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 David D “Davey” Gowan

David D “Davey” Gowan

Birth
Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death Jan 1926 (aged 85–86)
Gila County, Arizona, USA
Burial Rye, Gila County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 183715488 · View Source
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Davey Gowan was born in Bervie, Kincardineshire, Scotland, in 1840. (The town, now known as Inverbervie is now part of Aberdeenshire.)

The Payson Roundup had an article on him that is now offline. Best I can remember, he served some time at sea before jumping ship in San Francisco. He and a friend later moved to Arizona to ranch and prospect.

In 1877, while fleeing Apache, Davey became the first white man to lay eyes on the Tonto Natural Bridge, the largest travertine arch in the world.

Davey's nephew is David G. Goodfellow, to whom he eventually sold the Tonto Natural Bridge property.

Davey mostly made his living by prospecting, living for decades in a cabin along Deer Creek, in the Mazatzal Mountains, southwest of Payson, where he would regularly travel to pick up mail & supplies.

In January, 1926, Davey failed to show up in Payson as expected. Deputy Gila County Sheriff Jim Kline went looking for him, finding his body under a tree, about halfway between his cabin and what is now AZ-87.

Dead of natural causes at 86, Arizona pioneer legend Davey was buried where he was found.


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  • Created by: Preston McMurry
  • Added: 25 Sep 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 183715488
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David D “Davey” Gowan (1840–Jan 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 183715488, citing Davey Gowan Burial Site, Rye, Gila County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Preston McMurry (contributor 49177755) .