Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H = Hashknife: A to Z Blogging Challenge

Hashknife is the nickname for the Aztec Land and Cattle Commpany which moved from Texas into northern Arizona in 1884. The name comes from their brand which looks like an old hash knife used by the chuck wagon cooks. It was the once the third largest cattle company in North America.

Hashknife Brand

The Hashknife was situated along the Little Colorado River but later moved near Holbrook. Cowboys from the ranch were well-known in Holbrook which was known as a rough and rowdy Old West town. Although most of the Hashknife cowboys were good, hard-working men there were also many who became rustlers, robbers and gunfighters.

Besides the nickname for the cattle company the cowboys had range names as colorful as the stroies about them such as "Windy Bob" and "Bony Duran."

This photo was taken on the Mogollon Rim in the mid-70s. Although not the Hashknife Ranch it gives an idea of the country.
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