COWTOWN, Arizona — More than 40 years ago, a true American cowboy made a big move to Arizona.
Edward Brooks also known as Ed Keelocko made his stamp in the Grand Canyon state.
"I know my father is well loved, he is well loved and is satisfied, " said Ed's daughter Gail.
A cattle farmer who faced discrimination was once told to build his farm, because no-one would buy cattle from an African America. So, Keelocko did just that
On his ranch, anyone was welcome, whether you were a local or a tourist, if you made the trip down the distant dirt road it was your oasis too.
"He saw all the wrong ways to handle it, everything was fighting, arguing, war, that's not the answer, " said Ed's grand-daughter Attice Westbrook. "The answer is love and he created this place he wanted to show that."
Loved ones gathered at his ranch in Cowtown for his memorial on Saturday. While his family says the ranch will continue to welcome anyone with open arms, his secluded soon needs some major spit shine.
"We want to continue his legacy, we want everyone to know this place is going to live on forever," Westbrook said.
To help build the walls back up and fix the roof, the family has created a GoFundMe to help a new generation live out the experience in the real wild west.