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Isaac Bradshaw's Grave

In 1862 the brothers William and Isaac Bradshaw along with William Warringer, sought and received a 20 year exclusive contract from Arizona’s first territorial legislature for a ferry service across the Colorado River between Providence Point, California and Olive City in Arizona. William Bradshaw’s brother Isaac, ran the ferry most of the time, while William went to the Weaver Mining District in Arizona and spent his time prospecting and exploring. William died in 1864, later that year the Silver Mountains were renamed the Bradshaw Mountains.

In 1867 Isaac Bradshaw got gold fever so he sold his interest in the ferry in Providence Point, left his wife and children and traveled to Arizona. He first tried his hand at prospecting, but did not meet with success. He then sought opportunities in the Copper Basin District located in the Sierra Prieta Mountains in Yavapai County. There he became a partner in a copper mining operation. Still having the lust for gold, he sold his interest in the Copper Basin property and went to the southern Bradshaw’s where he found his nirvana. His mine was not especially profitable, but it produced enough to keep him in beans and bacon. He died Christmas Day, 1886, at his claim on Whipsaw Gulch near Castle Creek where he is buried.

Isaac’s Grave

Isaac’s Grave

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23 comments to Isaac Bradshaw's Grave

  • Your discription of where Isaac Bradshaw is buried is not accurate. Whipsaw Mine, Whipsaw Spring and Whipsaw Creek is (as the crow flies) 2.78 miles from the actual burial site at Bradshaw Spring.

    I spent over a year trying to find this burial based on your and other discriptions as you have listed it and there is no burial at Whipsaw Creek and Castle Hot Spring Road. At least not Isaac Bradshaw.

    Today I finally visited the burial site at Bradshaw Spring. There is a male interred at this site and there could be one or two more males based on the size of the enclosure.

    My hat is off to the person that cares for this site. Do you happen to know who this person is and how I can contact them?

  • Tommy Knocker

    Thank you for your comments; I’m delighted to hear from anyone who reads my articles.
    You are right in saying that Isaac is not buried at Whipsaw Creek and Castle Hot Spring Road. He is buried along Castle Creek. If you approached the site from the south trail, you crossed the bed of the Castle Creek just before you arrived at his gravesite. I too questioned Whipsaw Gulch being near his mine and burial site. I thought that area was about two miles south of the burial site. I went to Dana Burden; he told me that Isaac’s mine was near Whipsaw Gulch. I have never seen a topo map that listed Whipsaw Gulch there but since Mr. Burden was an expert, I took him at his word.

    As to the care of the burial site, I think it is a collaborative effort. No one has ever been around when I was there. The signage was there when I first visited the site. I painted the fence about three years ago.

  • P Gullickson

    Tommy,
    We have been searching for Issac’s grave for 3 weeks. Can you please email me or call me 684-5164 so I can be better directions. Thanks

  • I was researching some information on Issac Bradshaw when I came across this info. My dad owns the land with Issac’s grave. If anyone has questions please email me and I will give you as much information as he knows. The land is for sale which is 179 acres. If you have interest in the land please email me:
    Veronica@HomesInScottsdale.com

  • I give all of you a standing ovation, that are responsible for maintaining this grave. History such as this must be maintained as this is physical evidence of our Pioneer Heritage.

    Based on my dowsing efforts of the area it’s possible there are other burials there. Do you have any information to this effect?

    After visiting this grave I made a second sojourn to Copperopolis and was astounded to find the grave of Annie May White, who was the sister of Newt White and is buried in Humbug.

    This past year, I’ve researched and written on almost every Pioneer Cemetery from Gillette to Vulture City.

    Of the 200 + burials at Vulture City (in the Cemetery) at this time we can only verify one name and that burial was in 1881. Would anyone have documentation on other burials there?

    Weaver Cemetery we have no names.

    Octave we have found three names.

    We have found Charlie Stantons burial in Stanton.

    If anyone would like copies of my findings at these Ghost Towns and Cemeteries let me know and I’ll forward it to you.

