Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

Carbine's Blog (27)

New Western on TV

I count myself fortunate in having the Encore Western channel. Recently I was privileged to view episodes of the TV Western program "Tales of Wells Fargo." Although not totally true to the Old West record, and the files of Wells, Fargo & Company, I find the programs educational and entertaining. Sure it's old viewing, repeats, to some of you but to me it's all new as I missed this program while I was growing up.

In any case it sure is a lot better than the ton of garbage that is…


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

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

It's good to see members are trickling in by one's and twos. Glad to see some old friends here and am looking forward to meeting new ones. We are a small group, compared to most, who cherish and share history of The Old West as we do our best to keep the legacies, lore and tales of The Old West alive.

It's been a struggle going from the old SOTOW to FB and back to the "new SOTOW" on ning again. It ain't been easy but I, for one, appreciate all of you staying in the saddle and riding…


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

Historic Earp Cabin Destroyed

The massive Blue Cut fire in Cajon Pass, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, California, has scorched at least 37,000 acres and and destroyed 105 homes and 213 out buildings, so far. The fire started Tuesday morning August 16th and quickly grew to over 18,000 acres in less than 24 hours.

Sometime on Thursday it reduced to ashes a cabin that was often used by Virgil Earp while he hunted Deer in the 1880s with his friend Almon Clyde. In 1863 Almon Clyde purchased the 160 acre homestead from…


Added by Carbine on August 20, 2016 at 6:43pm — 1 Comment

Geronimo Speaks.....

"You are the false White-Eye who came to the Chiricahua Reservation a year ago and broke the peace treaty made by the Great Chief (Cochise) and Taglito (Tom Jeffords) and the one-arm general (O.O. Howard). Do not talk to me about breaking treaties-you and your sick brain!"

So said by Geronimo, upon his capture and being put in chains at Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, to John Clum April 21, 1877. Events went down hill for Geronimo after this verbal exchange. It would end with a train ride…


Added by Carbine on July 9, 2016 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

SOTOW Milestone

Seems while we have all been pursuing our studies into the Old West, and historical dates and events of that fond era, we have missed an important event that relates to us all indeed. It was on December 3, 2009 that Gayle Martin brought down the Thunder and created this home for us to partake.

They said SOTOW wouldn't last a week, a month or a year. SOTOW started with 10 charter members on that day and has grown to 70 plus members since then. Of course some have come and gone but we…


Added by Carbine on December 18, 2015 at 6:53pm — 3 Comments


Over here in Southern California, or as we affectionately call it - SOCAL, we are deep in the throes of a four year drought. Brush is tinder dry while fires blaze closing roads and campgrounds over this long Labor Day weekend.

Nearly 30,000 firefighters are battling flames, setting back fires, keeping an eye on "widow makers" and avoiding rolling boulders while protecting lives and property throughout the west. There is no rain in sight at this time but the promise of an El Nino event…


Added by Carbine on September 5, 2015 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Fire in the Pass

Native Americans were the first people who came through the pass centuries ago. They hunted in the area year round and built shelters that became their homes in the warm summer months to escape the valley heat below.

Later Spanish explorers and missionaries followed the Indian trails in search of converts. They were followed by the Mountain Men, most notably Jed Smith in 1826 - 1827, searching for the elusive but lucrative Beaver. Traders and Teamsters from Santa Fe  brought goods…


Added by Carbine on July 18, 2015 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Mounting Up

Putting the "Horse before the Car" here - so to speak....... not that I'm losing any sleep over the issue but is there any reason to why we usually put our left foot in the stirrup, throw our right leg over the saddle, and mount the horse on it's left side? Then we go to get behind the wheel of our vehicles, open the door and first step in with our right foot, and control the beast from the left, drivers, seat?  Is this a American tradition, just coincidence or is there a reason to the…


Added by Carbine on May 1, 2015 at 8:29pm — 4 Comments

Copper Plates

I know this might post date the Old West by a few decades but I think some of you might be interested in knowing about it as it happened just 20 years after Arizona became a state in 1912- it took them that long to convince Washington that most the outlaws had been tamed, jailed  or run out of the territory. Thus for your further  consideration....... 

In 1932 the state of Arizona issued vehicle license plates made of Copper. They did this for a number of reasons including to boost…


Added by Carbine on April 25, 2015 at 5:52pm — 2 Comments

Australian Aboriginals & Native Americans

I recently watched Quigley Down Under. I've been to Australia a few times and found the folks right friendly down under - fact I even had one of the best steaks ever in some restaurant I couldn't now name to save my life (it was 1980 something).

