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NACO AZ

Naco Arizona is the southernmost community of Bisbee AZ and is located on the US Mexico border and was formed by the Phelps Dodge Corporation in 1898. Naco AZ is the border part of our Bisbee tours.

Opata Indians and Nahua Indians, who settled in the Naco area in the early 1800s called the prickly pear cactus - "Naco", Consequently, the communities on both sides of the southern border are named Naco Arizona, and Naco Sonora.

In Mexican culture traditions,  ripe prickly pears or Naco are called Nopale and are a favorite cuisine in Mexican culture.  The red, ripe prickly pear fruit or purple fruits on top of the Nopal pads are called "red tuna fruit" in the Spanish language and make a mean margarita or prickly pear cocktail.

Naco Sonora on the other side of the US and Mexico border is infamous for rivaling Tombstone AZ with drunken debauchery, random crime, and gunfights in the wild west.

Congress opened the US port of entry in 1902.  The current Pueblo Revival Design building was constructed in 1936 and resembles architecture from Santa Fe NM. 

Nopal

Nopal

Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

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Naco Port of Entry

Naco Port of Entry

US Port of Entry

US Port of Entry

Camp Naco, also called Fort Naco or Fort Newell, started in Naco AZ in 1910 and was manned by buffalo soldiers 92nd infantry division from Fort Huachuca AZ

The purpose of Camp Naco was to protect the US Mexico Border and the American spectators from the Mexican Revolutionary War. Cochise County Arizona citizens often traveled to Naco AZ and watched the transpiring war from railcars and boxcars along the southern border.

Buffalo Soldiers were on high alert due to continued fighting across the US Mexico border, including the Battle of Naco in 1913 and the later Siege of Naco in 1915 in Sonora Mexico.

Camp Naco

Camp Naco

Camp Naco Markers

Camp Naco Markers

The troop strength varied at Camp Naco from 50 to 5000 soldiers. When the threat of the Mexican Revolutionary War was over, the camp was closed in 1923. In 1935 it was reoccupied by the Civilian Conservation Corps which stayed until 1937.

Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

Francisco Pancho Villa, leader of the Mexican Rebels during the Mexican Revolutionary War, frequented Naco Mexico often. In fact, Don Pancho Villa has many descendants living in the city of Bisbee AZ today.

Naco Arizona is home to the first foreign aerial bomber in American history.

Patrick Murphy was an Irish-American mercenary who was hired by the Mexican rebel fighters to fly his biplane over the Escobar Rebellion in Naco Sonora and drop homemade bombs on the Mexican government soldiers.

Car Destroyed By Naco Bomber

Car Destroyed By Naco Bomber

Drunk and hungover, Murphy and his helper lit the fuses on the bombs with the cigarettes they were smoking and promptly missed most of the targets. Several bombs never detonated. One bomb went through the roof of Newton's Garage in Naco AZ and blew up the car of a Mexican General who stored it in the garage for safekeeping. another bomb landed in the Naco Mercantile on the American side.

Murphy was shot down by Mexican soldiers and scampered back into America where he was captured and sent to prison for a few days in Nogales AZ.

Prehistoric mammoth bones were found after heavy monsoon rains in the Green Bush Draw in 1952 which runs through Naco AZ.

Naco Mammoth Bones

Naco Mammoth Bones

Ronald and Nancy Reagan were frequent visitors to Naco AZ because they had a rancher friend in Naco Sonora. In fact, Ronald Reagan's back injury from falling off a horse happened at the ranch in Naco MX.

President Reagan at Gay 90s

President Reagan at Gay 90s