Dec 302011

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Historical Society

These Hashknife Cowboys, pictured in Holbrook circa 1900, are part of the early association of the Hashknife brand, when the infamous “Hashknife outfit” was known for its 60,000 head of cattle and “the unsavory reputation of having ‘the thievinist, fightinest’ bunch of cowboys in the United States,” as once reported by Frazier Hunt. In 1955, the brand was adopted by the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff’s Posse, which was organized primarily as a search and rescue organization, but has become known for its annual run from Holbrook to Scottsdale known as the Hashknife Pony Express Ride.