Hillsboro was in the heart of Apache territory, but despite fierce Indian attacks, the town grew. The post office opened in 1879 and never closed, and Hillsboro became the county seat in 1884. It grew to about 1,200 people by 1907. Area mines produced about $6 million in gold and silver. A slowdown occurred, however, and Hillsboro lost the county seat to T or C in 1938. Hillsboro also had the last operating stage line in the U. S.
The remains of the old county courthouse, built in 1892, still stand. It was here that the three alleged killers of Col. Albert J. Fountain were tried for (and acquitted of) his 1896 murder.
The General Store is now a small restaurant where we had a great hamburger and homemade fries. The milk shakes are pretty good too.
Hillsboro had its ups and downs. Fires, floods, influenza epidemics and ecnomic downturns took their toil. But it now is a small active community of artists, ranchers and retirees.