As young men, Henry and his brother were caught illegally mining coal on 'their' family farm. Both men fled to avoid prosecution. Henry joined the Prussian army and after his military service, lived in Rotterdam, Netherlands for a year. He eventually arrived in New York, in 1847.
Henry Wickenburg never married, but Mrs. Helene Holland, inherited Henry’s property, in 1905. It should be noted, that while Henry was still alive, his personal property was gifted to Helene, in 1903. Henry Wickenburg died from a gunshot wound to the head. His death was deemed a suicide, but many questioned this ruling.
Henry Wickenburg (Johannes Henrichs Wickenburg) was born in Essen, Germany on November 21st, 1819.
Henry Wickenburg’s first Wickenburg home: “Tunnel House” circa 1862. The tunnel was timbered and had a 10x12 foot rock room, constructed at one end. The tunnel was used as a get-a-way from the Indians. He also used the tunnel, as a cool and dry place, to store his perishable food.
Henry Wickenburg’s 1864 ranch house and farmland were destroyed by the 1890 Walnut Dam flood.
Henry Wickenburg sold a portion of his original homestead to F.X. O’Brian in 1903. FX Built the ranch house called “La Testa”. It was named for the orchards that were planted and ‘tested’ there. The house still stands and is currently part of the Simpson Ranch along with the remains of the “Tunnel House”.
Henry Wickenburg is credited for planting the palm trees.
Henry Wickenburg’s last home, Wickenburg-Boetto Home, built in 1903, is located at 225 South Washington Street.
Henry Wickenburg is buried at the Henry Wickenburg Pioneer Cemetery, located off of Howard Court and Adams Street.
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