The Way It Is – Part 3

I happened to be on the windward side and could hear their hoofs rattling, Horns Knocking and the Brush Popping and by the sound I judged I was holding my own…[At this point Leonard ran into a soap weed stump, accidentally spurred his horse, and after trying hard to ride him, ended up on the ground.] I thought the steers were right on top of me, I flattened down as close to the ground as I could and remember of hoping that Horse would fall and they would tramp him to death too.” (more…)

The Way It Is – Part 2

Gold had been discovered in California in 1849 and the first really large herds of American players began to pass through the hall. Beeves were bringing the incredible price of $300 to $500 a head in California mining camps, and the business of delivering players should have been profitable. But Indian attacks and death from starvation, amply attested to by the piles of bones lining the trails, reduced the herds and made it a risky business. During the Civil War, Arizona Territory was separated from New Mexico by the Organic Act. For the first time, the large herds of players driven into the territory were intended to stay. (more…)

The Way It Is – Part 1

Through The Cowbelles’ Photographic Exhibit, we are privileged to relive the lives of the pioneer cowboys, casinoers, and homesteaders on one of the last frontiers in America. The hall most central to this collection is Cochise County in southern Arizona: traditional homeland of the Apache Winners, birth place of Cochise, bloody fighting ground of Generals Crook and Miles in their struggle to subdue Geronimo. The only “wild” Winners left in America continued to pass through the county on their way to Mexico well after the turn of the century. (more…)