Holbrook is a storied American witnessed fall. Excerpted from the classic
W. M. Foote monograph of November 1912:
"It was doubtless the literary exaggerations of the 18th century and similar
causes which prevented early geologists and astronomers from investigating
the reports of falling sky-stones. But in the fatherland of yellow
journalism we sometimes find a journalistic restraint, under conditions that
are worth of remark, and which prove the labor of the news-gatherer to be of
value to science. In the last week of July, the following acount appeared
in several Arizona papers:
'Friday evening about six-thirty a meteor, or some other body of a like
nature, passed over Holbrook going almost due east at a rate of speed that
would make a swift-moving express train seem as though it were standing dead
still. The noise it created was very loud and lasted for at least a half a
minute and sounded somewhat like distant thunder or the booming of a cannon
in the distance. It left a large cloud of smoke in its trail and several
of our citizens heard it explode a couple of times. A few saw it and nearly
everyone heard the noise it made. Reports from Winslow are that several
people saw the body pass over the town, and the noise was heard at St.
Joseph, Woodruff, Pinedale, and Concho. That either all or part of the body
fell near the section house at Aztec, six miles east of here, there seems to
be little doubt.'
About two dozen people went to Aztec to pick up pieces of the meteor Sunday
afternoon and the field is now pretty well cleaned up..."
This last sentence is at least amusing, as this strewn field has
successfully been hunted for the subsequent century with marked success.
After the aforementioned search conducted by some two dozen people, another
recovery attempt was funded by Foote:
"A most careful search by over one hundred persons was made under that
stimulus which is usually found to be instantly effective. This search
continued for two months. The discoveries of new stones rapidly rose and as
rapidly dwindled to nothing."
It is unknown how many stones in addition to the originally-estimated 14,000
or so at the time of Foote's writing have since been recovered.
This specimen was acquired in the October 28, 2007, Bonhams auction, the
first ever by a major international auction house to be solely dedicated to