Jessie "Bear" Howard

Jessie "Bear" Howard (HM2GL5)

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N 34° 52.062', W 111° 45.726'

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In California, conflicts between sheepherders and cattlemen were common. In a dispute, Jessie Jefferson Howard accidently killed a sheepherder. After turning himself in he was sent to San Quentin. Jessie was able to escape and came to Oak Creek Canyon with his family in 1879. In Arizona, he changed his name to Charley Smith Howard.

Having become a good hunter in California, Jessie got his nickname "Bear" when he began killing bears for the Babbitt's meat market and the Santa Fe Railroad. Plus, it is said his hands were as big as bear's paws.

The story is told that in his later years, "Bear" told of his incarceration in San Quentin to a man, who unbeknownst to him, was a bounty hunter. Jessie was rearrested and shipped back to California. By this time, he was elderly and the guards felt sorry for him. He was 'allowed' to escape again. This time he returned to Oak Creek Canyon and he died at age 93.
HM NumberHM2GL5
Placed BySedona Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 430344 N 3858636
Decimal Degrees34.86770000, -111.76210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 52.062', W 111° 45.726'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 52' 3.7199999999999" N, 111° 45' 43.56" W
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