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There's Something About Cave Creek
by Gene K. Garrison
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Release Date: 06/20/06
Genre: Humor
Pages: 167
Publisher: Lulu Publishing
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Print 978-1-4303-0982-6 18.20
Author Page: Gene K. Garrison
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Cave Creek is a small community north of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. In the 1970s when my husband and I moved there because I had a job as script supervisor's assistant on the New Dick Van Dyke Show, I discovered interesting characters galore. Even Harold's Cave Creek Corral had a personality of it's own, as did its owners. Jim Hardy was born in Phoenix in 1875 (not a typo) and died when he was 103. A lot happened to him between those years — he survived the Spanish-American War, World War I, mine explosions, numerous injuries, gunshot wounds, prospecting and rodeoing. I first interviewed him when he was 97, and went to his 101st birthday party. Even though he wore thick glasses and squealing hearing aids his memory was remarkable, as was his adventurous life. George Mileham was a real cowboy — tough as nails, determined, and very good at what he did for a living. He wasn't chatty, but the strong silent type. He worked at several local ranches doing the dirty work — the roundups, brandings, building fences. You knew you were in the living room of a cowboy when you saw the deer-heads mounted on the wall. There were two of them with antlers intertwined. "They died fightin', " George explained, then handed me a rifle. "They're loaded. If you've got an empty gun, you might as well have a stick. This is a forty-four." What does a woman do when a man hands her a loaded rifle? She holds it very carefully, looks it over, then gingerly returns it. Strong women made an imprint on the community. ErnaMarie (also not a typo) did whatever it took to get along, from washing dishes to upholstering furniture to running parades and designing Western clothing. She also smoked a pipe. It became her trademark. O K Charlie definitely was a character. A little man, he looked the part of the prospector he claimed to be. He also claimed to be an artist, and was upset when visiting artists came to town and got plenty of publicity, but he didn't. There aren't many of his paintings around because he traded or sold them at a local bar for booze money. He didn't even sign them. Forgot, I guess. Another outstanding character was Leadpipe, a squatter. "Ain't nobody has to tell a squatter where to squat." He had a very colorful life, so colorful, in fact, that he had lots of friends who visited him at his place beside the County Dump. These people and others that I have written about attracted the attention of Herb Cohen. He said he was an amateur photographer, but in my book, he's a professional. Look at the credits in the Cave Creek book, and you'll see who's the pro. He made friends of his subjects, as I did, and had his own experiences with them, all good.
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