Monday, April 15, 2013

Revisiting the story of Col. John Van Houten

Amy Newman at Brunkow cabin were Van Houten was murdered by Frank Stillwell.
A couple of years ago we wrote an article on Barkerville miner Col. John Van Houten, a failed Victoria merchant who found himself trying to make good in the silver fields of Arizona, around Tombstone.  He was murdered here by Frank Stillwell at a place referred to as the "Brunkow Cabin and Mine." Wyatt Earp, perhaps unknowingly, avenged Van Houten when he killed Frank Stillwell at Tucson a few years later.
This spring Amy and I found the site and revisited Van Houten's grave. I have written about this on my blog. Google's blogger will not allow reposting of blogs in an effort to avoid plagarism, so I cannot repost the article here. The story of this visit is at my blog:
If you are interested in another story about Barkerville miners backstory you will enjoy this ongoing research tale.

The grave of Col. John Van Houten in Boothill Cemetery, Tombstone Arizona.

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