FOCCC - Excerpts Of Monthly Report

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Sally (Winn) Falls


Sally and James Coryell's internment in the Paradise Cemetery a few miles from Portal. Their young son and only child James Wesley, Jr. is buried nearby. He died at age 8 or 9 from unknown causes.

According to long term Portal resident Ted Troller, Sally was a very bubbly and out-going person, who was very, very nice to him and the other kids.

It is believed she was a dispatch operator, perhaps for the Forest Service. She married James about 1919. The eventually owned the Coryell ranch in Paradise, just north of Galeyville and later moved to Douglas. She was much loved in the area and at some time the Falls were named after her, perhaps by the locals.

Later, the Coryell ranch was bought by Ralph Morrow.

Frederick Winn [1880-1945] was supervisor of the Coronado National Forest and based in Tucson from 1925-1942 when he retired.

The local story is that sometime after he retired the Forest Service wanted to honor him and selected a waterfall to name after him. It was later decided that the selected waterfall was not enough of a waterfall to honor him. So someone decided to change the name of Sally Falls to Winn Falls. The locals were never asked and were very upset about the change. For years and years afterwards, they all referred to it as Sally Falls. They still do as do some of us newcomers!


When you go up the Herb Martyr Rd to see the Falls, be sure and say hello to Sally.

Winn Falls CW -1

FOCCC Plans for 2018

Visitor Information Center -Now operated by FOCCC

* Lead Interpretive walks

* Have bi-weekly activities at the VIC: education, birding, photography and more

* Educational outreach to schools - students are brought to experience the forest, mountains and creatures. We will provide experts in many different fields to open their minds to the real world.

* Improve South Fork trail

* Improve the Nature trail and also provide a guide designating the differentfauna

* Supporting the Forest Service in numerous projects and funding. We are contributing $1700 to fix the well and pump so there will be water at the campgrounds.

* New Project: FOCCC will be providing a porta potty at the end of South Fork Rd. from March 15 - Sept. 15. Also, one will be placed at the John Hands area during the holidays. If people that use these facilities make a donation, we may be able to continue providing the service. The cost for the six months is $1350 for rental and periodic cleaning.

Willow Tank

* Continue the rejuvenation project

* Raise the island to provide better nesting habitat

* Eliminate bull frogs

* Possibly introduce leopard frog

* Provide shade covering

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Here's The VIC!


The Cave Creek Canyon

Visitor Information Center was

built in 1924.


In 2017, visitation at the Center almost doubled from 2017, with over 8000 people came to the VIC. Our many volunteers donated over 3000 hours during 2017.


Over the decades the walkways have deteriorated extensively and were quite dangerous. Additionally, the paths and the walkways are not handicapped accessible and need to be raised with a hard surface applied.


VIC BY SWW 11-2017


Howard Topoff 2011