Plains of Blood
Site of the Chino copper mine.
Was a booming mining town until 1837 when an American trader named John Johnson lured the Apaches to a gathering and then massacred them to sell their scalps for the bounty offer by the Mexican government. This caused open warfare and almost all of the nearly 500 inhabitants of Santa Rita were killed in an attack on the town; only six managed to reach safety in Chihuahua. The town was abandoned until 1849, when the U.S.Army established a command post on the site in the old fort.
Currently a small outpost of about 100 soldiers it is also used as a way-point and rest stop for soldiers and military caravans. Some enterprising soldiers have tried their hands at mining during their off time and small shipments of copper and even gold are starting to trickle from the mines once again.