Free screening of documentary about deadly shoot-out to be shown at Queen Creek museum

The San Tan chapter of the Arizona Archeological Society will present “Power’s War,” a documentary about one of Arizona’s deadliest and rumor-ridden shoot-outs, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at San Tan Historical Society Museum, 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek.

Admission is free.

The movie-makers say the deadliest gunfight in Arizona did not take place on the streets of Tombstone during its wild territorial days, but rather in a remote canyon of the Galiuro Mountains on a snowy Sunday morning in 1918. The numerous books that have been written about the gunfight are filled with rumors and conspiracy theories as authors have tried to make sense of it all. Why did eight men fight to the death on a cold winter’s morning in a remote canyon? Were they fighting over the gold mine, or was the federal government determined to punish draft evaders with deadly force?

The film features historians include Heidi Osselaer, Eduardo Pagan, Mark Weitz, Paul Hietter, Marshall Trimble, the Arizona Republic’s Don Dedera, author Thomas Cobb (“Crazy Heart”) and many descendants of the Power shoot-out.

The movie trailer an be viewed on YouTube.

Seating is limited. To reserve a space, call Marie Britton at 480-390-3491 or e-mail her at

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