A cowboy in Arizona today is more likely to drive a pickup truck than ride a horse. But his dusty boots and sweat-stained hat brim can still be found statewide.
Ranches were here before statehood. One early Spanish land grant brought the Amados family to Southern Arizona in 1711. Henry Amado still has his great-grandfather’s branding iron. While it isn’t polite to ask a rancher the size of his herd, Amado has to call in a lot of neighbors during roundup not far from the town of Amado, named after his family.
Grand Canyon enthusiasts celebrated Arizona’s centennial recently with a History Symposium at the South Rim. And some of the most interesting research came from amateur historians in love with the Canyon.
Dennis Foster teaches applied macro-economics at Northern Arizona University. That’s his day job. He spends his free time studying Grand Canyon and its history. For the past 15 years Foster has been investigating the 1882 – 83 Charles Walcott expedition.