2023 - Volume #47, Issue #2, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
These Boots Were Made For Stealing
The show may have been a humorous twist on real-life cow thief Crazy Tex Hazelwood during the 1920’s. He was a little smarter and rigged his boots with boards and two hoofs to lead cattle away from Utah Construction Company Ranches in northeast Elko County, Nev. Ranch hands realized that the herd was thinning, two at a time according to the tracks. But they were confused because there were never any human tracks left by a rustler.
Eventually, a couple of hands followed a pair of fresh “cow” tracks and discovered Hazelwood, wearing his hoof boots and leading a cow. According to an article by Howard Hickson for Nevada Magazine, the beef thief bragged that he had practiced taking long strides with the foot-long, 6-in. tall shoes and had been stealing cattle for 6 mos.
After spending a couple of years in prison, Hazelwood moved back to northeast Nevada and “remained a nuisance for several more years.” In 1953, a feuding neighbor shot Hazelwood, 72, who was sitting in his pickup.
The cow rustling boots can be seen at the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, Nev.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, (www.museumelko.org).
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