Above is a prison record sheet for The Canyon Diablo Train Robber John H. (Jack) Smith. Compiled when Smith entered the Arizona Territorial Prison, located at Yuma, Arizona. There are some problems with this record sheet. It shows Tennessee as the state he was born in. Numerous people living in Arizona claimed that Jack Smith was born in Tuba City, Arizona and was the son of Lot Smith, leader of the Mormon Church. Several said that they lived nearby and played with him when they were children. More information is in the book that is close to being published by Jack Beale Smith. Also a great mystery is the nearest relative as being a J.H. Heeightmann of Chattanooga, Tennessee. If his family was living in Tuba City, Arizona why would he choose the name above as his nearest relative. In fact he stated to law enforcement after his capture this information saying that he was from Georgia. So at this point I am leaning that he was from Tuba City, Arizona.
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A newly discovered photo of the Canyon Diablo Train Station located at Canyon Diablo, Arizona.
Sorry for the fact that I did not mention that Kyle Burch took the photos of the Bridge sign and of the abutments at Red Bank Creek.
Six iron bridges were built in Indian Territory during the years 1859-60. Cut stone abutments were constructed on each side of the stream beds for the bridge frames to be placed on. The bridge types were the Square Whipple bowstring bridge. The design for this bridge was acquired by J. W. Murphey, civil engineer for the Pencoyd Iron Works in Pencoyd, Pa. The owners were two brothers A.&P. Roberts. Most of the bridges were destroyed during the Civil War by Confederate Troops, to slow down the movement of Union Troops. A diligent search for the remains of these abutments by myself and others. A few years ago we located the Beale Abutments for the Little River Bridge located south of Holdenville. The photos below shows what the abutments look like.
Here is another article written on the Canyon Diablo Train Robbery. This one was written by Maurice Kildare whos real name is Gladwell Richardson. During the 1920s and 1930s he gathered information from several individuals who had first hand knowledge concerning the train robbery. The article was published in the True West Magazine.
Here is another article written on the Canyon Diablo Train Robbery by A. J. Patane
Pictured above are two types of baskets that were produced during the basketmaker time period: 2500 B.C to 500 A.D. Baskets shown above were probably discovered at the site at Emigrant Springs south of Sanders, Az. This site appears to have been excavated by a pot hunter and not a professional Archaeologist. So it most likely is a great loss to the history of this region. Researching the work of many archaeologist who have studied the area around Northeast Arizona I have not uncovered any work done at this site.