Feb 252011

Photo courtesy of the Old Trails Museum

In the winter of 1918, a young woman by the name of Olive Van Zoast arrived in Winslow from a farm in South Dakota. She had been hired and trained by the Fred Harvey Company to be a waitress and her first assignment was in the booming town of Winslow. She eventually built her own ranch south of town and supplied it with livestock that she rustled from neighboring ranchers. Known locally as Cecil Creswell, she took her place as one of the most notable characters in the history of Northern Arizona. She died in 1954 at the age of 52, possibly the only woman cattle rustler in the state. For more information on Winslow’s rich history, visit www.oldtrailsmuseum.org.