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June 2008
SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM EVENT: LIVING HISTORY PRESENTATIONS “Every Man His Own Physician:  What to Do Before You Called the Doctor”
“The Medical Department:  Frontier Medicine.”

Sharlot Hall Museum’s
Prescott Indian Art
Market  July 12 & 13

SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM Blue Rose Garden  Ladies of the Garden

Natl Day of American Cowboy Events Planned

Fort Chadbourne 150th Anniversary Butterfield Overland Mail Celebration 
starring Barry Corbin

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Events

May 2008
Ralphs Back Porch Online Radio Shows

The Elks Opera House presents Summer Schedule

Eiteljorg Museum 16th Annual Indian Market and Festival June 21, 2008 - June 22, 2008

BBHC celebrates International Museum Day with 125th anniversary of Wild West

BBHC chooses conservator to join collections team

Apr 2008
Perkins Benefit May 4th

Eiteljorg Study with Ted Orland, assistant to Ansel Adams

Yoga session led by Marsha Pappas in the Eiteljorg Museum's gardens

Gabriel's Angels invites you to the Pets Helping Kids Fundraising Breakfast
Friday, May 16, 2008 

Tea with ‘ZaZa’,a one woman show returns to the Prescott Elks Opera House

Eiteljorg Museum unveiled nine large-format paintings by Chicago artist Bernard Williams in its Harvey Gallery of Contemporary Art

Weissenbach  new director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

Payson Pro Rodeo Committee

Pistol Packin' Paula Benefit

Mar 2008
Eiteljorg Museum Storyteller Joe Bruchac; Mother's Day brunch

BBHC Get High Marks

Bob Boze Bell Heart Attack

Meet Katsina Carver Debbie Drye Eiteljorg Museum

Scottsdale Museum of the West

Eiteljorg MuseumYosemite: Art of an American Icon

Feb 2008
PSA's for Elks Opera House through March 1

Payson Choral Society

American GIrl at Eiteljorg Museum

Jan 2008
BBHC Cowboy Songs & Range Ballads looks to Yellowstone for theme

Major BBHC benefactor, Nancy-Carroll Draper, passes away

Dec 2007
Tombstone Chamber

BBHC’s audio tour an award winner

Nov 2007
Bison Museum

Aug 2007
Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s McCracken Research Library awarded prestigious grant from  Institute of Museum and Library Services  

June 2007
National Archive Celebrates Constitution Day

May 2007
Arizona Rough Riders
Chandler Museum
Gilbert Museum
Heritage Cake
Riordan Mansion State Historic


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Ike Clanton
"Buckskin" Frank Leslie
Tom McLaury
Carlos Montezuma

Marguerite Noble
Buckey O'Neill
Robert Leroy Parker
Pioneer Pepper& the Sunset Pioneers
Jimmy Roberts,Arizona peace officer
Teddy Roosevelt
John Slaughter
AA Stewart


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Loup Valley, NE
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Snowflake, Arizona
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Sesame Baked or Dutch Oven Chicken

Cowboy Beans
Makes about 3 quarts of beans

2 pounds Pinquito beans, (cover with water and soak overnight)
2 large onions, cut into 8ths
1 jalapeno chopped fine
1 large clove of garlic, chopped fine
1 pound hamburger
1 pound chorizo
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup dried oregano
1 Tbsp. sugar
Salt and pepper to taste AFTER the bean are cooked.

Cover beans with water the night before. Water should be about 2 inches above the beans.
Next day; do not drain the beans. Add all ingredients except the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer until beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Then add salt and pepper.

Prep. Time: 15 min.
Cook time: approx. 1 1/2 hour

Hint: If you add the salt before the beans are done, they get tough and hard.

Recipe from Cowboy Flavor.

Quick and-Easy Pickled Peaches
Perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner or a homemade Christmas Gift

  • Ingredients

  • 1 can cling peach halves (drain and save syrup)

  • 1 cup 250 ml reserved peach syrup

  • 1 1/2 cup cider vinegar

  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 6 oz.

