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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1892

Indian school sites,   pp. 879-897 PDF (9.9 MB)

Page 879

INDIAN   SCHOOL    SITES.                     879 
The military post of Camp Mojave was established in 1858, and is situated
a mesa on the left bank of the Colorado River, near the head of Mojave Valley,
about 60 feet above the water, in latitude 350 0' 24" longitude 1140
34' 40", 
approximately, west of Greenwich. (See War Department descriptive list of
military posts, 1872, p. 76.) 
By proclamation of the President, March 30, 1870, there were attached to
post two reservations, one known as the military reservation and described
Commencing at the center of parade at Fort Mojave; thence N. 830 31' 37"
E. 69.99 chains to 
station I; thence S. 330 8' 26" W. 240 chains to stationII; thence N.
560 51' 32" W. 232.60 chains to 
station III; thence N. 330 8' 29" E. 240 chains to station IV; thence
S. 560 51' 32" E. 232.60 chains 
to station I, containing 5,582 acres: 
the other known as the "hay and wood" reservation, and described
as follows: 
Commencing at the center of parade at Fort Mojave, thence S. 100 43' 41"
E. 347.52 chains to 
station I: thence S. 10 4' 28" W. 272.50 chains to station II; thence
S. 760 17' 28" W. 228.50 chainsto 
station III; thence N. 230 1' 32" W. 362.70 chains to station IV; thence
S. 880 45' 32" E. 369 chains to 
station I, containing 9,114.81 acres, 
making the total area 14,696.81 acres. About one-half of each of these tracts
land is tillable ; all is suitable for grazing, and about half of the "hay
and wood" 
reservation is valuable for timber. The bottom land, about three-fourths
of the 
entire area, is exceedingly fertile and covered with mesquite and cottonwood.
The Colorado River passes through the military reserve, and forms the west
boundary of the hay reserve, about 1 mile distant. 
This post and its buildings and reservations wete transferred by the War
Department to the Interior Department for Indian school purposes, May 2,
and August 22, 1890, were formally turned over to S. M. McCowan, superintend-
ent of the Indian school established there. 
The Indian appropriation act of March 2, 1889, appropriated $10,000, as follows:
To purchase for Indian industrial school purposes the buildings and other
improvements in 
what is known as Keam's Caion, within the reservation in the Territory of
Arizona, established 
for the use andoccupancy of the Moquis and other Indians by Executive order
dated December 
16, 1882, * * * provided, that, upon payment therefor, the owner of said
buildings and other 
improvements shall execute and deliver to the Secretary of the Interior a
full relinquishment 
of all his right, title, and interest in and to any and all buildings and
other improvements of 
whatsoever character owned by him within the limits of said reservation.
(25 Stats., 1001.) 
July 13, 1889, Mr. Thomas V. Keam quitclaimed unto the Secretary of the In
terior, for the use of the Government of the United States and its assigns,
that particular tract of land known and described as Keam's Cafilon, within
Moqui Reservation, in Arizona, with all and singular the hereditaments and
purtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining, and all the estate,
right, interest, claim, or demand therein," the consideration being
$10,000. This 
deed is recorded in Miscellaneous Indian Deed Record of the Indian Bureau,
vol.7, p. 87. 
An attempt was made in the fall of 1890 to establish an Indian industrial
school for Arizona at Fort McDowell, but the place was found to be so unsuitable
for such purposes that the undertaking was abandoned and effort made to es-
tablish the school in the vicinity of Phoenix, Ariz. A vacant hotel building
there was rented for the temporary use of the school and the citizens of
bound themselves to donate a school site of not less than 80 acres within
3 miles 
of the town. 
By the Indian appropriation act approved March 3, 1891 (26 Stats., p. 1013),
Congress made an appropriation for the purchase of land or improvements and
the construction of buildings for this school, the cost of land or improvements
to exceed $6,000. Under instructions from the Indian office, Superintendent
Wellington Rich examined many sites offered, and on the 11th of April, 1891,
he forwarded a deed from Frank C. Hatch, with water rights No. 52 and 53,
Grand Canal; also abstract of title, etc., for the SE. I of sec. 20, T. 2
N., R. 3 
E., Gila and Salt River meridian, Arizona, offered for $9,000. The deed was
proved by the Attorney-General May 9, 1891, and the tract was purchased,
being paid by the Government and the other $3,000 being contributed by the
citizens of Phoenix, Ariz. The deed was redorded in Maricopa County on the
16th of August, 1891. This tract of 160 acres is about 3 miles north of the
of Phoenix, is supplied with water from the Grand Canal, and is considered
to be 
worth $12,000. 

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