  • Bob Gray

    As to the question of who takes care of who takes care of Isaac’s grave I have the answer.My name is Bob Gray and once a year my family and I go out to the grave armed with paint brushes and white primer. About three years ago I made a new grave marker using a piece of hardwood and a dremmel tool.On our last trip my wife and I decided that the old fencing needs to be replaced. We are guessing the dimensions are 6′x 12′ but if someone could take a tape meausure with them on there next trip to the grave and e-mail the exact dimensions to me I would be very greatful.Next year you will find a new fence and possibly a new grave marker.The reason we maintain the grave is that the first time we saw the grave it was in bad shape and the plywood sign was barely readable. I hated to see a part of Arizona history being lost.Hopefuly my children will keep this tradition going when I am no longer able to.For now my family and I will continue to make our annual trip to the site and of course we will bring our dog named “Isaac”.Please email me if anyone can give me the dimensions of the fence.Thank you Bob Gray Citro301@msn.com

  • This is a very interesting site to someone like me with the Bradshaw name. My folks come from the Mountain Home, AR area and prior to that it seems from Kentucky. We can’t connect to Isaac, but have found some went to Oregon and some went to Canada and other areas looking for work, mostly logging. I spend the winter in Yuma, AZ and summers in Illinois and plan to visit Isaac’s grave this spring if I can get good directions. Thanks to those who are keeping history alive. Ches Bradshaw

  • Neal Du Shane

    Ches,

    FYI – The Bradshaw Mountains and Bradshaw City (now a Ghost Town) a short distance west of Crown King, AZ. were also named for the Bradshaw Brothers.

    Isaac’s grave is in a very remote location and does require four wheel drive – high clearance vehicle to reach it. If you would like detailed directions you can contact me at n.j.dushane@comcast.net

    Neal

  • Neal, you can post complete directions here if you like, but I agree with you: the road is rough and it’s a VERY long drive from pavement. I’ve only seen it from the air and it’s quite remote. I’m more curious about Bradshaw City. It’s near Crown King? Is it on topo maps? Do you have GPS coordinates? I’d like to find it; I’ll be flying out to the Crown King area later this week.

  • [...] There have been several comments on my article about Bradshaw’s Grave and there seems to be an interest in visiting the site. I would be happy to lead a group out to the grave and share the history of the area that we pass through. We will visit several abandoned mines. We will pass by the ghost town of Swallow; we will also go by the sight of the former Whipsaw Nudist Colony (which was established by Hippies in the 1960’s). We will be close to the site of the Wickenburg version of the Hatfield and McCoy feud. We will stop at an Indian camp, which contains artifacts of their presence. I think many if you would find this trip interesting. [...]

  • Ron Cibella

    Would love to have specific directions to the grave site. We were planning on being
    in that area Jan 7. Any plans for that
    4WD Historic Trip–sounds interesting. Maybe you could meet us out there–we’d love
    to know more about the history of the area
    and the locations of mines, etc.

  • Betty Yurkanin

    We would like some info sbout the Vulture City Cementery that is located off the Vulture Ranch Road. Near Vulture Gold Mine. Are there names of who is buried there? Who takes care of it?
    It needs a new sign.

  • Betty,

    For the past two years the Arizona Pioneer Cemetery Research Project (APCRP) has been trying to find the exact same information. We have researched State and local government historical agencies as well as funeral homes in Wickenburg.

    We have interviewed several local residents and we believe locals care for the cemetery but nothing organized or official. A Boy Scout Troup plased approximately 100 white crosses at known graves, some years ago. But there is still approximately 100 more that were not identified.

    There are some 256 graves at the Cemetery or on the mine property. So far, we have only found two names, and that was from a relative.

    In 2007, APCRP placed a new headstone at this grave in the cemetery, that of a 8 year old girl. The other person was creamated and his ashes scattered over the mine property.

    With the demise of the mine it would seem the cemetery is suffering the same fate.

