Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Annual Big Arsenic Fishing Contest!

Fishing Calaveras by Jose Pulido
(Santa Fe New Mexican) In this novel by Taos author John Nichols (The Milagro Beanfield War), three men with enormous personalities meet each fall to fly-fish on the Río Grande while drinking to excess and “playing the dozens” — a form of derogatory conversation that involves ripping apart one another’s characters and literary talents — or lack thereof. Continued

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Decisions, decisions ...

Sul Ross

(Texas Ranger Hall of Fame) Lawrence Sullivan Ross was born September 27, 1838 at Bentonsport, Iowa Territory. In 1839 his family migrated to Texas, first settling in Milam County. By 1849 the family had settled at Waco. Sul Ross attended Baylor University at Independence, Texas and graduated from Wesleyan University, Florence, Alabama in 1859.
... Ross joined the Texas Rangers in 1860, first serving as a lieutenant and later as a captain. He was empowered by Sam Houston to raise a company of men to serve in Young County and the surrounding area. He showed the same skill and courage as a Ranger captain as he had shown earlier with the army. In December of 1860 he and his company pursued a Comanche raiding party that ended in the battle of Pease River in which Cynthia Ann Parker, who had been captured by the Comanche some 20 years earlier, was rescued. Continued

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Adventures of a teenage traveling bookseller

(Santa Fe New Mexican) It is not clear at what date the first drummers, or traveling salesmen, appeared in New Mexico. The earliest specimens of the trade came from the East, initially on stagecoaches by way of the Santa Fe Trail. After 1880, they traveled in relative comfort on the newly opened Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. Continued

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fred Waite

(Wikipedia) Fred Waite, born Frederick Tecumseh Waite (occasionally spelled Fred Wayte) (September 23, 1853 – September 24, 1895), was a Chickasaw cowboy who joined Billy the Kid's gang. He left the gang to return to his people.
With the Chickasaw Nation, Waite served as a leading politician before his death at the age 42. He died shortly before he was to start serving as Governor of the Chickasaw. Continued

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cotton Warehouse, Littlefield, Texas

William Walters

(Wikipedia) William Walters, also known as "Bronco Bill" (1869 - 1933?) was an outlaw during the closing days of the Old West. He is best known for the legend of his "lost treasure", allegedly located in the area of Solomonville, Arizona.
Bill Walters was born in Fort Sill, in Oklahoma Territory. He worked most of his youth as a cowboy, then began working for the Santa Fe Railroad as a section hand. Shortly after becoming employed by the railroad, Walters became involved in train robberies and the robberies of stagecoaches.
He began riding with the Black Jack Ketchum Gang around 1893, where he is believed to have committed at least two murders. He soon coaxed some of the gang members to leave with him, and form their own gang concentrating on the robbery of Wells Fargo shipments. It would be in this endeavor that he saw his greatest success. Continued

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mother Road revival: Cars, motorcycles, neon abound in Route 66 exhibit

Motorcyclists pass an old Whiting Brothers gas station along Route 66 in Tucumcari.
(Albuquerque Journal) Gosh, golly, gee whiz and 23 skidoo, the Albuquerque Museum showcases an American icon that was born in 1926 and died in 1985, only to be resurrected as a national treasure now 90 years old.
Yes, friends, I am referring to “Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road,” an extravaganza of excess Americana, the whole kitsch and caboodle of the western migration, including antique cars, motorcycles, souvenirs, fictitious and real Indian lore and enough neon to placate the most ardent Nikola Tesla fan. Continued

Reies Tijerina

(Wikipedia) Reies Lopez Tijerina (September 21, 1926 – January 19, 2015) led a struggle in the 1960s and 1970s to restore New Mexican land grants to the descendants of their Spanish colonial and Mexican owners.
As a vocal spokesman for the rights of Hispanics and Mexican Americans, he became a major figure of the early Chicano Movement ... Continued