  • 112 tsp Allspice

  • 114 tsp Cloves (Ground)

  • Cooking Directions

  • Combine peaches, syrup and all remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Place peaches and syrup in decorative containers (such as old-fashioned canning jars). Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours to allow flavors to develop. Peaches will keep in refrigerator up to two weeks. Makes 8 servings.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Nutritional Information Per Serving:

  • Calories 130

  • Protein 0 g

  • Carbohydrates 35 g

  • Fat 0 g

  • Saturated Fat 0 g

  • Cholesterol 0 mg

  • Sodium 13 mg

  • Dietary Fiber 1 g

Country Cottage - Triple Chocolate Brownies

  • 2 cups sugar                

  • 1½ cups flour

  • 1 cup oil                    

  • 10 slightly heaping Tbsp. cocoa

  • 4 eggs                         

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp. vanilla                

  • 1 cup chocolate chips

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

 Cream together sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until fluffy add dry ingredients and mix until well blended, stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

With cooking spray coat a 9X13 baking cake pan. Spread mixture evenly. Bake at 350* 30 minutes. Cool and frost if desired and/or drizzle with fudge topping .

 Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar                        

  • 1 cube margarine

  • 1 8oz cream cheese                             

  • 1 tsp vanilla       

With hand mixer beat well and frost brownies, drizzle with hot fudge topping and sprinkle with chopped walnuts

 Hot Fudge Topping

 Use a medium non – stick pan and mix together 

  • 1 can evaporated milk              

  • 2 Tbsp. light corn syrup

  • 3 Tbsp. margarine                    

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 2 cups chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp vanilla 

Cook on medium heat and bring mixture to a boil. Boil 3 minutes (use a timer) then add 2 cups chocolate chips and 1 tsp. vanilla

Stir continually until mixture thickens. Pour in container and refrigerate.  Spoon out enough for desired use and warm in microwave until melted, do not over heat.

1876 : Battle of Little Bighorn
June 25, 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana's Little Bighorn River.

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations. In 1875, after gold was discovered in the Black Hills, the U.S. Army ignored previous treaty agreements and invaded the region. This betrayal led many Sioux and Cheyenne tribesmen to leave their reservations and join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. By the late spring of 1876, more than 10,000 Native Americans had gathered in a camp along the Little Bighorn River--which they called the Greasy Grass--in defiance of a U.S. War Department order to return to their reservations or risk being attacked.

In mid-June, three columns of U.S. soldiers lined up against the camp and prepared to march. A force of 1,200 Native Americans turned back the first column on June 17. Five days later, General Alfred Terry ordered Custer's 7th Cavalry to scout ahead for enemy troops. On the morning of June 25, Custer drew near the camp and decided to press on ahead rather than wait for reinforcements.

At mid-day, Custer's 600 men entered the Little Bighorn Valley. Among the Native Americans, word quickly spread of the impending attack. The older Sitting Bull rallied the warriors and saw to the safety of the women and children, while Crazy Horse set off with a large force to meet the attackers head on. Despite Custer's desperate attempts to regroup his men, they were quickly overwhelmed. Custer and some 200 men in his battalion were attacked by as many as 3,000 Native Americans; within an hour, Custer and every last one of his soldier were dead.

The Battle of Little Bighorn--also called Custer's Last Stand--marked the most decisive Native American victory and the worst U.S. Army defeat in the long Plains Indian War. The gruesome fate of Custer and his men outraged many white Americans and confirmed their image of the Indians as wild and bloodthirsty. Meanwhile, the U.S. government increased its efforts to subdue the tribes. Within five years, almost all of the Sioux and Cheyenne would be confined to reservations.



Good Day Citizens;
I arrived in the city under unknown circumstances. Traveling from Tucson Arizona on the Bisbee stage April 12th of 1888 our coach was attacked by a band of Pistoleros. As I attempted to assist Madam Debouch from the coach I was pistol whipped from behind by a cowardly desperado.

