Galeyville was named after John H. Galey,
originally a Pennsylvania oil man and then the president of the Texas Consolidated Mining and Smelting Co.
The post office was established on January 6, 1881 with a population of about
400. The town had a smelter that was later moved to Benson. The
mining boom was short and when it died Galeyville became a reputed haven for
outlaws such as Curly Bill Brocious and John Ringo who moved there after law and
order was established in Tombstone. They used the surrounding canyons to
hold cattle while altering the brands. In 1888 the San Simon Cattle Company
forced out squatters, and the remains of the buildings were carried away to
construct homes in nearby Paradise. This was the common practice in the
west, moving building from one location to another.
All that remains of Galeyville is a sign
that says "Established 1881, Population 400"
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