1860 – Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco!

1860 – Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco!

By SoAzNewsX April 14 1860– San Francisco, California- the first Pony Express rider arrives with mail originating in St. Joseph, Missouri. 1873- Kansas, Nebraska and southern Dakota Territory- the “Easter Blizzard” a three-day storm kills many settlers. 1874- Colorado Territory- Alferd Packer, the lone survivor of the Alferd Packer party makes it to the Los […]

Texans’ 1872 raid reclaimed stolen cattle from New Mexico

Texans’ 1872 raid reclaimed stolen cattle from New Mexico

By Marc Simmons / Westerner Blog In midsummer of 1872, a Texas cattleman, John Hittson, led 50 hard-bitten cowboys on a vigilante-style raid of Eastern New Mexico, and he did so with the approval of his state governor. The incident created headlines at the time, but today it has been almost forgotten. The trouble that […]

1858 – Gold seekers want statehood for western Kansas

1858 – Gold seekers want statehood for western Kansas

By SoAzNewsX April 11 1858– Western part of Kansas Territory (present day Colorado)- Gold seekers call for a convention to petition the federal government for statehood. Colorado eventually becomes a state in 1876. 1862- Sante Fe, New Mexico Territory- Union troops occupy the town. 1866- New Mexico Territory- two companies of the 1st Arizona Infantry […]

R.I.P Peter Brown of ‘Lawman’

R.I.P Peter Brown of ‘Lawman’

By SoAzNewsX Actor Peter Brown, who was the co-star of the late 1950s television western series “Lawman” has died. He was 80 years old. The actor co-starred on TV’s “Lawman,” which ran from 1958 to 1962, playing the young Deputy Johnny McKay alongside John Russell, who played Marshal Dan Troop. Brown co-starred on “Laredo,” which […]

1874 – Another stage robbed by the James-Younger gang

1874 – Another stage robbed by the James-Younger gang

By SoAzNewsX April 7 1857- snow falls in every state of the Union in a late-season freeze. In Houston the temperature reaches 21 degrees Fahrenheit. 1867- Fort Larned, Kansas- Major General Winfield Scott Hancock arrives for a conference local Indian chiefs. He is currently organizing a 1,400-soldier campaign against the southern plains tribes. Hancock’s chief […]

Scott Dyke: Corporate dynamo — Wilson liking life’s outcome

Scott Dyke: Corporate dynamo — Wilson liking life’s outcome

  By Scott Dyke Sometimes you saddle up for a planned ride, only to find yourself on a back trail you had not intended. A trip to the Tubac Presidio is a prime example. The presidio has this glorious history of Spanish conquest, Apaches and early Western history. It was established for a Spanish garrison […]

1896 – Gold found in Yukon!

1896 – Gold found in Yukon!

By SoAzNewsX April 4 1858- Langley, British Columbia -the Fraser River gold rush begins. 1878- New Mexico Territory- Dick Brewer, ranch owner and foreman of John Tunstall’s horse ranch, died when the top of his head was blown off by Jesse Andrews, AKA Buckshot Roberts, at Blazer’s Mill. 1878- Texas- Sam Bass and his gang […]

1861 – Federals at Fort Bliss surrender

1861 – Federals at Fort Bliss surrender

By SoAzNewsX March 31 1861– El Paso, Texas- the federal garrison at Fort Bliss surrenders to state troops. 1878- New Mexico Territory- A.A. McSween and his wife and John Chisum depart the Chisum ranch and stay at a ranch house 20 miles away. 1878- Lincoln, New Mexico Territory- a group of regulators, including Billy the […]

1884 – Bisbee Massacre bandits hanged

1884 – Bisbee Massacre bandits hanged

By SoAzNewsX March 28 1865- The Military District of the Plains is created. 1868- Kansas- Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill supervise prisoners being relocated from Fort Hayes to Topeka. 1883- New Mexico Territory- a raiding party of Chiricahua Apaches led by Chato killed Judge and Mrs. H.C. McComas. 1884- Arizona Territory- five bandits convicted […]

Cowboy Music Festival returns to Old Tucson

Cowboy Music Festival returns to Old Tucson

By SoAZNewsX The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation and Old Tucson in conjunction with the Western Music Association AZ Chapter present the Fifth Annual Cowboy Music Festival on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2016. Since 2011, this event has been celebrating the American cowboy with live performances of traditional and original Cowboy music […]

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