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From: Journal of the Southwest
Volume 49, Number 2, Summer 2007
p. 1 | 10.1353/jsw.2007.0024

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Bill Broyles  

Bill Broyles is a perennial freshman at the desert schoolhouse, where he has been educated by the spine of a cactus, the call of a quail, and the words of patient sages. A research associate at the Southwest Center, he is author of Sunshot: Peril and Wonder in the Gran Desierto and co-editor of Dry Borders.


1. For details of the Carnegie expedition of Hornaday and MacDougal see Broyles (1987).

2. The question, “What is science?” has stirred many inquiries and answers during its long history. For two recent discussions see Philip Kitcher's “The Ends of Science” and Nancy Cartwright's “From Causation to Explanation and Back” in Leiter (2004).

3. A letter from Lumholtz to Henry Fairfield Osborn, March 9, 1909, offers details of his plans for ethnological collecting as well as prospecting (Lumholtz Collection, American Museum of Natural History, New York).

4. See also Carmony (1994), and J. Ross Browne's 1864 account of a visit to Tucson:

The jaded and dust-covered traveller . . . emerges to find himself on the verge of the most wonderful scatteration of human habitations his eye ever beheld—a city of mud-boxes, clingy and dilapidated, cracked and baked into a composite of dust and filth; littered about with broken corrals, sheds, bake-ovens, carcasses of dead animals, and broken pottery; barren of verdure, parched, naked, and grimly desolate in the glare of a southern sun. . . . As the centre of trade with the neighboring State of Sonora, and lying on the high-road from the Rio Grande to Fort Yuma, [Tucson] became during the few years preceding the “break-up” quite a place of resort for traders, speculators, gamblers, horse-thieves, murderers, and vagrant politicians. Men who were no longer permitted to live in California found the climate of Tucson congenial to their health. If the world were searched over I suppose there could not be found so degraded a set of villains as then formed the principal society of Tucson. Every man went armed to the teeth, and streetfights and bloody affrays were of daily occurrence. . . . [T]he best view of Tucson is the rear view on the road to Fort Yuma.

(Browne 1950:131, 133–34, 138)


Bowers, Janice Emily
1988 A Sense of Place: The Life and Work of Forrest Shreve. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Brown, Herbert
1905 Letter to Daniel T. MacDougal, August 24. MacDougal Collection, Arizona Historical Society, Tucson.
Browne, J. Ross
1950 A Tour through Arizona, 1864, or Adventures in the Apache Country. Tucson: Arizona Silhouettes. (Reprint from Harper's Magazine, 1864–1865; compiled in a book, 1869.)
Broyles, Bill
1987 Adventure in the Pinacate. Journal of Arizona History 28(2):155–88.
Carmony, Neil B., ed.
1994 Whiskey, Six-guns and Red-light Ladies: George Hand's Saloon Diary, Tucson, 1875–1878. Silver City, NM: High-Lonesome Books.
Hornaday, William T.
1908 Camp-Fires on Desert and Lava. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
Leiter, Brian
2004 The Future for Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press.
Lumholtz, Carl
1912 New Trails in Mexico. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
McGinnies, William G.
1981 Discovering the Desert. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
MacDougal, Daniel T.
1908a Problems of the Desert. Plant World 11:28–39.
———. 1908b. Books and Current Literature. Plant World 11:257–258.
———. 1908c. Across Papagueria. Plant World 11:92–99, 123–131.
New York Botanical Garden
2006 Archives & Manuscripts, Mertz Library, Daniel T. MacDougal Papers <http://library.nybg.org/finding_guide/archv/mac-dougal_ppf.html>. (Accessed 12/28/2006)
Wilder, Judith C.
1967 The Years of a Desert Laboratory. Journal of Arizona History 8(3):179–99.
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