What History Taught Me

Dr. Jeremy Rowe

dr-jeremy-roweI started collecting because I caught the bug—first reacting to the images, then to their context and history, and finally to the process of extracting the embedded stories that they contain.

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Jim Rodgers

Jim-RogersArizona and Western history are synonymous since Arizona was basically the last frontier. The state’s history is rich in Western lore—rich mineral deposits, boomtowns, famous gunfights, ranching, cowboys and the final years of the Indian Wars.

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Kelo Henderson, Actor From 26 Men

Kelo-Henderson_26-menHistory has taught me, via the war, that I am lucky to be alive, and freedom is not free.

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Clu Gulager

Clu-Gulager-as-Billy-The-KidWhen I shot my first episode of The Tall Man, Universal Studios found a wonderful pasture by the freeway, which had dozens and dozens of cars going back and forth, back and forth. They spent a lot of money on cattle. We lost the whole scene—they couldn’t hear one  word that we said. So we lost a big production value with the cattle.

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Robert G. McCubbin, World’s Foremost Old west Photo Collector

bob mccubbinI started collecting because I liked to read and wanted to keep every book and not have to return it to a library. My first book collection was Hardy Boys.

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L.Q. Jones

L-Q-JonesThe Western is a good genre if reasonably done. It’s a morality play, and it went along that way for 100 years. I contributed to its downfall when I made The Wild Bunch. But notice, since we made it, almost all Westerns have gone to ultra-violent.

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Christopher Price, Director of Honey Springs Battlefield

christpher-price_battle-of-honey-springsThe largest Civil War engagement within Indian Territory was the battle at Honey Springs, an important stopping point on the Texas Road, a major route between Kansas and Texas. Indian men fought as members of national regiments (Union and Confederate),

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Brian Lebel, Founder of Old West Show & Auction

WHHTM_Brian-and-Melissa-LebelI collect art because it surprises me. The same painting can look different every day. It’s always changing.

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John Goodwin, Galaxy Press President

john-goodwin-galaxy-press-president_ron-l-hubbardNobody knows that an average of 14,500 Boy Scouts used to earn the Reading Merit Badge every year for the first 100 years of Boy Scouts.  By 2011, it was under 5,900 and dropping. I’m working on a project to improve literacy by getting Boy Scouts to earn the Reading Merit Badge.

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Al Harper, Railroad Owner

Al-Harper-waving-by-Durango-and-Silverton-trainI fell in love with trains when my dad gave my brothers and me a Lionel train set when I was eight.

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Dean Smith, Stuntman

dean-smith-stuntman-john-wayneMy most memorable stunt was jumping over a horse, taking off the rider and slitting his throat.

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Bill O’Neal, Texas State Historian

WHHTM_Bill-O-neal_gunfighterologyGunfighters intrigue me because nothing is more dramatic than life and death conflict, especially when that conflict is carried out by men in big hats and boots, armed with six-shooters and Winchesters.

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Stephen Harrigan, Author

steve-harrigan-writerMy favorite research memory is a tie between waking up in an igloo and being alone in the Alamo at night.

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Mark Lee Gardner, Spur Winner

Mark-Lee-Gardner-and-son-Vance-in-ferrotype-by-Quinn-JacobsonI know someone is into Billy the Kid as soon as they ask me what he was really like, as if I knew him personally.

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Casey Tefertiller, Author

western-writer-Casey-TefertillerWish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what gun Wyatt Earp used in the Gunfight Behind the O.K. Corral.

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Victoria Wilcox, Author

Victoria-Wilcox_Author_trilogy_Southern-SonWhat most don’t know about Doc Holliday is that he didn’t go west for his health. Some report he left Georgia because of a wandering spirit, or, as Bat Masterson wrote in Human Life magazine, because of a quick trigger finger. If he were seeking a health resort, Georgia was full of them, and famous for a few. So something else must have sent him west. Bat’s story seems most likely to me.

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Patrick Hogan, Rock Island Auction Co. President

Patrick Hogan and son Kevin Hogan“If guns could talk” is a popular adage in our business. One that gets pretty close is the Colt Single Action “Couch” gun up for bid at our April 19-21 auction.

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Thomas Brent Smith, Director of Petrie Institute at DAM

Thomas-Brent-SmithWhat most folks don’t know about Maynard Dixon is he spent most of his life and career in the metropolitan art center of San Francisco.

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David Turk, U.S. Marshals Service Historian

david-turk_us-Marshall-historianThe most interesting territorial deputy U.S. marshal is a tie between Bass Reeves and Bill Tilghman. Reeves went from slave to lawman, spending a long, 32-year career with the marshals. Tilghman, although truly exceptional in his duties, never attained the appointed rank of U.S. marshal due to the politics of the era.

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Dave Stamey, Musician

Dave-stamey_western-musicianThe problem with most people today is they are not connected in any real way with their geography. They don’t appreciate where they live; they don’t look up to see the mountains around them, or the plains, or desert.  They have been consumed by the great stripmalling of America.

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Candy Moulton, Executive Director, Western Writers of America

candy moultoWestern-Writer-Girls-Sherry-Monahan-Quackgrass-Sally-Deborah-Morgan-Candy-MoultonWhat nobody knows is that my executive director’s retreat is the homestead cabin my Belgian grandmother first lived in when coming to America. It is a place of family heritage that nurtures my interest in preserving stories of the West.

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