    If an individual, group or organization would like to “Adopt” this cemetery as a project to maintain and care for, this would be an excellent project. Please contact me and we can work out the details as many of the known graves are not market within the fence of the cemetery

    Neal Du Shane, President APCRP

  • John Purtell

    1/16/2011 Today my wife and I took a jeep trip to find Isaac’s grave. We used a Arizona 4×4 trail book (would like to meet the fellow that wrote it) anyway it was a trip I will never forget. We got lost 3 times and was able to take the book and put the puzzle of clues together !!! Several times my wife(the NAVAGATOR)I thought had us lost for sure, but we found the grave!!!! and that made the whole trip. I would of liked to continue on to the mines, but it was 3pm and need to get back to Wikenburg by dark. I’ve been jeeping about 3 months and the book said this was a moderate trail most of it was easy except 2 miles of it. You need a 4×4 with a lift I would recommend. There’s one part of the trail going down past Constllation city that is getting really bad BE CAREFUL!! overall nice trip since we found the grave.

    Ps. when your close to the grave on the trail ther are 3 pink plastic flags tied to some tree’s go left there and it’s 100 yards away.

  • On January 23, 2011, several members of the Honeywell 4×4 club cleaned brush away from the grave site. There were several “bushes” over the grave and intermingled with the fence. The fence is in pretty good shape, but does need a coat of paint. Does this have to be cleared with any land owners? Or should we just go out there and do it?

  • Ken Bradshaw

    I lived in AZ in the 80′s and spent a great deal of time camping and exploring the Bradshaw Mountain area. Also worked on the electrical renovation of Prescot Hospital. Originally from NC, I am curious if there is any definitive info. on Seth or Isaac Bradshaw’s birthplace. State or city would be most helpful.

    Anyone planning to visit the Bumble Bee and Crown King area should makae every effort to be there in early spring. The colors are magnificent.

  • Elliott Bartlett

    Saturday, May 21, 2011, in spite of the doomsday warnings, eleven of us in six vehicles painted the fence around Isaac Bradshaw’s grave. One gallon of acrylic base paint did the job, although we took two gallons with us. We used six cheap foam “brushes”, two of which broke. We undid one of the corners of the fence to allow us to get inside, and we did remove more brush inside. After we were done, we put the corner back in place. Weather was just beginning to get hot when we finished. Painting time was about an hour after lunch. It took us three and a quarter hours to get from the end of the pavement at Lake Pleasant to the grave site, including a few stops. We took about four hours to get to the pavement approaching Morristown by way of the Abe Lincoln Mine and Buchhorn Creek and road. Thanks to whoever puts the turquoise rocks near the turnoff to the Copperopolis mine, several of us collected some pretty samples. We did not do anything to the two signs on the fence posts indicating Isaac Bradshaw’s grave and his years of life. Whoever goes out there next time should either take another set of signs or some paint to beautify them too. All in all, it was a good trip, nothing broke and we did manage to get a little lost on the way out.
    I’ve got a couple of pictures…

  • Edward Miller

    We were at Issac Bradshaw’s grave site 11-30-2011 and it looked pretty good. Seems like the roads from Wickenberg and back down to Castle Hot Springs is getting more ruff. Great History….

  • Mark

    Any recommendations on going through Wickenberg-Swallow vs. Castle Hot Springs-Copperopolis route? tks, mef

    • Eddie Miller

      Mark, we have gone in one way and out the other. I think it is a little closer via Castle Hot Springs. There is about three gates you will have to open and close for the complete trip. We have done it both ways and enjoy both. Have a good trip.

  • Dave Hendricks

    Would someone provide me with the GPS coordinates to the grave site. (davehendricks5@msn.com) I am really looking forward to visiting the site.
    Thank you…

  • Edward Miller

    Dave, I have two. 1st N32 02 045.3 W112 32 37.5
    2nd N34 04.858 W 112 29.644
    Don’t remember which one it was so have two good runs….hope you enjoy it….Ed

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