Saturday, December 3, 2016

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners

(NYTimes) Have you ever dreamed of getting hired as an extra on “Downton Abbey”?
Did you grow up coveting the bonnets on “Little House on the Prairie”?
Do you fantasize about the good old days when your gentleman caller would have serenaded you instead of sexting you?
Be careful what you wish for, Therese Oneill warns in “Unmentionable.” Continued

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Building Your Western Library: Cattle Drives

(True West) Gary and Margaret Kraisinger’s years-long passion has been to study and share with others the fascinating history of cattle-driving from Texas to all points north. To them, this short-lived endeavor of cowboy outfits driving herds of longhorns to an outlet, stopping along the way at cattle towns, encompasses the Old West in its purest form. The task of pushing Texas cattle to a northern destination ended in 1897, but through the years the heritage of that industry continues to be retold again and again through movies, re-enactments, novels and nonfictional accounts such as in their upcoming 2017 book, The Shawnee-Arbuckle Trail, 1867-1870, The Predecessor of the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas. Continued

Warehouses: Tulia, TX

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jimmy Bowen

(Wikipedia) James Albert "Jimmy" Bowen (born November 30, 1937) is an American record producer and former pop music performer. Bowen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and holds an MBA with honors from Belmont University.
... Bowen was born in Santa Rita, New Mexico. His family moved to Dumas, Texas, when he was eight years old.
Bowen began as a teenage recording star in 1957 with "I'm Stickin' With You". The song started as the flip side of the hit record "Party Doll" by Buddy Knox (written by Knox and Bowen), but ultimately hit the charts on its own, peaking at No. 14 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Bowen's version sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record. Continued

Garage: Bellview, NM

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sand Creek massacre

Black Kettle
(Wikipedia) The Sand Creek massacre (also known as the Chivington massacre, the Battle of Sand Creek or the massacre of Cheyenne Indians) was a massacre in the American Indian Wars that occurred on November 29, 1864, when a 675-man force of Colorado U.S. Volunteer Cavalry attacked and destroyed a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho in southeastern Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 70–163 Native Americans, about two-thirds of whom were women and children.
The location has been designated the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and is administered by the National Park Service. Continued

"The Last of the Train Robbers"

Marker is a few miles south of Tucumcari on Route 209. It reads: "The last of the train robbers, Black Jack Ketchum, who terrorized the railroads in the 1880s, killed two men near this spot and hid out in a cave near Saddleback Mesa to the Southwest. The swarthy bandit was wounded in his last robbery and hanged in 1901."

Monday, November 28, 2016

Battle of Cane Hill

"Fighting Joe" Shelby
(Wikipedia) The Battle of Cane Hill was fought during the American Civil War on November 28, 1862 in Washington County, Arkansas. Union troops under Brig. Gen. James G. Blunt drove Confederates under Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke back into the Boston Mountains in northwestern Arkansas. The Battle of Cane Hill was part of a Confederate attempt to drive the Union forces back into Missouri and recapture ground lost during the Pea Ridge campaign of early 1862, when Union forces had secured parts of northern Arkansas. Now, Confederate General Thomas C. Hindman moved his army of 11,000 soldiers into Fort Smith, Arkansas, and prepared to move across the Boston Mountains into the extreme northwestern corner of the state. Continued

Country Churches: Las Vegas, NM

Well, it looks like a church, maybe it was a school. Either way, it sits between the train station and Hotel Castaneda.