Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

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 On Me" flag have 13 rattle's in honor of the original 13 colonies. For that matter so does the pit viper depicted on the Navy Jack.

The old Navy stovepipe bell bottom trousers' had a 13 button fly so now I'm wondering if them Bib front shirt's they used to wear back in the Old West had 13 button's too. Seems folks was a lot more patriotic back then. I doubt any of them Rattler's gave two hoot's about Yankee Doodle or if John Wayne counted the buttons on his shirts but it is interesting to contemplate while sippin' on a creek bank on a lazy afternoon.  

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Comment by dirtrider on July 20, 2014 at 7:37am

Well, sir, had such an experience with two cottonmouths on the stream back in Missouri.  Bein highly skeered of and respectful of live snakes, I usually spot em first.

Never realized the rattles were 13.  But I do love the flag,,,,,,,,,,,, yessir.

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