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When Father Kino pass through here in 1692 and when Spanish explorers pass through here as early as 1539, a tribe of Sobaipuri Native Americans were the first settlers here in the San Pedro Valley for many centuries. Sadly even though the Spanish brought cattle and seeds to grow crops such as corn, wheat, barley and grapes. The Sobaipuri people died from the white epidemics and warfare. Soon they abondoned their homes to move Santa Cruz Valley to be closer to San Xavier Mission. Soon the Spanish followed to create presido's since they were at threat of Apache attacks. By 1828, most of the villages were abandon.
Benson may appears to be just one of those pass through towns on the way to Tombstone. Benson is rich in history and character too. It was established when the Southern Pacific Railroad laid its tracks along here and a stage line/shipping dock was established since Tombstone was becoming a booming town. A postoffice was established in July of 1880 and named after Judge William S. Benson, a friend of Charles Crockers, then President of SPR.
Before that, there was a fortified stage (Butterfield Trail) depot established in 1850's one north of here. In 1871-78, William Ohnesorgen established a new depot and supply route. Thus the beginning of Benson.
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