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Taylor Gabbard and his wife Amanda established the first Indian school in the Verde Valley in September 1907 in the former administration building at the abandoned Fort Verde. Today the building serves as the administration building and museum at Fort Verde State Historic Park.

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Exactly what motivated Taylor Gabbard to come to Arizona is unknown. Like so many young men of his time it was likely a combination of things, not the least of which was a chance to experience the American West before it became a thing of the past.