Saving Luke Short’s Hotel

OWS_kathleen-holt_cimmaron-hotel-preservationistKathleen Holt would like to say that she skateboarded in front of the 1886 hotel, as she was growing up in Cimarron, Kansas, some 50 years ago, and dreamed of owning the precious place where, as she puts it, “cowboys went to get the heck out of Dodge.”

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Wild Bill’s Last Fight

classicgunfightsOctober 5, 1871

The summer cattle season is all but over, and Marshal Wild Bill Hickok has kept the peace in Abilene, Kansas—not an easy job. The last marshal, legendary Thomas J. Smith, was killed in the line of duty.

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Genuine Cowboys Captured Alive

cowboy-photosThe cowboy is the most popular American folk hero, readily recognized all around the world.

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State of the Union

iconsThey’re larger than life, these men and women of the Old West who are part of America’s history and its legacy.

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Capturing Protectors of Peace

lawmen-photoMany deserving Old West lawmen have not received their due in history.

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The Saint of Stillwater Prison

saintThe closest the surviving Younger brothers ever got to heaven was a prison guard who may be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Rare Images of the Old West

photography_daguerreotype_old_west_curly_custer_crow_scoutPhotography became available just in time to capture most of the Westward movement of our nation.

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Hardy as Bears

hardy-as-bearsThe first white men in the Rocky Mountains were trappers who became known as Mountain Men, arriving decades before Lewis and Clark.

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In the Eye of the Beholder

photo-sleuths-belle-starrWe’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. But in the case of the purported tintype of Belle Starr, which sold for $7,000 during Brian Lebel’s 14th Annual Cody Old West Show & Auction on June 26-28, 2003, a picture has generated a thousand words.

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