Seems our cultures share a lot in common. They talk about Ned Kelly like we do Jesse James. They raised a bunch of cattle and so many sheep their near impossible to count. I'd wager that they still eat more mutton today then the good Ole US of…


Added by Carbine on April 11, 2015 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Billy's $545,000 Hideout

I just read that a house built in Lincoln, New Mexico in 1878 is for sell. Billy the Kid allegedly hid out in the adobe during his Lincoln County war days. The article doesn't say who built it or who or owned it at the time Billy hid under a bed or climbed into a flour barrel in the kitchen to escape a posse.

Located in Lincoln's historical district one can now buy…


Added by Carbine on February 16, 2015 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

Jim Pettengill's Lake Valley

I just read Jim's fine article, Lake Valley, New Mexico in Wild West magazine. He writes of some choice nuggets dealing with the history of the town that began in 1878 and saw it's last residents depart in 1994. He even mentions the link of the silver town to such notables as Walt Whitman, "Longhair Jim" Courtright, the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 and a rich pocket of horn silver that was dubbed the "Bridal Chamber" - one of the richest pockets of silver ever…


Added by Carbine on November 27, 2014 at 8:43pm — 1 Comment

Daniel Crockett vs Davy Boone?

I know that isn't true to history but neither did Hollywood get it right concerning these popular folk heroes! Both men served in their states General assemblies; Davy Crockett did three terms in Tennessee and Daniel Boone also did three terms in Virginia.

Both were labeled as frontiersmen; Boone is credited as being the founder of Westward expansion and opened the Wilderness Road into Kentucky paving the way for settlement.…


Added by Carbine on September 27, 2014 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Cowboys & Indians

Remember when we were all kids and we'd go out and play Cowboys & Indians? Good guys and bad guys - outlaw and Marshal? Cochise or Tom Jeffords reenacting "Broken Arrow". Then we got a bit older and seriously studied the history of the Old West?  SOTOW came along and we shared our knowledge of the tales, lore, people and adventures that we learned of during that exciting period? 

Our heroes were John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Richard Widmark - Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie along with Lucas…


Added by Carbine on September 12, 2014 at 10:12pm — 3 Comments

Andrew V. McLaglen 1920-2014

He brought us such classics as "McClintock!, The Undefeated, Cahill - US Marshal, & Hellfighters." He also directed over 90 episodes of Gunsmoke (starring James Arness, the longest running Western on TV, 116 Have Gun Will Travel, with Richard Boone portraying Paladin, and a handful of Rawhide episodes featuring a Cowboy named Rowdy Yates whom we now know as Clint Eastwood.

One of his last major works was 1982's epic mini - series "The Blue and the Grey" with Gregory Peck appearing…


Added by Carbine on September 5, 2014 at 8:06pm — 4 Comments

Rattler's & Bib Front Shirt's

I know some of you have been spending a lot of time down on the creek under the shade of a Cottonwood, with a cane pole in one hand and a sippin' jug in the other, but did you ever give thought to them slithering rattler's that can get your attention in a hurry?

I've crossed path's with them a time or two, mainly sunning on a rock but have dealt with them on creek banks too, but just come to realize them Rattler's that are on the Gadsden flag, more commonly known as the "Don't Tread…


Added by Carbine on July 19, 2014 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

Lonesome Dove

Woodrow Call & Augustus McCrae. It was 25 years ago this week that the two former Texas Rangers became household names. The mini series held viewers spellbound for four consecutive nights from Sunday February 5 thru Wednesday February 8, 1989. Thanks to Larry McMurtry for his 945 page novel and giving us a classic - Lonesome Dove.


Added by Carbine on February 7, 2014 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

Not, all for Naught....

Things been a bit slow around 'town' for a spell now. Seems like folks been busy with work, chores around the homestead, shopping, arguing with the Misses, just being lazy or off on other pursuits. May haps could be some is stuck out at the line shack, been throwed from their horse and healing busted ribs and soothing bruises, dodging sidewinders, bushwhackers, ex-old flames or any other number of excuses.

Even though things is slow here abouts, there  has been some meaningful…


Added by Carbine on May 26, 2013 at 7:20pm — 1 Comment

1888 & 2012

Due to the storm back east the most recent event has caused the NYSE to close for two consecitive days. This is the first time that has occurred since 1888. Didn't they have severe winter storms that year in the west, most notably Wyoming and Idaho that wiped out vast herds of cattle and wildlife?

I could be off by a year or two. Mother nature and history seem to have a way of repeating themselves.

Added by Carbine on October 30, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments

The High Chaparral

The High Chaparral, a western series that hasn't been seen on TV in years, makes its return next Saturday September 15th on INSP TV. A 12 hour marathon of the popular program begins at 1 pm eastern time. A couple of weeks later, starting Saturday September 29th, The High Chaparral will become part of INSP TV "Saddle Up Saturdays" line up which includes such westerns as The Virginian, Bonanza and Dr. Quinn-Medicine Woman.…


Added by Carbine on September 8, 2012 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

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