Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

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Going home

Posted by dirtrider on May 12, 2017 at 6:37am — 3 Comments


Posted by dirtrider on April 5, 2017 at 6:37am — 1 Comment

New Western on TV

Posted by Carbine on March 17, 2017 at 8:42pm — 1 Comment

Still here, after all these years.......

Posted by Carbine on March 10, 2017 at 10:10pm — 1 Comment

In the shadow of mighty men

Posted by dirtrider on February 15, 2017 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment


MIlt 5 Replies

Well, folks, I don't know whether this is the right place to post this or not. If not, feel free to copy it and paste it anywhere that you know of folks who care for this good man. Milt is in the hospital. I don't know the absolutes of it, and…Continue

Started by Daniel Baker in Today in Western History. Last reply by Carbine Jul 15, 2017.

Best Cavalry Movie 3 Replies

What's the best Cavalry movie? I can name several just for starters-not necessarily in order;She Wore a Yellow Ribbon; Directed by John Ford, starring John WayneFort Apache; Directed by John Ford, Starring Henry Fonda, John Wayne & Maureen…Continue

Started by Carbine in Western Saga. Last reply by dirtrider May 6, 2017.

Bose Ickard, cowboy supreme

Bose Ikard was born a slave in…Continue

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga Apr 21, 2017.

CLAY ALLISON, a shootist

CLAY ALLISON, a shootistRobert Clay Allison, known as "Clay", was born September 2, 1840, with a clubfoot.  He was  the fourth of nine children of John and Nancy (Lemmond) Allison. His father, a Presbyterian minister, also worked in the cattle and…Continue

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga Apr 20, 2017.

Picnic Season in The Old West 1 Reply

Spring is in the air alas. Now some of us can shake off the affects of cabin fever and head for the great outdoors and have a splendid picnic to celebrate. Fire up the grill, breakout the fiddles, dance a little jig and toss some horseshoes. If your…Continue

Started by Carbine in Mountain Men and Early Pioneers. Last reply by dirtrider Apr 9, 2017.

Black Jack Ketchum

Thomas Edward Ketchum was born on October 31,1863 in San Saba County, Texas, son of Green Berry Sr.Ketchum and Temperance Katherine Wydick Ketchum. Thomas Edward Ketchum had four siblings two brothers and two sisters His father died when he was only…Continue

Started by dirtrider in Outlaws and villians Apr 7, 2017.

The Cutthroat Gap Kiowa Massacre

Scattered bands of Kiowa, about 2,000 people gathered in a large camp at the mouth of Rainey Mountain Creek near present day Mountain View in the late spring of 1833. Islandman A'd'ate was Principle Chief of the Kiowa. He called them together to…Continue

Started by dirtrider in American Indian Apr 6, 2017.

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