desertmountaineer - Saved 4/11/2020
If I were to leave my house and fly at a compass bearing of 260 degrees, I would cross the Tucson Mountains, pass over the entire width of Avra Valley and arrive at the eastern edge of the Waterman Mountains in a mere 14 miles. It’s one of the closest ranges to home. I’ve been lucky enough to have spent some very enjoyable days wandering its hills. The name of the range sounds like a person’s surname, and I started poking around to see if I could discover its source. I think I got lucky on this one. It turns out that Governor Waterman of California, who was once secretary of a California company which owned and developed several mines in this range, was where the name originated. He was the 17th governor of California, and served in that position from September 12, 1887 to January 8, 1891.