Douglas Travel Guide

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Douglas Things to Do

  • Visiting the Border Fence

    Well this is not exactly something one can do without clearance. I must say I was able to do it only because my husband was able to get clearance to drive the length of the fence to some historic border posts.The fence between Mexico and US has been in the news for many years now. It was never completed, but from what I gathered, they did not...

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: See the...

    Do not forget that in addition to the ranch, this is in the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge and hosts a variety of wildlife, especially birds.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Working...

    The Texas John Slaughter Ranch still has the components for a working ranch. Do not bother the bulls, though.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Fort Ruins

    On a hill overlooking the ranch and the route from Mexico the United State established a military outpost in 1911, during the beginning of civil unrest in Mexico. The outpost was manned until 1923. If you go up the steps to the top of the hill you can see the remains of the fort.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Picnic Area

    There is a picnic table by the pond, so if you thought ahead and brought lunch you can eat in these beautiful and peaceful surroundings.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: The Pond

    When Slaughter first came to this ranch he noticed several natural springs. He envisioned an endless supply of water and built the dam that formed the pond you see here. This pond, an oasis of water in the desert, is home to two endangered species of fish and numerous species of birds. It is also a great place to sit on one of the benches and enjoy...

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Porch

    The porch was a very popular part of the house. John, Viola, the kids, and the workers on the ranch, loved to sit on the porch and look out on the mountains. One day John was sitting there and noticed a huge cloud of dust in nearby Mexico. It was Pancho Villa and his army on a forced march. When they reached the outskirts of the ranch they started...

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Apache May

    The story of Apache May is very tragic. Texas John Slaughter led a raid on a band of Apche who had been attacking settlers and ranches in the area. When they enetered the camp, they found it hastily abandoned. In their haste to leave, the Apache had left behind a beautiful baby girl. John took her home and he and Viola named her May. As she grew,...

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Hallway

    The hallway was filled with photographs, extracts from articles about the ranch and other items. The two items I found most interesting was this old telephone, which they said was still operational, and the flag. This flag has 48 stars and was the first flag in the state of Arizona to reflect Arizona's statehood in 1912.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Guestroom

    The last room on the right was the Guest Bedroom. It is now used for a display room to show items from the Slaughter home and the time period. The room directly across the hall was Addie's room before she married Dr. William Greene. It to has displays in it.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Main...

    The next room on the right is the main bedroom where John and Viola Slaughter slept. The bedspread was owned by the Slaughters and the embroidery was done by John's daughter Addie.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Grandma...

    Go back the way you came through the Living Room and enter the hallway at the end. The first room on the right is Grandma Howell's Bedroom. It has furnishings and accessories like those in the room when Grandma Howell was there.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Bathroom

    Also just off the kitchen is the bathroom. This room is a later addition to the house. When the ranch was first built the Slaughters used an outhouse.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Kitchen

    This is the kitchen where the Chinese Cook and sometimes Mrs. Slaughter would make food for the family and the ranch hands. In the summer they would move the stove outside so they did not make the house too hot.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Pantry

    As you turn left from the Dining Room/Living Room you will see the pantry for the house. Here they kept any food not requiring refrigeration in jars like these.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: ...

    The Dining and Living Rooms were the centerpieces of the house. The main sources of light were from the fireplace and candles on the dining room table. When not used for eating, the dining table was used for another of Slaughters passions, poker. The Slaughters also loved music and the rooms were frequently rearranged so everyone could play music...

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Ranch House

    The next part of the tour takes you to the Ranch House itself. The house was built in stages. There are a lot of photographs of the ranch house and the Slaughters on display throughout the house. I will lead you through the house room by room.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Ice House

    The building to the left of the Wash House was the Ice House. 300 pound blocks of ice were wrapped in Burlap and Sawdust and brought from Douglas by wagon. The room was used to store any items that would require refrigeration or freezing today. The milk, water, and pickle jugs shown here are similar to the ones used by the Slaughters. The screened...

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Wash House

    The building on the right as you look at them was called the Wash House. It is actually misnamed because the clothes were not washed there but were dried and ironed there. The clothes were boiled in large metal tubs outside then brought to this room. The implement shown here are the type used during that time. The irons were either heated on the...

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Commissary

    The next stop on the tour is the Commissary/Cook's Quarters. Before Douglas was founded the area ranchers and homesteaders had to go all the way to Bisbee for supplies. The Slaughter's established this commissary on their ranch to sell dry goods such as rope, tack, beans, flour, salt, sugar, chaps and other items to their neighbors saving them a...

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Indian...

