by Jonni Hill

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January 29, 2007
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Who's got the water?

It was all about water in the 1800s. Young Tom Rickey, 16, and one of seven children, migrated in 1852 from Dubuque, Iowa, in search of a better life with his parents, William and Liza Jane Brinley Rickey. For Rickey, the understanding of that basic need would mean the difference between making it or losing it in this new land.

It would be that knowledge that would eventually acquire him the title of Cattle King of the West and help build his empire, only to eventually become the catalyst that broke his empire into many pieces.

Thomas Brinley Rickey, born …

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