Cave Creek, Scottsdale in showdown over "Best of the West" bragging rights


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on September 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 6:33 AM

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. -- In a modern-day showdown over bragging rights and branding, the City of Scottsdale, and the Town of Cave Creek are both laying claim to the slogan "The West's Most Western Town."

Scottsdale created the title nearly 70 years ago, and it's printed on the city seal.

But Monday night, the Cave Creek Town Council passed a resolution, challenging Scottsdale's ownership of the slogan.

"[Scottsdale's] been infiltrated. Doggone hippies," laughed Larry Wendt, the owner of Cave Creek's Buffalo Chip Saloon.

"They're not authentic. All those rubber hatchet stores, selling fake Indian artifacts made in China," he added.

"Scottsdale is more South Beach of the Southwest and they're proud of it. That's fine, but let the western title go to community which truly is the West's Most Western Town," said Cave Creek Town Manager Rodney Glassman.

Scottsdale is not willing to give its slogan up. "Our brand is not for sale," Scottsdale Council Member Dennis Robbins told 3TV. "We still shovel more manure in Scottsdale than anywhere else in the state,'' he added.

Scottsdale sent mounted police officers to the council meeting Monday, where they were met with a buffalo, brought by a local cowboy. After a brief, friendly standoff, the Scottsdale faction was allowed inside to defend the city's title.

While the stunt was all in good fun, Cave Creek is serious about taking over the title. The council proposed settling the war of western words at the Wild West Days in November, where city officials from Scottsdale and Cave Creek would compete against each other in bull-riding and other cowboy-themed contests.