    Just to the left as you exit the granary, you will see some large dark stones with holes in the middle. These are ancient Indian Metates found in washes on the ranch. The ancient Native Americans used these stones to grind grain for food.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Granary

    Originally, this building was used to store the grain and feed required for a working ranch. It now serves as a display museum showing articles and implements used on ranches during the timeframe the Slaughter Ranch was in use.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Car Shed

    As much as John Slaughter felt at home on a horse, he also was very fond of the automobile. In 1912 he purchased a 1912 Cadillac, the first car ever registered in the state of Arizona. He bought a total of six cars between 1912 and 1921, including a 1915 Model T Ford like the one shown here.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Begining

    You should begin your tour of the ranch by parking in the designated area and entering the small visitor's center and paying your fee. The attendant will give you a brochure to use for your self-guided tour.

  • Texas John Slaughter Ranch: Entrance

    In 1822 an original land grant of 73, 240 acres was sold to Ignacio Perez who was run off the land by 1830. John Slaughter then bought the grant in 1884, and bought more land to establish what he called "San Bernardino Ranch". After his death in 1922, his widow sold the Mexican and US portions to different people. In 1978, the Nature Conservancy...

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

    This is Stop 11 on the Feather Duster Tour. The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was the first Catholic church built in Douglas. It was built after the churches on Church Square so it was built about a block away.

  • Church Square

    This is Stop 13 on the Feather Duster Tour. There is a block in Douglas that has a church at each corner, the only place in the world to do so. All the churches were built between 1902 and 1907. On this block you will see the First Baptist Church; First Prebyterian Church; Grace United Church; and Saint Stephens Episcopal Church. Even with the...


Douglas Hotels

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  • Best Western Inn & Suites

    199 E. 7th Street, Douglas, Arizona, 85607, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Gadsden Hotel

    1046 G Ave., Douglas, Arizona, 85607, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Motel 6 Douglas

    111 16th Street

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Douglas Restaurants

  • Mexican Food

    We had the best soft Tacos here at Brasas. A small family run restaurant in Douglas. It was by chance that we even stopped here because we were headed to a more renown Mexican restaurant that was closed.For as little as $1.99 we got soft Tacos and for $2.49 Caramillos with beef fillings. Delicious. What I loved most was the Mexican sodas.

  • Say Hello to Marilyn

    The Grand Cafe serves Mexican and American Food. They have daily specials. There is a nice marble topped bar. They serve beer and wine. The music they played was Mexican and most of the clientele the day I was there spoke Spanish. The service was good. Many people come here for the over 200 photographs and other displays about Marilyn Monroe. It...

  • Great decor and Ambience; Average Food

    El Conquistador is part of the Hotel Gadsden and boasts impressive old world architecture and design. There is a very nice tile mural on one wall. The decor and ambience makes you expect a great dining experience. The menu is varied including steak, chicken, ribs, and a variety of seafood including many types of fish, shrimp, and lobster. The...

  • Fun bright family environment

    The place is usually pretty full and the waitresses are slow to serve, but expect it and relax. Have a lemonade and eat some chips and watch all the families enjoying their time together. I love their carne asada and some of the soups, but beware of the mass quantities of cheese in them. Also, their chimichangas are big enough for a MANLY man. If...

  • Chips are delicious, and the salsa is...

    It is the first Mexican Steakhouse I've been to, so I can't compare. Expect the type of "healthy" choices you would have at any steakhouse. The chips and salsa are homemade and I can't stop eating them even though it means I leave completely stuffed. I liked their burgers and the waitstaff is very sweet. See above. Wait to eat until about 7:30,...

  • The best in town

    While the general decor/ambience of this clean and recently redecorated restaurant leaves something to be desired, it's not fancy or "mexican themed", the collection of Maryln Monroe photographs and memoribilia on the walls is quite a sight. But the FOOD is the best authentic Mexican in town and the Service is always friendly. Open daily except...


Douglas Tourist Traps

  • by DonMac Written Aug 2, 2003

    While it is not exactly what one thinks of as a "trap" the main dining room of the Gadsden Hotel is a sad disapointment for the decerning palate. With its' classic turn-of the-century decor and well appointed dining service one expects cuisine to match, sadly this is not the case. What is served is best described as Canned, Pre-cooked, Uninspired, or just plain Insipid! After trying several times over several months I've given up trying to get a good meal and no longer take visiting friends there.

    Unique Suggestions: Go to the Saddle and Spur Lounge in the hotel soak up a small taste of the old frontier/ cowboy West and a couple of large tastes of your favorite libation and the dinner might be tolerable.

    Fun Alternatives: Go out the front doors, turn left, go to the corner, cross to the east side of G Ave., go north 1/2 block to the Grand Cafe. It's not nearly as classy in looks but you can't beat the food.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Desert

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