The 3X Brand

3X Brand

One of Arizona’s most enduring brands had its beginning back in 1885 when Fred Fritz Sr. settled along the Blue River, north of Clifton, and started a cow ranch. He was from the German settlement of Fredericksburg, Texas, spoke with a thick German accent and could neither read nor write the English language. One day a brand inspector rode into the Blue River country and informed Fritz the times were a-changin’ and he needed to register his brand. After filling out the necessary papers for the cattleman, the inspector handed him a paper to sign. With hands gnarled and callused from working cattle, He scrawled an “X” in the proper place. It was necessary to have two witnesses so he called a couple of cowhands over and they too marked their X beside the boss’s.

“Now,” the official explained, “you must draw your brand in the box at the bottom of the page.”

The cowman stared at the three “signatures” for a moment, then with slow deliberation, marked three X’s in the box and the Triple X, one of Arizona’s most famous brands was born.

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