The Country Jake

Illustration by Bob Boze Bell
Illustration by Bob Boze Bell

In 1876, Arizona cowboy Gus Gildea described seeing the young outlaw Henry McCarty near Henry Clay Hooker’s Sierra Bonita Ranch: “He came to town, dressed like a ‘country jake,’ with ‘store pants’ on and shoes instead of boots. He wore a six gun stuck in his trousers.” Not long after, Henry shot his first man, changed his name to William Bonney and became known as Billy the Kid.

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