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Brunckow's Cabin isn't really a ghost town, however a lot of history is contained within it's walls.  Located about 200 yards south of the Charleston highway and a half mile east of the San Pedro River.  An article in the Arizona Democrat on May 20, 1891 wrote: "Many will tell you that the unquiet spirits of the departed ones are wont to revisit the glimpses of the moon and wander about the  scene which witnesses their untimely taking off.  The graves lie thick around the place."

The builder of the house was Fredrick Brunckow, a German mining engineer, who was murdered in 1860 and his body found in a mine shaft in the area.  One version is that a gentleman named William Williams, one of the three Anglos among the several Mexicans at the camp, went to Fort Buchanan for supplies in September of 1860.  When he returned after dark he discovered the gruesome remains of two of the Anglos in the cabin and Brunckow was found dead later in the mine.  Some say they were killed by their employees.

The Tombstone Prospector on May 20, 1897, said that in the early days the Brunckow mine was the scene of much excitement, shootings, and dissension among the owners.  "One man was supposed to have been shot and thrown into a well but as there were abundant men in those days an investigation seemed needless."

Brunckow, well-educated, emigrated to the U.S. in 1850.  He joined the Sonora Exploring and Mining Co., and worked in explorations in the Tubac area.  He developed his San Pedro Silver Mine a short distance from the river.

The fireplace of this cabin is where Ed Schieffelin melted and assayed the ore from the mines that were later to bring Tombstone into existence.

Shows on Hinton's map, 1886, as Bronkow.   On Smith's map 1879, as Broncho.  "The old Brunckow house a mile east of the San Pedro river was built in 1858 by Frederick Brucknow, graduate University of Westphalia, scholar and scientist, who, exiled from Germany. Schieffelin made his famous remark about "finding his tombstone"

 

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