The Pleasant Valley War


An End To The Graham-Tewksbury Feud


Episode 439 looks into one of the great family and land feuds of the Old West, the classic squabble between the sheep herders and cattle ranchers. Oddly, the best descriptions of the central event comes from a preliminary hearing for one of the accused. By the time the incident got to an actual trial, the newspapers seemed to have lost interest. Good story though, with good reliable tropes, including one of my favorites, what I like to call “courtroom shenanigans.”


Culled from the historic pages of the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Weekly Star, and other newspapers of the era.


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