Sorry to tell you, but no hiring. In fact, they are laying off here. Because of the state budget crisis, we are looking at losing over half of our staff, and only being open to the public 3 days a week! And we haven't been paid since the middle of July, because a budget hasn't been passed. I've been here 15 years and this is the worst I've ever seen. There is still no end in sight because the administration, which is Democrat, and the Republicans, are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Oh, well, at least I still have a job.
As far as my question about the board house, Bark says in the notes that it was on the sight of his horse ranch, so that should be pretty authoritative, no? Also, in reading the Two Soldiers story in the notes, they describe leaving Ft. McDowell and getting on the Apache Trail (although I geuss it wasn't called that then). I would assume they came down the Verde and crossed the Salt somewhere in that vicinity. Most versions don't mention it, but there is an allusion to them having mules. Anyway, it goes on to say that they followed the Apache Trail until it appeared to turn alomost straight north, whereas they wanted to go south. So at that point they found a creek and followed it south until they came to a waterfall and couldn't go any farther. Now I know I have read on one of the hiking sites about a creek that runs from the direction of the Salt and has a waterfall and a box canyon part way along it. It might be Reavis Falls, but I'm not sure. I'll have to try and find it again, unless you know which one it is. Anyway, they went back the way they had come for a ways and then climbed up a mountain which was flat on the top and on which they couldn't find any sign of a trail; however, they later came across a trail which took them through the tunnel or cave that is spoken of that you have to pass through to find the mine. And of course, they did find it. Do any of these landmarks sound at all familiar to you? Any idea what that creek might be? Also, when they get to the Silver King mine (where was that located?) they state that they haven't got their "naturalization papers" yet so can't file a claim. Now, if they were in the Army, they would have to be U.S. citizens, wouldn't they? Do you think Bark might have meant Discharge papers? It sounds like it would be really simple if you could find that creek, then climb up the mountain, search around and find the trail, follow it until it went through the cave or hole, and there you would be, at the mine! How much easier could it get?