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Dragoon Springs
ghost town
Remains of the Dragoon Springs Stagecoach Station
Remains of the Dragoon Springs Stagecoach Station
Country United States
State Arizona
County Cochise County
Elevation 4,925 ft (1,501 m)

Dragoon Springs is an historic settlement in what is now Cochise County, Arizona, at an elevation of 4,925 feet (1,501 m). The settlement takes its name from a nearby natural spring, Dragoon Spring, to the south in the Dragoon Mountains at 5,148 feet (1,569 m) (31°59′5″N 110°0′56″W / 31.98472°N 110.01556°W / 31.98472; -110.01556).

Dragoon Spring was a watering place on the Southern Emigrant Trail in territory which eventually joined the United States in the Gadsden Purchase, becoming part of the New Mexico Territory. Following the purchase, Dragoon Springs was first permanently occupied and used as a stagecoach station by the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line in 1857. From 1858 to 1861 it was used by the Butterfield Overland Mail.

During the American Civil War, it was the site of the First Battle of Dragoon Springs and near to the site of the Second Battle of Dragoon Springs, fought between Apache warriors and Confederate soldiers.

Adobe ruins and a cemetery still remain to mark the site.


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