PASTFINDER GATHERING – DEFIANT: THE STORY OF ARIZONA’S DEADLIEST GUNFIGHT
APRIL 24 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The deadliest gunfight in Arizona did not take place on the streets of Tombstone, but rather in a remote canyon of the Galiuro Mountains in Graham County in 1918, decades after the frontier had closed. Join Heidi Osselaer as she tells the story. Much of the Power shootout remains a mystery. Were the Power boys evading the draft during World War I? Who was ambushed that day, the lawmen or the Power family? On the surface the story looks like an Old West shootout, complete with a feud, murder mystery and conspiracy theories galore, but it also foreshadows the emergence of a powerful federal government in the lives of average citizens.
Heidi has a Ph.D. in United States History and focuses on Arizona and southwestern history. She has taught at Arizona State University, Tempe, Scottsdale Community College, and Phoenix College. Her award-winning book, Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2009. She served as the historical consultant and producer for the documentary film, Power’s War, released in 2015, about the deadliest gunfight in Arizona history. She is a recipient of the Sharlot Hall Award for her “valuable contributions to the understanding and awareness of Arizona and its history” and plays an active role with the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail.