Borderland Chronicles

Memorable stories of people and happenings written by Douglas historian Cindy Hayostek. 

​As a historian, I call Borderland Chronicles a series of monographs because it’s meticulously cited history. I hope the folks who’ve subscribed for 15 years will call it good storytelling. Blending those three things is easy because the geography and history of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora is unique. My hometown is unlike any other place on the Mexican-American border because its geographical setting and history are unlike any other place.


I want to keep telling stories about this part of the world because they include a Douglas woman who became the first person in America who retained custody of her children even after her husband divorced her because she was a polio victim confined in an iron lung.


I want to tell the story of how southern California came to have natural gas because of one Douglas man who was far-sighted enough to take a gamble on a small company struggling in the depths of the Great Depression.


I think you’ll enjoy reading these stories in future issues of Borderland Chronicles. 

- Cindy Hayostek

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Issue Number
Born in Douglas: Stan Jones "Ghost Riders"
It's difficult to believe that the classic Western song "Riders in the Sky," with its imagery of hard-ridin' ghostboys rounding up unearthly cattle, had its beginnings with an animal as mundane as the burr. But that's the case. And it's hard to believe that the story behind the song isn't a cliche, since it involves a fatherless boy befriended by an eccentric character who inspired the youngster to achieve things the boy ...
No. 2
Alice Gatliff, Forgotten Woman of the of the Mexican Revolution
Alice Gatliff lived a life full on contrasts, and so she was quite at home on the Mexican-American border. She was a good Mormon who kept a saloon. She was a canny merchant known for her charity. She was a conselor and friend of Mexican presidents Plutarco Elias Calles and Alvaro Obregon, yet today she is the forgotten woman of Mexican Revolution.
No. 1