The year that has ensued has provided me the opportunity to remember most of my past. My former employ was the Ohio News; the Nebraska Sentinel; and the Denver Nugget. I left Western Pennsylvania in ‘66 and arrived in Hamilton, Ohio, where I started for the Times typesetting. In ‘69 I became the editor due to an unfortunate argument the former editor had over politics. Soon realizing I had the same political views as my predecessor; not wishing to meet his fate I resigned and headed west. July of ‘73 When the buggy wheel broke in Broken Bow Nebraska I began working as a reporter for the Nebraska Statesman.

In the summer of ‘81 I continued my westward journey. During an exceptionally hard winter- over in ’84 at the trails west junction in the shadow of Scotts Bluff in Nebraska I realized I was more inclined to turn south toward Denver rather than north toward Deadwood. Soon after my arrival in Denver I read the Nugget was looking for reporters for of the mining camps to the south. I hired on for 1 year and was assigned to the mining camp of Brownville to report for the Denver Nugget. I arrived at this desolate outpost in the spring of ’85. In the spring of ’86 I couldn’t pack the buckboard fast enough. I headed south toward the new and expanding area of southern Arizona Territory and Tucson looking for a position on Epitaph.

The one important aspect of me that I cannot yet recall is my Identity. I implore those of you that know my given and sir names please step forward and assist me in this endeavor.

This history of my experience along with the attached photo is enclosed that you may help me find my identity.

CONTEST: The "Publisher’s character"
is to be identified through reader’s input.
Several prizes are available for award.
The winner will be revealed
in the September edition of
the Wild West Gazette.
All prizes will be awarded.

The description of the character and the reason for his memory loss is identified above. The contest is for the reader to name the character. Only legitimate "caricature" names will be accepted for voting. No off color names or insinuations please. The votes will be tallied by the contributors of the prizes. A special prize will be awarded to the most creative scenario for identifying the character.

Submit your suggestions to: Publisher Wild West Gazette, 1955 W Baseline Rd., Ste 113-233, Mesa AZ 85202 - Submissions are also accepted at publisher@wildwestgazette.com . No Phone submissions will be considered. Send in your suggestions, be creative, tell a story of where you saw this person and have fun.

Prizes are:

  • FIRST PLACE - 2 night stay at Bison Ranch

  • SECOND PLACE Dinner & show for Pioneer Pepper & Carefree Resort Stay

  • THIRD PLACE Dinner for 2 @ Rock Springs Café

  • FOURTH PLACE Gift Card From the Satisfied Frog

  • FIFTH PLACE Pies from Rock Springs Café

  • SIXTH PLACE Subscription for Wild West Gazette

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July 5th in Prescott.
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Arizona Duuude Cartoons by Gary Bennett

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The Town Too Tough to Die!

Exciting destinations steeped in Arizona History

Edward Lawrence Shieffelin was born in 1847, died in 1892. In 1877, he intended to go to California and find gold. He did not make it to California. Instead, he became an Indian scout working out of Camp Huachuca. He prospected in his spare time near the San Pedro Valley, Arizona. The specific site of his exploration was a waterless plateau called Goose Flats. The soldiers he scouted for would josh him about his rock hunting; telling him "The only rock you will find out there will be your own tombstone."

Prospecting Goose Flats, Shieffelin discovered a sizable vein of silver. Remembering the jostling he took, he called the mine Tombstone. In 1879, the town of Tombstone was founded. It boomed into a business city and became county seat in 1882.   Story Continues

November 14, 1882
Franklin Leslie kills
Billy "The Kid" Claiborne

On this day, the gunslinger Franklin "Buckskin" Leslie shoots the Billy "The Kid" Claiborne dead in the streets of Tombstone, Arizona. Read all about it Story Continues

            The Elks Opera House Foundation is pleased to announce that “The Elk in the Attic,” a book written for children by local author Christopher E. Hoy, is now available online and at local stores. All proceeds from sales of the book will be used to restore the Elks Opera House. 
Story Continues

   Flagstaff AZ Post Office circa 1860


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North West Arizona was first explored just after the California gold rush as a means of developing a quick route to the gold of California. The first explorer to enter the scene was Captain Lorenzo Sitgraves with his 1851 topographic survey assignment. His survey expedition started at the land of the Zuni (Zuni Pueblo; approximately 100 miles east of current day Holbrook) with these instructions from his superior Colonel J. Albert, Topographic Engineers: "You will therefore go to that place, which will be, in fact, the commencing point of your exploration…" "Pursue the Zuni to it’s junction with the Colorado, determining its course and character… You will then pursue the Colorado to it’s junction with the Gulf of California…" The course taken was very close to present day Interstate 40.

