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    Default 13,000 G D sheep on an Arizona cattle ranch.

    The real history of ranching in Arizona begins with the Gadsden purchase, 1854. Earlier efforts by the Spanish & Mexicans had failed due to persistent Apache depredations. The Americans came & stayed & died & still came & stayed.

    D A Sanford had one of the biggest cattle operations in southern Arizona, even being written up in the NY Times in 1890. He built his ranch on the old Sonoita Spanish land grant.

    D A Sanford, about 1890...

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    John Cady worked for D A Sanford for 17 years but he had done much else. He was introduced to Arizona as a soldier at Ft Buchanan & stayed. He had been a Saloon & dancehall owner, cowboy, farmer, hotelier, freighter, real estate speculator & participant in the Camp Grant massacre.

    John Cady, on the Sonoita, 1913...

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    Ruins of the Sanford homestead, on Sonoita creek...

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    Sanford butte in background...

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    Do you have an approximate date for those photos? Interesting stuff.

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    John Cady never flinched from his duties, not even when he wanted to...

    Cady's words, "To make hundereds of implacable enemies at one stroke is something any man would be very naturally hesitant to do but I did just that about a year after I commenced working for D A Sanford. The explanation of that lies in one word, SHEEP!" In 1881 Cady closed out the Sanford cattle & became a shepheard to a flock of 13,000 woolies.

    Cady, "In spite of the opposition of the cattlemen I made the sheep business a paying one for Mr Sanford, clearing about $17,000 at the end of three years."

    Sanford ruins...

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    D A Sanford left Arizona a rich man & retired to Washington D C.

    John Cady remained on the Sonoita & became a prominent resident of the new town of Patagonia. He built the finest hotel there which included a dance floor & skating rink.

    Cadys hotel, now the public library, about 1910...

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    Cady @ the Ward homestead, 1913...
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    Great pics. Someone posted where one could go to shrink pics to fit on this site. I will be out this wk'nd and will have a few and would like to give you guys from AZ a run for your money. Nevada has the places to be also.

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    Fantastic pics Vulture and a great history! So much in Santa Cruz County isn't there? Thanks for bringing this back from the lost!
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    Really great pics. Thanks for sharing.....Speedy

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