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Gila Woodpecker Located 17 miles east of Douglas in a wide valley, the 2,309 acre ranch is now a wildlife refuge which includes a portion of the Yaqui River, which drains into northern Mexico. During the 1700’s, the Jesuit missionaries occupied the area. A land grant established in 1822 resulted in extensive cattle grazing activity for more than 10 years, until ranchers were driven out by the Apache Indians. Cavalry regiments left their mark during the early 1900’s, while protecting settlers against raids by Pancho Villa and his men. Today, the refuge is open to birdwatching, photography and hiking, as well as dove, quail and cottontail rabbit hunting in season.  More than 283 species are represented in the aquatic and riparian habitats of the San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge. 

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The city's first newspaper was called the International. The paper's first issues were printed in Bisbee and sent down to Douglas for distribution. In March of 1902, the Douglas Dispatch (still published today) presented its first issue, with A.F. Banta as the first publisher.
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