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Wasn't that long ago I had never heard of Tap Duncan and the Hackberry cowboys of northwestern Arizona and now he seems to be a media sensation.

I was up at my Pa's house in Fountain Hills for Thanksgiving and low and behold I spy the new issue of Phoenix magazine with the title Wild West and some hardcase cowpokes on the cover. Phoenix magazine is a rather tony publication to be featuring such a subject. When I saw that the three men on the cover were Frenchy Marin, Tap Duncan and Bill Smith working cattle in Hackberry, Arizona, I had one thought....Boze.

Now I don't know if it was a coincidence or not, but, Bob is quoted in an article called, "Hold Your Piece" about the folks in Arizona being well heeled through it's history.

Altough it is a rather generic history of the early days of Arizona, it does have some great photos, good enough that I lifted my old man's copy.

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Comment by Bob Boze Bell on November 24, 2012 at 8:24am

Mundo, yes, it's in the water. Funny how these things bubble to the surface, get hot, then cool off and disappear for another ten decades. Ha. I had the same reaction to the Phoenix magazine issue, although I thought the mashup with machine guns was a little jarring.

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