The next exploration of Northern Arizona was by E. F. Beale who arrived at the Zuni Pueblo August 29, 1857 with a caravan of camels for the trek across the northern portion of the new Arizona Territory. Beale believed the camel was the "beast of burden" for the arid region Capt. Sitgraves had crossed 6 years prior. His route was nearly identical to Sitgraves. Both routes trekked through Sunset Crossing (Winslow); Leupp; Flagstaff; Mt Floyd. Kingman and Sitgraves Pass (Oatman).

Following the footsteps of Sitgraves & Beale was John Udall 1858 with a large emigrant train to California. His route was similar to his predecessors. These hardy explorers developed the general route that was to carry our modern "wagons" on Route 66.

Story Continues  


Filaree: A Novel of an American Woman
by Marguerite Noble

This moving novel of pioneer life in Arizona is destined to become a classic. Based on the life of the author's mother, it overturns every stereotype of western womanhood.

o Comes closer to the truth and the validity of the so-called winning of the West than anything I have ever read. It is terrifying, heartbreaking and remarkable. . . . Filaree is also one of the most magnificent portraits of a woman that exists in our literature. - Howard Fast

o I loved Filaree, I didn't just read it, I crawled between the pages and lived it."--Lily Tomlin

o "An extraordinary performance. . . . a powerful antidote to the romantic illusions some people have about ranch people and life on the range. . . . As a writer, Mrs. Noble makes no compromises. She tells her story in plain country American dialect, offers no exaggerated sex or violence, no vulgar talk. She is a realist in the best sense, a breath of fresh air in these free-wheeling times."         --C. L. Sonnichsen

o ". . . an engrossing tale . . . recommended for historical fiction readers." --The Midwest Book Review

o "Filaree . . . celebrates her adaptability and accomplishment. This novel is a spunky commemoration of the stubborn spirit of the frontier to resist, survive, and prevail." --Western American Literature

o "The literature style of Filaree is simple, fitting to the people, time, place." --Library Journal

Note: Marguerite Noble passed away on January 1, 2007.

























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     Ron Hamilton of Hamilton Dry Goods sends this picture of carving on rock. Full story?

Census figures presented in the
Historical Atlas of Arizona
Henry P Walker & Don Bufkin
Tombstone population in 1870 = 0
(Founded in 1878)
Peak population was about 10,000
around 1882-1884 non-census years.
1910   =      1,582
    =          822
   =     1,241
1980  =  1,632

Tombstone the town too tough to die....
Wild West Gazette  January 2007

October 26, 1881- 2007 
126th Anniversary of the
Gunfight at the OK Corral

Yuma Territorial Prison 1875 - 1910                            

The Yuma Territorial Prison was commissioned in 1875 and operated until 1910, when the prisoner built facility at Florence AZ was completed.  Yuma Territorial Prison was dubbed “The Hell Hole”. This nickname was not as well deserved as many desperados would care to have us believe. It was a well operated facility that housed a capacity population of around 200. Throughout the entire operating period Yuma Territorial Prison was at 120 to 130 percent over populated. More Yuma Territorial Prison History 


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Carlos Montezuma  Apache Doctor and Indian Activist

By Howard Herst
 The historical and popular fiction of the ninetieth century southwest is abundant with stories of hostility and savagery of the Apache Indians attacking settlers and travelers on the frontier.  In Arizona and New Mexico, the army maintained an active force in the field to control Indian hostilities by forcing the Apaches to be confined on reservations. 

