The name “Apache Tear” comes from a legend of the Apache tribe: about 75 Apaches and the US Cavalry fought on a mountain overlooking what is now Superior, Arizona in the 1870s. Facing defeat, the outnumbered Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths rather than be captured.
Here is some history of how the town of Sedona got its name and the formation of the Schnebly Hill Road.
Elisha Reavis was a famous hermit/miner who was one of the first permanent residents of the Superstition Mountain area. This is a story by Ash Montagu.