Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

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BASS REEVES, BRAVEST OF ALL DEPUTY MARSHALLS

It is thought he was born in Texas or Arkansas in 1838. Bass Reeves was born a slave in July 1838. His owners, the William S. Reeves family…

Started by dirtrider in Lawmen of the West

0 Mar 10, 2017

Patrick Floyd Garrett (1850-1908)

He moved to Dallas County, Texas at the age of 19. There, he worked on the large LS Ranch in west as a cowboy and cattle gunman when rustl…

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0 Mar 7, 2017

BILL ANDERSON--a short bio

William Anderson was born in 1839, in Kentucky and grew up in Randolph County, Missouri. In 1857, he, his brother, and three sisters moved…

Started by dirtrider in Outlaws and villians

0 Mar 7, 2017

Hat Creek Station

"Old" Hat Creek Station, approx. 1880. The Old Hat Creek Station and Fort, established in 1875 by Capt. James Egan, was located north of t…

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga

0 Mar 7, 2017

TIP TOP MINE, AZ

A couple of prospectors who in 1875 had made a cleanup of placer gold in a desert wash punched their burros into Prescott and, forgetting t…

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga

0 Feb 17, 2017

RANGERS INVADE MEXICO

Texas Ranger Major John S. Ford engaged the Mexican guerilla, Cortina on February 9, 1859.   A brief fight had claimed the life of a Texas…

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga

0 Feb 12, 2017

BLACKHAWK AND THE BATTLE OF THE SINKHOLE

North of Monroe Missouri, about a mile, occurred a rather unusual strategy, employed be the defenders of the fort that was once there. Her…

Started by dirtrider in American Indian

0 Feb 8, 2017

Luke Short/Jim Courtwright gunfight

On February 8,1887, in Fort Worth, Texas, Luke Short, and Bat Masterson, confronted gunfighter Longhaired Jim Courtwright who had made thr…

Started by dirtrider in Today in Western History

0 Feb 8, 2017

DALTONS' FIRST TRAIN ROBBERY

It was near Alila, California, on Feb. 6, 1891 that the Dalton Gang commited their first big crime.  a train robbery.  It was a train robbe…

Started by dirtrider in Outlaws and villians

0 Feb 6, 2017

Grierson's raid in central Mississippi

Beginning on or near April 22, 1863, Colonel Benjamin Grierson's troops brought destruction to central Mississippi on a two-week raid alon…

Started by dirtrider in Civil War Tales

1 Feb 3, 2017
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