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.
Buckey O’Neill got a lot living done in just 38 years.
Nicknamed for “bucking the tiger” in his favorite card game, he came to Arizona territory at the age of 19. As a newspaper man in Tombstone, he covered the Earp brothers and may have witnessed the OK Corral shootout.
Then he mined copper at the Grand Canyon, where he built a cabin that still stands.
He served as judge, mayor and sheriff in Yavapai County, and led a posse through Canyon Diablo to capture bandits.