• The Botched Hanging of Bill Longley
    29 Jun 15

    Bill Longley, cold-blooded killer of many men, had a brutal end.  On October 11, 1878 he was hanged for murder in Giddings, TX. But the executioners botched it.

    The gallows was shaky to begin with and Longley feared the steps would collapse as he wa...

  • A Tall Bucking, 1881 Style
    29 Jun 15

    San Simon cowboy Dick Lloyd was well known in southern Arizona for his “tall bucking” (cowboy slang for riding a bronc in high style). Unfortunately, he got drunk in Maxey City (near Safford) in March 1881 and rode his horse into O’Neil and Franklin’...

  • One Useful Rag
    29 Jun 15

    A cowboy in the old west wasn't dressed until he tied on his kerchief. That little piece of cloth had so many uses: A dust mask when herding cattle; protection from sunburn; an earmuff in cold weather; a towel; a hot pad for a campfire pot or brandin...

  • Pearl Hart, Highwaywoman
    26 Jun 15

    In 1898, Pearl Hart was either a cook or a soiled dove (depending on who you believe) in Mammoth Arizona. When the mine closed (or, she got word her mother was sick in Ohio, depending on who you believe), Hart and her boyfriend, Joe Boot (probably an...

  • Beat these Records!
    26 Jun 15

    The best time the young Pony Express riders set was in March of 1861, when they delivered the text of President Lincoln's inaugural speech from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. This trip normally took 10 days, but the boys covered tho...

  • Bawdy House Gals
    26 Jun 15

    The bawdy houses produced a litany of ladies with colorful sobriquets. The tender feelings western men had for these ladies are shown in the nicknames they gave them. Some, like Irish Queen, and Spanish Queen were related to ethnicity.  Rose was a fa...

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True Westerner of 2014

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Chuck Paul always wanted to be a cowboy and, at the very least, this horse owner...

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