Joyce Aros came to Tombstone several times as a teenager back in the 1950's. Much of Allen street was boarded up and Boothill was a windswept and neglected old cemetery; no fence, no buildings, and few graves still marked with rusty pipes that had worn and dried up pieces of wood wired to them. But it haunted anyone who saw it and beckoned them to return and seek out the stories that were buried there.
Back in Canada, Joyce read everything she could about Tombstone and it's fascinating people. Not only the Earps and Doc Holliday, but so many more. But it soon became apparent that much of it was fiction. The Earp brothers were too good to be true and the cowboys were shadowy figures with no identity.
Years later, after relocating to Tucson, Arizona, Joyce married a working cowboy, one of the last of the old time Vaqueros in the area, and got to know a lot of people who still lived a frontier type life. These people were still pioneering in so many ways and still adhered to the old way of living with the land.
Joyce's interest in the characters of the Cochise county exploits was set aside for a few years to raise seven children. But once that was done, it was time to seriously look into the history and find out who really were these men and women of a long time ago.
Not surprisingly, they turned out to be far more interesting than even she imagined. The results were several series of articles in defense of the ranchers and cowboys of Cochise county, and a continuing search for the true account of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral, as it has been referred to.
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Hope and Hardship; A Wagon Train Story
by Joyce Aros
Looking out over the sea of faces their expressions reflected hope along with anxiety. Wagon-master Jonah had to be able to evaluate the men and families that would be driving their teams across rugged and often hostile country in their quest to settle on the new frontier. Men, women and children would depend on him to guide them to the Willamette Valley, over 2000 miles away. Westward Ho!
The Cochise County Cowboys - Who Were These Men?
by Joyce Aros
Joyce Aros combines her considerable artistic skill with careful research plus a fair amount of intuition, thus giving us a new and refreshing look at a variety of Cochise County "cowboy" characters associated with stories about Tombstone Arizona and the Earps.
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