lead at him. John Philip Clum was not one to shy away from adversity—or danger. So where was John Clum prior to printing his first edition? What was his background? It turns out he’d been blazing trails since he was in his teens, and he's the only person who ever made Cochise surrender.

Father Eusebio Francisco Kino: Humanitarian Above All Else

Of all the hats Father Kino wore—Jesuit priest, astronomer, cartographer, mathematician, builder of over 20 missions—his most noteworthy quality was the ability to endear himself to indigenous people. Of the many courageous missionaries who sailed to New Spain, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino excelled in his humane and understanding relations with the natives. Read about his travels and troubles as he sought to spread the word of Christianity.

BEAVERS: American Indians called them the “Sacred Center.”

Beavers are popular enough to be the national symbol of Canada and two states, Oregon and New York. It is said that beavers have had more to do with shaping Canadian history than any other factor. Their popularity may stem from the incredible intelligence of this aquatic rodent. Known as "nature's general contractor", beavers are amazing animals.

DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP: They Can Only Be Described as Majestic

There was time when bighorn sheep numbered from 1.5 to 2 million in the western U.S. Trappers and explorers reported seeing bighorn sheep on almost every mountain range. Today, after a century of decline, the number of desert bighorn sheep is increasing, but it hasn’t been easy for the wily and vigilant sheep. Even with incredible eyesight, they’re powerless against killers they can’t see. Find out how they've survived in spite of man.

THE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE: Our National Bird and A Symbol of Nobility

A young nesting eaglet has a pretty easy life, being fed regularly and enjoying the parents warmth and nurturing; until those parents decide that it’s time for the chick to leave the nest. Then the routine changes. The message is—It’s time to leave the nest, junior, so you’d better get yourself in shape to hit the air. Instinctively, the young eaglet becomes stronger, standing on the edge of the nest and flapping his wings, strengthening them in preparation for the big day. Learn more about our national bird's entire life in this article.

RETURN OF THE JAGUARS

Something about the southwest U.S. must appeal to the most magnificent of all the large cats, because there have been recent sightings of jaguars just north of the border in southern Arizona—and as far north as Santa Fe, New Mexico. Either they’re trying to move back into the southwest, or they never left. Regardless, the stage is set for a happy ending. Unfortunately, before this can come to fruition, we have to deal with the consequences of the multi-tentacled monster known as illegal immigration.

OTTERS: They’re playful and charming—and they need our help.

Otters are playful, light-hearted and mischievous. They appear to have an idyllic life, but there’s more to their demeanor than meets the eye. Otters have four objectives in life—raising their young, grooming, sleeping and eating. When they’re not busy with their chores, they play. In the case of sea otters, they may spend hours, floating on their backs, napping while wrapped up in kelp leaves to hold them in place. Find out how you can help otters survive.

THE SKY ISLANDS: Exclusive and Unrenewable

If you’re not familiar with the Sky Islands, think of them as mountains—but not just any mountains. These majestic masterpieces are incredibly diverse and unique. Diverse because they support over 2,000 plant species, about 270 bird species (more than half the breeding bird species in N. America), more than 75 reptile species, and the list goes on. Unique because there is no other biological or geographical phenomenon like them on earth.

Saving Arizona’s riparian habitats: Is it possible?

Since before Arizona reached statehood, water has been scarce in the desert southwest. Back in the territorial days, however, there were very few people and supply exceeded demand. There was little use for water regulations or management. Still, in 1864, the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Arizona enacted the Howell Code. Basically, this code said whoever got to the water first, had the right to divert the water over those who came later. The code provided the necessary regulation in an uncomplicated time. Now, times have become complicated. What is being done to save our riparian habitats?

Chiropractic: The Pain Free, Drug Free Answer to Your Health Care Issues

Alzheimer’s disease, Acne, Anorexia Nervosa, Anosmia (loss of smell), Attention Deficit Disorders and Hyperactivity (ADD and ADHD), Asthma and Autism. All of these disorders have one thing in common—people suffering from them have seen improvement after chiropractic treatment. And, these are just the diseases starting with A. The list goes on: blindness, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, lupus, phobias, and Tourette’s syndrome, to name a few. Chiropractic treatment has been successful at enabling healing of a wide variety of diseases, many of which were thought to be incurable or mental in nature. This amazing treatment is pain free, requires no invasive surgery, and it involves no prescription medication. Chiropractic treatment is the most effective and natural form of healing available today.