From Agent to Miner

Thomas Jeffords

Tom Jeffords lived a varied life in southeast Arizona.

Thomas Jeffords is best known as a federal agent to the Apaches in the 1860s and ‘70s. He had a strong relationship with Cochise. But after he lost that position in 1875, Jeffords turned to a different occupation—mine owner. He moved to Tombstone and staked a claim in the Brunckow Mine. He also staked claims in the nearby Huachuca, Dos Cabezas and Chiricahua Mountains. None really panned out. Jeffords died near Tucson in 1914 at the age of 82.

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