Army convinced the Yavapai to resettle on apermanent reservation, but because the government supplied inadequate rations,the Yavapai began to raid stagecoaches and wagon trains and isolated settlersand miners. The historic Wickenburg Massacre, November 5, 1871 (a little morethan a year before the Skeleton Cave Massacre,) was west of Wickenburg, not farfrom the Date Creek Reservation where nearly 1,000 Tonto Apache and YavapaiIndians had settled.
"Grim and ghostly was the sight that met the eyes ofAdams......the whitened skeletons of 200 Indian men, women and children."(Notice exaggerated number of skeletons.) One of Arizona's bloodiest Indianfights is recalled by this important discovery - bloody for the Indians, all ofwhom were caught like rats in a trap and remorselessly shot to death by CaptainJohn Barnes and his command of soldiers in 1872.....The skeletons found byAdams are lying on the floor of the cave in all sorts of shapes, in heaps andsingly.
A survivor's recollections of the Whitman massacre ..
MARCUS AND NARCISSA WHITMAN WERE EXHAUSTED, THE PEOPLE IN THE MISSION WERE GOING ABOUT THEIR AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES, AND TWO NATIVES WERE APPROACHING THE WHITMAN'S MISSION, WITH A TERRIBLE PLOT IN MIND.
THE WHITMANS CAME TO CREATE A METHODIST MISSION ABOUT 6 MILES WEST OF MODERN-DAY WALLA-WALLA.