The Dish Washer

true west moments dishwasher
Illustration by Bob Boze Bell.

In 1878 a young boy named Henry McCarty washed dishes in the kitchen at the Hotel de Luna on the edge of the Camp Grant military reservation near present day Bonita, Arizona. He also did some cooking and stealing horses before he changed his name
to William Bonney and became known in legend as Billy the Kid. He’s probably the most famous dish washer in history.

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Bob Boze Bell

In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.