Sunday, February 25, 2018

Colt patents the "gun that won the West"

(Texas Day by Day) ... The Texas Rangers gave the Colt revolver its reputation as a weapon ideally suited for mounted combat.
Frederick Law Olmsted remarked that "there were probably as many revolvers in Texas as there were males." Continued

Rock Island Railroad viewed from Route 66

A defunct railway next to an abandoned highway

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Tankhouses, Mosquero,
New Mexico
(Sixgun Siding)
(Encyclopedia of the Great Plains) Tankhouses are outbuildings constructed to provide water storage for domestic consumption and to insure dependable water pressure.
The basic design is simple and straightforward– a large water tank (2,000 to 3,000 gallons) sits on an elevated platform some twenty to forty feet in height. Usually both the tank and the tower structure are enclosed. The area inside the tower is used for a workshop or storage or occasionally as a dwelling area.
Wood is used most frequently in the construction of a tankhouse, although in some areas stone, brick, masonry block, or a combination of these materials is employed. Square, straight tower construction is most common in the Great Plains, but tapered towers are found occasionally, and in Nebraska circular towers occur in some counties. Continued

Zimmermann Telegram

Library of Congress
(Wikipedia) The Zimmermann Telegram (or Zimmermann Note or Zimmerman Cable) was a secret diplomatic communication issued from the German Foreign Office in January 1917 that proposed a military alliance between Germany and Mexico in the prior event of the United States entering World War I against Germany. Mexico would recover Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. The proposal was intercepted and decoded by British intelligence.
Revelation of the contents enraged American public opinion, especially after the German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann publicly admitted the telegram was genuine on March 3, and helped generate support for the United States declaration of war on Germany in April.
The decryption was described as the most significant intelligence triumph for Britain during World War I, and one of the earliest occasions on which a piece of signals intelligence influenced world events. Continued

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Battle of Buena Vista

The Battle of Buena Vista (February 22 – February 23, 1847), also known as the Battle of Angostura, saw the United States Army use artillery to repulse the much larger Mexican Army in the Mexican–American War.
Buena Vista, a village in the state of Coahuila, is seven miles (12 km) south of Saltillo, in Mexico. Continued

Mountainair Mural

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Texas Cattle Drives

(True West) Although there were cattle drives prior to the Civil War their heyday came in the years that followed.
The war had pretty much depleted the beef supply in the East and when the Texans returned home in 1865 they found thousands of longhorns running free.
A way needed to be found to bring the two together. At the same time the Kansas and Pacific Railroad was building west towards Abilene. Continued

The Man Behind the Voice

(ROUTE) ROUTE Magazine caught up with bestselling author and Route 66 ambassador, Michael Wallis, who shared on his enviable career as a writer, his famous book Route 66: The Mother Road, and his favorite places and people along the iconic highway.
A well-respected and known persona on the Route, Wallis reveals some things that even those who know him best may be surprised to learn. Continued

Window Frame

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

'A successful run' for Route 66 Air Tour

(Quay County Sun) ... The Air Tour kicked off Saturday with the 24 pilots departing Tucumcari with scheduled landings at airports in Santa Rosa, Las Vegas, Moriarty, and Grants before ending at Winslow.
The tour commemorated both the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Route 66 in New Mexico, and Gov. Susana Martinez's proclamation of February as Aviation Appreciation Month.
The Air Tour was organized by Chapter 179 of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Albuquerque, with the assistance of the Aviation Division of the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the New Mexico Pilots Association. Continued

Twist Junction gets a Third Name

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1902, Dalhart became the county seat of Dallam County. The name is a combination of the names Dallam and Hartley.
The original settlement began where the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad crossed the tracks of the Fort Worth and Denver line, on the boundary between Dallam and Hartley counties. Continued

Approaching Willard