Feb
15
  • Western Outlaw Costume

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    The old west had its fair share of the bad boys or outlaws who rode into town and created havoc among the regular citizens and lawmen of the day. Actually, I read reports that says that Hollywood has made more out of the old west outlaw than what was really common. Sure, there were thieves, gunslingers, cattle rustlers and all sorts of bad types but the crime in the old west was less, much less, frequent than say in Chicago […]

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Feb
8
  • American Old West In Pictures

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    The words American old west most often refer to a period in American history that has become synonymous with legends of gunfights, Indian raids, homesteaders, and saloons. America, west of the Mississippi River, during the era between the late 1860′s and the early 1900′s was all that and more. The magic of the American Old West¬†was sparked by a race between the Government, population, and business. Everyone wanted a piece of the new territories and the opportunities those territories presented […]

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Jan
18
  • Old West Saloon Keeper Costume

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    Just about every town in the west had a saloon and sometimes more than one. In fact many times the saloon was one of the very first businesses to come to town. That was especially true in the Cow Towns of the old west. The cowboys would want a place to relax and have some fun after that long hard ride on the dusty trails that they followed, sometimes for weeks. So, a bartender costume that looks like the western […]

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Jan
4
  • Bill Miner A Real Legend

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    The Gentleman Bandit Old West Legends are rarely seen as anything but rough and tumble types and Bill Miner was no exception. He just had more manners than most. The Gentleman Bandit, or the Gray Fox, is widely believed to be the first criminal to use the now cliche, “Hands Up!” Miner spent a lot of time getting into and out of prisons and jails for his career as a Stagecoach hold up man. He even tried his hand at […]

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Jul
19
  • Trouble At Wounded Knee

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    It has been several decades since I first read about the massacre of American Indians along the creek called Wounded Knee and I have to tell you my heart has always remained heavy over what happened there. My heart is heavy again with a battle that seems to be raging once again in South Dakota over that very piece of land. Maybe I should first tell you what happened back in 1890 then go forward from there. The annals of […]

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Jul
5
  • New Lone Ranger Merchandise

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    With the new release of one of our old favorite fictional legends of the old west, there is some fun merchandise to be had. Of course, I am referring to the release this week of the long awaited Lone Ranger movie from Disney. It stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer playing the masked man. So, if you have seen the movie and loved it or are hoping to see it and love it, some items are being released […]

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Jun
28
  • Artists Of The Old West

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    There were several artists who traveled around the American West painting different Indian tribes. Some became pretty famous and others not so much. One painter that is not so much a household name but painted some incredible scenes is Eanger Irving Couse who is often listed as E. I. Couse. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1866 and began to show an interest at an early age in painting some of the local Chippewa. He studied in New York […]

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May
9
  • Were there black cowboys in the old west?

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    That may sound like a silly question but if you think about it when we picture in our minds the American West, we usually think of Indians, white settlers, outlaws, lawmen and the like. Do you picture black cowboys in that old west? Probably not but they certainly lived and worked there, sure as shootin’ they did. Not all of the settlers of African-American descent worked as cowpokes. Some became farmers, lawmen and miners for gold just like other pioneers. […]

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Jan
15
  • The Mormon Trail Of The Old West

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    There was a trail that many Mormons or members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints used to get to what would later become the state of Utah. The trails was called, most appropriately, the Mormon Trail. Today it is often referred to as the Mormon Pioneer Trail. The pioneers who made this journey followed a trail that was about 1300 miles long beginning at Navuoo, Illinois and ending in modern day Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time […]

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Jan
8
  • Banking In The Old West

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    Contrary to what we have seen in the movies and on television shows the occupation of banking in the American West was not has hazardous as one might imagine. Hollywood almost always gave us at least one bank robbery in the movies giving the impression that robbing a bank was very common place in the Old West. Truth be told a banker rarely had to be worried about a hold-up. Why were the banks not robbed as much as we […]

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Oct
23
  • Belle Starr

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    Outlaws Of The Old West One of the most notorious female outlaws of the Old West just has to be Belle Starr who ran with Jessie James and the Younger Boys. Her given name was Myra Maybelle Shirley before she married Jim Reed in 1886. Her father was an Inn Keeper and owned a livery stable in Carthage, Missouri when May (as she was called by her family) was a young girl. May attended the Carthage Female Academy where she […]

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Oct
16
  • Who Played The Lone Ranger?

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    I am waiting with much anticipation for the release of the new Lone Ranger movie scheduled for July of 2013. I know who played the Lone Ranger on television when I was a kid but I got to wondering who has played the Lone Ranger in other movies in the decades past? And while we are at it…who played Tonto in those films? Well, in the first movie (not a serial but a film) Clayton Moore played the Lone Ranger […]

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Oct
2
  • The Apache Kid Comic Book Legend

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    Old West Fictional Legend From A Comic Book Just wondering how many of my readers remember this series of Comic Books from the 1950s starring The Apache Kid? First published by Atlas Comics the series featured an old west character of fiction that was actually named after a real life Native American. That is sort of where the similarities stopped, though. As far as I can tell there were only 19 issues of comics with the title of Apache Kid. […]

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Sep
27
  • The Chisholm Trail Of The Old West

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    Legendary Trail Of The American West A pretty famous trail in the Old West was the Chisholm trail. It was used in the 1800s to drive cattle overland from the ranches in Texas to the railheads in Kansas. There were feeder trails used by the cowboys that were farther west and most traveled over the land to get to the Chisholm that began at or near the Red River to proceed north. Jesse Chisholm blazed the trail as a way […]

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Sep
25
  • Bill Pickett Rodeo Legend

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    Have You Ever Heard Of Bill Pickett? If you are up on the history of the rodeo you might have heard of Bill Pickett the rodeo legend. But if you don’t follow that cowboy sport, you might not be aware of this amazing man. I know that I was not aware of his story until I started doing some research for another article that I was going to write about when his name cropped up. Bulldogging Have you ever watched […]

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