Sunday, August 21, 2016

Have you seen Billy the Kid’s suspenders?

(Santa Fe New Mexican) ... Now the search is on for a pair of suspenders some experts believe the Kid, also known as William H. Bonney, was wearing in 1878 when he allegedly posed on a rock in New Mexico with one pistol in his right hand and another in a holster. When the albumen print surfaced this year, it was known as Two Gun Billy. Continued

Lawrence Massacre

Painting by Joe Coleman
(Wikipedia) The Lawrence massacre, also known as Quantrill's raid, was a rebel guerrilla attack during the American Civil War by Quantrill's Raiders, led by William Quantrill, on the Union town of Lawrence, Kansas. The attack on August 21, 1863 targeted Lawrence due to the town's long support of abolition and its reputation as a center for Jayhawkers and Redlegs, which were free-state militia and vigilante groups known for attacking and destroying farms and plantations in Missouri's pro-slavery western counties. Continued

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Llano Estacado: Northwest Escarpment

The Llano Estacado is a mesa, a 35,000 square mile mesa, but a mesa nonetheless. The sides of this mesa, known as the escarpment, are huge and go on for hundreds of miles, and they are something to see. It's not only beautiful, it gives those living on top of the mesa, over a million of them, some relief from their very flat surroundings. The escarpment is not hard to find, simply drive east, west, or north, (the Llano just kind of peters out to the south), and eventually you'll find it.

This ‘Old House’

(Clovis News Journal) An old one-bedroom home with rusted appliances and no indoor plumbing may not be worth much in today’s housing market. But this is a historical treasure to some.
One of the attractions at the Curry County Fair happens to be tucked away among the trees, nestled at the edge of the fairgrounds. The peeling, white exterior contains an antique showcase of Curry County history and tells a story of what the High Plains Historical Foundation calls “the oldest house in Clovis.” Continued

Friday, August 19, 2016

John Wesley Hardin

(Wikipedia) John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American Old West outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon. From an early age, Hardin often got himself in trouble with the law. Pursued by lawmen for most of his life, he was finally sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder in 1877. When he was sentenced, Hardin claimed to have killed 42 men but newspapers of the day attributed only 27 murders to him. While in prison, Hardin wrote a biased autobiography and studied law. He was released in 1894. In August 1895, Hardin was shot to death by Constable John Selman, Sr. in an El Paso saloon. Continued