July 6, 2010
Talked to my Kingman Cowboy Cousin Billy Hamilton this morning. He just shipped a load of cattle and was getting ready to drive into Kingman to deposit a check. He lives on the Turkey Track Ranch which is near Dolan Springs.
After talking about family, I asked him if he remembers a photo taken at the Kingman Junior Rodeo in 1948. He did. Said he was 12 and loved those old rodeos. Here's the photo:
Ten years later, Billy turned pro and here he is with a certain cartoonist-publisher who is going to write up an editorial on how rodeo runs in the family:
This was taken outside our grandmother's house on Jefferson Street on Hilltop. By 1964 Billy was The World Champion Steer Roper. He bought the Turkey Track Ranch with his winnings.
"Rodeo is number one. It just smells like number two."
—Old Vaquero Saying
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