Larcena Pennington

larcena-pennington-blogOn March 16th, 1860, Larcena Pennington Page was kidnapped by an Apache band near a lumber camp in the Santa Rita Mountains, south of Tucson. When she was unable to keep up they stripped her of her clothing, lashed her sixteen times, tossed her over a cliff and left her for dead. She managed to make it back to the camp after sixteen days of eating wild berries drinking melted snow, crawling and walking 15 miles back to the camp. As she drew near, her knotted hair and bloody wounds, nearly naked, sunburned and emaciated her friends didn’t recognize her until she called out her name. Larcena survived her ordeal but later on her husband, two brothers and father were killed by Apache warriors. Despite family pressure she refused to leave Arizona. She lived to a ripe old age, dying in Tucson in 1913 at the age of seventy six.

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