Old West history, June 8 – 10

Old West history, June 8 – 10

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner June 8 1867- Chalk Bluffs, Kansas- Indians and the 7th Cavalry fight. 1874- Arizona Territory- Chiricahua Apache chief Cochise died of natural causes on a reservation at age 62. 1878- New Mexico Territory- William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid, signs an affidavit against the Seven Rivers gang in the […]

Old West history, June 4 – 7

Old West history, June 4 – 7

1870- Abilene, Kansas- Wild Bill Hickok is sworn in as marshal. Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner June 4 1868- Kansas- Cheyenne’s attack Kansa Indians. 1870- Abilene, Kansas- Wild Bill Hickok is sworn in as marshal. 1889- Topeka, Kansas- Nat Oliphant is lynched by a mob. Nat murdered Alonzo Rodgers when he came home and […]

The Western is back again!

The Western is back again!

By Emil Franzi / Southern Arizona News-Examiner  The western is back, from Bill O’Reilly’s book and TV series to the History Channel’s new miniseries TEXAS RISING.  It never left – it has a whole channel on cable and pieces of others all to itself. The archive is immense with many new and younger folks discovering […]

Old West history, June 1 – 3

Old West history, June 1 – 3

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner June 1 1859- the mules pulling the Leavenworth and Pikes Peak stagecoach are frightened by friendly Indians, overturning the coach. On board is Horace Greeley, pictured left. 1866- fares are reduced 25% for ministers on the Holladay Overland Mail stage. 1867- Fort Hayes, Kansas- Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer […]

7 things you probably don’t know about John Wayne

7 things you probably don’t know about John Wayne

By Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon 1. May 26 was officially John Wayne Day in Texas. 2. There’s an international airport named after John Wayne. 3. He always thought he was a liberal and was surprised to find he was really a “right wing conservative extremist.” 4. Stalin wanted to kill him. 5. He’s […]

Old West history, May 28 – 31

Old West history, May 28 – 31

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner May 28 1870- Indian Territory- two settlers are killed by Indians near Fort Supply. 1878- Lincoln County, New Mexico- John Copeland is dismissed as County sheriff by Governor Axtell and is replaced by an employee of J.J. Dolan, George Peppin. 1879- Fort Smith, Arkansas- William Elliott, AKA: Colorado Bill […]

‘John Wayne Day’ in Texas honors actor’s 108th birthday

‘John Wayne Day’ in Texas honors actor’s 108th birthday

May 26, 2015 EVA RUTH MORAVEC Displayed with permission from The Washington Times AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Wearing a brown plaid coat worn by John Wayne in 1945’s “Flame of Barbary Coast,” Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has declared a day in honor of the quintessential screen cowboy. An avid collector of movie memorabilia, Patrick […]

Old West history, May 25 – 27

Old West history, May 25 – 27

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner May 25 1858- Victoria British Columbia – First shipload of gold miners from California arrives in British Columbia. 1865- Montana Territory- ten woodcutters from the steamboat Cutter on the Maruias River are killed by Indians. 1869- Jewell County, Kansas- six settlers are killed by Indians. 1883- Tishomingo, the Chickasaw […]

Casa Grande, Ariz – then and now

Casa Grande, Ariz – then and now

By Harry Alexander / Southern Arizona News-Examiner The town of Casa Grande is generally known for the National Monument that bears its name. But, in the days when Arizona was still a territory, Casa Grande appeared to be quite the hubbub of activity, thanks to the railroad. From the Arizona Weekly Citizen, May 22, 1886 […]