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This picture taken at Peck’s Lake shows Lt. William Smith and Mary Louise Darst posing with what is believed to have been Dr. Edgar Mearns’ horse Daisy. Note the two appear to have swapped hats.

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Love in the Line of Duty

As a military post on the edge of nowhere, life at Fort Verde was an exercise in hardship. Deprived of most creature comforts, it was also dangerous, tiresome and tedious. But perhaps worst of all, it was lonely.


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