More of this Carlos Montezuma story Continues


A Fictionalized Version of an Historical Account

By Howard (Gene) Herst 
   Corporal Timothy O’Rielly had been performing sentry duty along the roads, bridges, and pathways outside of Port Royal, Virginia. He would stop travelers, ask their names, where they lived, and their destination. The infantry sentries and cavalry patrols have been out on alert since the night of April 14, 1865; the night President Lincoln was shot by the actor, John Wilkes Booth. The military and Pinkerton agents have been monitoring all the possible routes that Booth and his co-conspirators might travel to escape deep into the ex-confederate states. Given one week’s leave of his duties, O’Rielly, early this morning of April 26, hitched a ride on a wagon heading for town. I about three hours before sunrise, and O’Rielly laying on a sac in the wagon bed, was attempting to doze over the jabbering of the driver, Michael Wilcox, who was expressing  concerns regarding the future treatment of Virginians by them “scalawag carpet-baggers” now that Lincoln was dead. As the mules trudged along a muddy portion of the road, O’Rielly, attempting to cheer up his companion, began reciting a humorous soldier’s jingle,
            “Here I lay me down to sleep
            In mud, that’s many fathoms deep
            If  I’m not here when you awake,         
            Just hunt me up with an oyster rake”

More John Wilkes Booth story Continues







L.C. Herst




   The Code
  of the West

  1. Live each day with courage.
  2. Take pride in your work.
  3. Always finish what you start.
  4. Do what has to be done.
  5. Be tough but fair.
  6. When you make a promise, keep it.
  7. Ride for the brand.
  8. Talk less and say more.
  9. Remember that some things aren't for sale.
  10. Know where to draw the line.


Arizona Rough Riders - from the Marguerite Noble Collection
Stories of Arizona Rough Riders, under the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt, are well known.

On February 25, 1898, the United States declared war on Spain. The call went out for volunteers. In ten days Arizona's quota of 200 men filled, leaving 800 disappointed aspirants behind.

They had the distinction of being the first group of volunteers in the U.S. to mobilize. In Cuba the death of their captain, Buckey O'Neill, of Prescott, had a demoralizing effect on the Arizona men.

Before the Arizona volunteers left the states, the Phoenix Chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic presented them with a flag they had hand sewn. This banner was the first to fly on Cuban soil. It rests in the State Capitol Building - tattered, weather-worn, and carrying three bullet holes.

 They trained in San Antonio. The citizens were tolerant of their antics. William Owens, of Globe, shot out the lights in a street car. No punishment. It earned him the name of Shoot-Em-Up-Bill.

 Horses issued them were not always under control. One man wrote' "some of the damn horses bucked like hell." The cowboys of the regiment earned extra money by breaking the horses for inexperienced troopers at $10 a head.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partnerships.

The Arizona Rough Riders
“The toughest set of men"
On August 19, 2007, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park plays host to history.  northern Arizona’s very own "A" Troop will appear dressed in authentic period dress of the famous Rough Riders, with their ladies, carrying 100 year old weapons for the public’s examination.
The Arizona Rough Riders is a commemorative group that brings the Spanish/American War era (1898) to life for audiences.  The governor of Arizona has given the Arizona Rough Riders a special commission as the "Official Spanish/American War Reenactment Group" for the State of Arizona.  The troop depicted came from Prescott 100 years ago, along with the Flagstaff men who also went to the war in the famous "cowboy cavalry".  The Rough Riders are the most famous of all volunteer unit' in the history of the US Military.
    The Rough Riders were mostly ranchers and cowboys, some 170 men joined from the Arizona Territory, along with a sprinkling of daring aristocrats from the East.  The small northern towns of Arizona, the legendary "A" Troop quickly filled its quota and would soon serve with distinction in the two main battles of the Cuban campaign: the famous charge of the "Rough Riders” up "Kettle Hill" and the heavily defended San Juan Heights. After fighting ended the troop returned home where regiment, “A” Troop disbanded on September 15, 1898.
    With a special commission from the Governor of Arizona, "A" troop again stands ready to serve.  The troop is a ceremonial and re-enactment unit whose purpose is to honor all American War Veterans and to portray, in a historically accurate way, the life, and times of the Arizona Rough Riders.  They will describe the era, the war, and the effects of the war on the community's social mores at turn of the century America.
Arizona State Parks
Celebrating 50 Years, 1957-2007
Proud Past, Bright Future


