Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
|Perhaps Rothstein's most famous photo, and an icon of the Dust Bowl:|
a farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936
Monday, July 16, 2018
(Wikipedia) The Battle of Lincoln, New Mexico, was a five-day-long firefight between civilians that took place from July 15–19, 1878 in Lincoln, New Mexico.
It was the largest armed battle of the Lincoln County War and the climax of that civilian conflict in the New Mexico Territory.
The firefight was interrupted and suppressed by United States Cavalry led by Lt. Col. Nathan Dudley from Fort Stanton. Continued
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Tipped off by a sighting (and a snitch), a seven-man posse out of Cimarron rides to the stronghold and dismounts when campfire smoke is spotted curling up through the trees.
The posse members get into position: three lawmen climb a ridge left of the camp and the other four deploy up the north side of the creek bottom. A half-dressed outlaw, Elzy Lay, comes into their view. With a canteen in his hand, Lay approaches a pool of water in the nearly dry creek bottom. Continued
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Reared and educated on the east coast, Wister first visited the West in 1885. Set in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, The Virginian‘s tender romance between a refined Eastern schoolteacher and a rough-and-tumble cowhand, with its climactic pistol gunfight, introduced themes now standard to the American Western. Continued
Thursday, July 12, 2018
... The Governor of New Mexico, in consultation with President Woodrow Wilson, provided temporary housing for the deportees. A presidential mediation commission investigated the actions, and in its final report, described the deportation as "wholly illegal and without authority in law, either State or Federal." Continued
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
With all having outlaw inclinations, the men soon formed the High Fives Gang, named after a popular card game of the time. Continued
Monday, July 9, 2018
After Santa Fe was secure, Kearny left Doniphan in charge in New Mexico, and departed towards California on September 25, 1846. Doniphan's orders were to wait until General Sterling Price arrived with the Second Missouri Mounted Volunteers, who were coming from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; after they arrived he was to lead them to Chihuahua via El Paso, Texas. They were to link up with the Brigadier General John E. Wool, who was moving southwest from San Antonio, Texas toward Guerrero and Monclova, Coahuila, to attack Monterrey, Nuevo León from the west. Kearny had known that the Navajo people were going on the war path.
With the Spanish gone, the Navajos wanted to test these new American soldiers; hence, as Doniphan waited for Price, the Navajos mounted a raid and kidnapped 20 Mexican families. Continued
Sunday, July 8, 2018
... Born in Lubbock, Texas, Mauldin became the bassist in the group The Crickets, which included Buddy Holly and drummer Jerry Allison and guitarist Niki Sullivan. The first rock band he played in was The Four Teens of Lubbock in 1955.
He appears to have recorded with this group (that included the recording artist Terry Noland) in Dallas, prior to his recording with Buddy Holly in Clovis, NM. Continued
Saturday, July 7, 2018
(True West) The railroad arrived in what became Fairbank in 1881.
It was the closest rail link to the boom town of Tombstone which was at the time one of the largest cities in the West
The train station was the scene of a sensational attempted train robbery on February 15th, 1900 by five outlaws led by Three-Finger Jack Dunlap and Bravo Juan Yoas, all members of the Burt Alvord gang. Continued
Friday, July 6, 2018
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Route 66 to its list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places of 2018. Calling it endangered is a compliment, considering that the government wrote off the highway three decades ago.
Another advocacy group, the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership, is lobbying for a bill in Congress to designate the highway as a national historic trail. Continued