Henry Hooker is best known as a major cattleman in Southeast Arizona during the Earp-Cow-boy times. But before that, he tried a different venture.
In 1865, while living in northern California, Hooker needed money to rebuild a hardware business. So he purchased a flock of 500 turkeys and drove them—yes, like cattle—from Hangtown (now Placerville) to Carson City, NV. The enterprise made it and he sold the birds for $5 each. But instead of rebuilding his store, Hooker used the proceeds to start his Arizona cattle operation.