Contemporary Western and
Historical Subjects by GAIL

A Native of northern Arizona, GAIL sculpts highly detailed subjects living the Western life such as “No Riding Job” which depicts a tired cowboy digging post holes and “Spring Fantasy,” a  cowgirl bathing in a shallow stream.

                   See her work at:
Down the Street Art Gallery -Payson, AZ
Gold Nugget Gallery - Wickenburg, AZ
Myra’s Gallery - Pine, AZ

(928) 474-8182


The Sundown Riders


Not So


Alchesay National Fish Hatchery &
William Hart Alchesay

a forgotten part of arizona history
by Lee Sharpe
 One day we took the turnoff for Alchesay National Fish Hatchery, four miles north of Whiteriver between Mileposts 342 and 343 of AZ 73. A signed paved road heads northeast along Whiteriver a little over 4 miles to the site. Dad wanted to show the kids where all of the fish we had been catching and eating all summer came from. The Hatchery was magical with millions of trout from tadpoles are raised to 6 to 8 inch fish ready to be distributed in the local lakes and rivers.

We were camping along Whiteriver for the summer. Dad went back to Phoenix to work during the week while Mom and the kids stayed in a small trailer in a campground. It was heaven on earth for kids. Dad would return with supplies each Friday and take us on adventures. His knowledge of history meant long talks about the various historical markers, camps and sites.

Alchesay  Hatchery specializes in raising small native, rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout of 6–8 inches. Visitors are welcome to view exhibits and stroll along a self-guided tour on 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Alchesay was the name of a famous Sierra Blanc Apache Indian Scout. Chief (Sgt.) William Hart Alchesay, b. 1853  d. August 6, 1928, served as a Sergeant in Company A, United States Army Indian Scouts in the Wars with the Plains Indians. He was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor for his bravery during the Winter of 1872-1873, in the Tonto Basin Campaigns. His citation reads “Gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches”. One of 14 Native Americans who were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars, Alchesay’s Medal was awarded on April 12, 1875, the result of a personal recommendation from General George Crook.

More Alchesay History   Recent Updates! New information! 


4th Annual National   
Day of the American Cowboy

 July 26th

The National Day of the Cowboy is a day set aside by the United States Senate to pay homage to our Cowboy and Western heritage, as well as to honor working Cowboys and Cowgirls, rodeo athletes, Western musicians, Cowboy poets, Western artists, ranchers, and all others who continue to contribute to the Cowboy and Western culture in America today.

The purpose in supporting the  Cowboy Day  resolution is to encourage recognition and appreciation for all the good that the cowboy represents. By sharing information about the campaign, ceremonies, and celebrations, we hope to ensure that the National Day of the Cowboy achieves the highest possible level of public involvement, awareness, and stature; and is finally passed in perpetuity. 

42nd Annual Cowboy Artists of America
Exhibition & Sale Rides Again

The most anticipated Western American fine art event in the country, is the Phoenix Art Museum’s 42nd Annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition and Sale, will be at the Museum’s Steele Gallery, October 20th, 2007 – November 18th, 2007. The 42nd Annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition and Sale presents a depiction of the West only the members of Cowboy Artists of America can capture with such realistic skill and spirit. It is presented each year by Phoenix Art Museum’s Men’s Arts Council, and the Sale has become one of the Museum’s most successful fundraising events.
 For more information about Phoenix Art Museum’s Men’s Arts Council, call (602) 307-2060 or visit online at
www.mensartscouncil.com . For more information about Phoenix Art Museum, visit its Web site at www.PhxArt.org , or call the 24-hour information line at (602) 257-1222.

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