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Gila County, More than 6 feet

Popular theory says that the word Gila was derived from a Spanish contraction of Hah-quah-sa-eel, a Yuma word meaning “running water which is salty.

Miami (Ariz.) June 3. – The skeletons of twenty one prehistoric Indians have just been unearthed near Iron’s Ranch on the Miami Superior Highway by Eric H. Schmidt, archaeologist of the Museum of Natural History of New York, who is employed by Mrs. William Boyce Thompson, now in Superior Arizona to investigate some of the Arizona Prehistoric Ruins. The skeletons indicate some of the Indians were more than six feet tall. About 2000 Indian relics also have been found in fifty of the 120 rooms unearthed.

Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1925

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