The Hashknife Outfit

Hashknife Cowboys

When it comes to Arizona cattle ranches, one famous spread had the unsavory reputation of having “the thievinist, fightinest’ bunch of cowboys in the United States.” Or, so said author Frazier Hunt. The Aztec Land and Cattle Company was organized in the early 1880s and had its headquarters across the Little Colorado River from the present site of Saint Joseph (they later moved to Holbrook). Better known as The Hashknife Outfit, in addition to the shady character of its cowhands, the Hashknife was also a huge ranch, 90 miles long and 40 miles wide. Although the ranch is long gone, today the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff’s Posse proudly carries the name and the brand into the present day.

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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.