Old West Saviors

Dirt Floor Paradise

T-Anchor-Ranch_Charles-GoodnightCharles Goodnight—the “Father of the Texas Panhandle”—was not a man who took no for an answer.

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Klondike Kickstarter

Richard-Fike_carriage-clock-klondike-Gold-RushHe was too young to read the message scratched on the back, but four-year-old Richard Fike knew he loved the carriage clock he had found in Alaska while his dad was working on the Alaska Highway in the 1940s.

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The Two-Reel Texas Rascal

ows_frick_john-wayne_alamoWhat comes first to mind when you want to talk Western history? Probably Texas.

Caroline Frick guessed that, even while she was working at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., or at Warner Bros. in Los Angeles, California.

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Keeping the Faith

Mescalero-Reservation-Father-Albert-BraunFather Albert Braun didn’t have much outside his Purple Heart medal when the 30 year old returned from WWI in 1919—$100 in U.S. Army pay, three shovels and a stonemason friend in California—but he believed he had enough to build a majestic church on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico to replace a crumbling adobe structure.

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A Dinner to Remember

Tommy_Delia-Perez_Deming-New-MexicoThe “most memorable dinner party in the Old West” just may be Julius Rosch’s stag dinner in Deming, New Mexico, in 1913.

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East Texas Treasure

ows_Millards-Crossing-Nacogdoches-TX_Mrs-Thomas"You people are crazy.” Those who knew Lera Millard Thomas can still hear her scold the city council of Nacogdoches, Texas, with those words.

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Uptop in the Spanish Peaks

Deb-Lathrop_Sam-Law_uptop-colorado_restored-frontier-townOne day, a dozen years ago, two sisters from New England decided they “never wanted to wear high heels or pantyhose again.” To keep that promise, they traveled an amazing distance, all the way to a Colorado mountaintop.

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Barker’s Riches

OWS_Barkerville-PreservationThey laughed at Billy Barker when he and his crew went off to prospect for gold in the Cariboo region of British Columbia.

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Who is Alice Paul?

joan_molly-butler_greer-az-greer-lodgeJoan Anderson Meacham remembers being “so irritated and angry.” In 1979, the educated, 44 year old serving on the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women in Cape May, New Jersey, got an invitation from the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, prompting her to ask, “Who is Alice Paul?”

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Saving the Wall Street of the West

OWS_Legends-set-photoSay “Stockyards,” and everyone knows that means Fort Worth, Texas. Anyone visiting the city today is struck by how beautifully the historic stockyards have been preserved.

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The Saloon Keeper

Roger-Kislingbury-Saloon-keeperThe cowboys and Indians did not catch five-year-old Roger Kislingbury’s attention in 1949, the year his dad bought an RCA television that allowed him to watch Western shows and movies.

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Spirit Warriors Rise Up

Indian-Memorial-at-Little-Bighorn-Battlefield-National-MonumentThe Little Big Horn battlefield is the site of exquisite tragedy and triumph—depending on whose eyes are watching: tragedy for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and half his 7th Cavalry, who were wiped out there in June 1876; triumph for the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, who won the battle to protect their ancestral lands.

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A Mandan Circle Unbroken

Cory-Spotted-Bear_s-Earth-LodgeCory Spotted Bear is making up for lost time. He learned about the rich heritage of his Mandan people as an adult, and now he’s bringing back a centerpiece of his ancestors: round earth houses.

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Saving Madam Jennie’s Place

mary-willis-and-sally-dryer_Jerome_preservationistsIf the old girl were still around—if Madam Jennie Bauters could see her “crib” and hotel now—she’d probably fan herself with an ostrich feather and say, “Way to go, girls!”

“Jennie’s Place” in Jerome, Arizona, will likely survive another hundred years because of the new life given it by the foresight, endurance and just plain stubbornness of Mary Wills and Sally Dryer.

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The Windsor Widow

Mark Jones_Windsor Hotel renovationMark Jones thought he was having a leisurely haircut in the small Colorado town of Del Norte that he and his wife had chosen for their retirement. It was 1998, and Jones was due for time off after heading the capital facilities department at Stanford University, where he had overseen the restoration of several major buildings.

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The Last Bonanza Farm

OWS_bonaza-farm_virginia-goergerPerhaps the greatest example in the Old West of making lemonade out of lemons is what happened in Dakota Territory in the 1870s.

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Main Street Dreams

Zuni-Creek_-MS-Ceremony_Gov-Quetawki-congratsMain Street has a particular  meaning in America. It’s where everything started, and where great memories still live. For Zuni Gov. Arlen Quetawki, Main Street means new life and opportunities for his tribe.

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The West’s Most Western Town

scottsdale-arizona-postcard-1950In Arizona’s high noon showdown over the brand the “West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia faced off with their hands on their holsters.

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A Bawdy Queen of the Row

Miss-lauras-social-club-fort-smithIn its day, the “queen of the row” cost three times more for a trip upstairs than any other bordello charged in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Miss Laura would collect your $3 and send you on your way.

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Curtis’s Big Dream

zuni-indian-girlsHers is a simple, worn face; mouth and eyes downturned—in sadness, in waiting, in remembrance? That humble portrait of an old woman—Princess Angeline in Seattle, Washington, 1895—launched a nearly 40-year career unparalleled in its importance to the American West.

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Back in the Badlands

sharon-Kilzer-project-manager-north-dakotaHe was a 24-year-old New Yorker who wanted to kill a buffalo.

That’s how Theodore Roosevelt first came to the Medora area of Dakota Territory in 1883.

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