How the Mountains Got Their Name
Bruce M. Wilson credits the naming of these mountains to William Bradshaw. In his book, "Crown King and the Southern Bradshaws: A Complete History," Wilson writes, "The first known party of Anglos to enter the area was a small group of miners led by William Bradshaw. They did not actually penetrate the mountain range, but confined themselves to placering on Black Canyon and Turkey Creeks on the east side of the range. Bradshaw led about 50 men from the Weaver diggings to these new placering grounds in 1863." Bradshaw ran for political office twice, but lost. He returned to La Paz where he committed suicide in December, 1864, while drunk, by nearly severing his head with a carpenter's draw knife.
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