Little Turtle poses with a figure of slightly greater historical significance (though founding the Turtle Association is not to be sneezed at, of course): Henry Wickenburg, founder of the Vulture Mine and the town of Wickenburg. This statue was sculpted by Clyde Ross Morgan and dedicated in 1998.
Did you guess yesterday’s historical figure? The Girl will be surprised if you did! It’s Everett Bowman. From the plaque:
All-around Champion Cowboy of the World
Years 1935 & 1937
b. July 12, 1899 Hope, NM
d. October 25, 1971 Wickenburg, AZ
Known as the cowboy’s cowboy
Admired and revered by townsfolk
Father and organizer of Turtle Association 1936 which became the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association
1937 Owned Heart Cross Ranch Hillside, AZ
Acquired private plane and license 1939
Took up golf 1947 – hit “hole in one” 1952
Champion mule trainer
Served as Head Wrangler at Flying – E – Ranch Wickenburg, AZ 1960-1962
Thanks for wonderful memories
Flying – E – guests, staff and friends
Funding provided by the Wellik Foundation 2002
Time to play Guess the Historical Figure! Yes, the name of the game keeps changing. No, Little Turtle is not going to bother looking it up. Can you guess who this statue is?
Little Turtle rests in a soft-looking flowering shrub, thankful that the girl has stopped trying to perch him on cactus spines (with limited success). So far, no rattlesnakes, but LT is keeping his ears peeled!
Little Turtle really does not think they should be here. This park does not seem like a safe place, and he thinks they should leave. Immediately, thank you!
Look, Little Turtle found a tortoise friend! (It’s the toes that give her away as a tortoise.) The Girl suspects they are sharing dirty jokes, but of course Little Turtle is so naive about the world that he must not know any. …Right?
Little Turtle made it to Arizona, safe and sound! Unfortunately, The Girl forgot to take her camera off “overcast/cloudy” and set the white balance to “direct sunlight.” Oops! Oh well. The Girl’s grandmother was a gracious (and very sassy) host, and it was lovely to see her again.