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 John Brackett “Pie” Allen

John Brackett “Pie” Allen

Birth
Maine, USA
Death 13 Jun 1899 (aged 80–81)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Burial Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 64073066 · View Source
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John B. "Pie" Allen was an important figure in the history of southern Arizona. Somewhat a wanderer, Allen was born in Maine in 1818, some say October 22, others say November 10. He was educated in Boston schools. The scent of gold lured him to California, and placer fields drew him to Arizona in 1857. A year later he was baking and selling pies made from dried apples, an enterprise that gained him the nickname of "Pie Allen." He laid the foundation for modern-day Tucson, building a number of buildings in the Old Pueblo. He twice served as Tucson's mayor and acted as the town's postmaster for a while; was elected to the Arizona legislature in 1867, and would be elected two more times, and was territorial treasurer from 1867 to 1872. He also introduced the first honey bees to Arizona in 1877. The first hint of the silver strike in the Tombstone hills drew his interest to that portion of southern Arizona. He opened a store in the fall of 1878 at Gird's Camp, or Old Tombstone, between the Contention and Grand Central claims; and in early 1879 he had a mercantile outlet in a canvas tent at Millville, Gird's millsite on the east bank of the San Pedro River, located about 12 miles from present day Tombstone. He served as Millville's first and only postmaster. Allen Abandoned his store at Gird's Camp and moved to the new camp in the summer of 1879, establishing a new 24 X 35 foot store, with an adjacent blacksmith and stable on the south west corner of Fourth and Allen streets; the latter thoroughfare named for him. Allen was not through with that portion of south eastern Arizona that would become Cochise County. From January until December 1880 he pioneered the building up of Dragoon City, and established a mercantile outlet at Bisbee in late 1880 which served as the camp's post office and stage depot for a short period of time. In the mid-1880's when Quijotoa boomed in Pima County, Allen turned his attention there, establishing a hotel. That mining camp was short lived and Allen's hostelry failed. That was the story of his later ventures, and he was living in poverty in Tucson, where he died on June 13, 1899, following surgery on facial cancer. (1)


(1) Cochise County Stalwarts by: Lynn R. Bailey and Don Chaput.


Inscription

J.B. Allen
Born 1818
Died 1899
Ter-Treas-6Yrs
Mayor of Tucson - Two Terms
A Man Without An Enemy


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  • Created by: C. Fahey
  • Added: 11 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64073066
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Brackett “Pie” Allen (1818–13 Jun 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64073066, citing Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by C. Fahey (contributor 46827298) .