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Cattle Rancher, Arizona
Photo: William Albert Allard

Henry Gray, Arizona, 1970

Henry ran cattle for 50 years on the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument desert country. He was 72. The government wanted his cattle off the land. As we moved about the house, Henry paused, lost in his thoughts, behind him a 48-star flag.

It always throws me when I see a flag with only 48 stars. It’s hard to believe that our parents and grandparents lived when Hawaii and Alaska were still just territories.

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