R.I.P. Henry George Zipf

R.I.P. Henry George Zipf

By SoAzNewsX Henry George Zipf grandson of Tucson pioneer, George Pusch, died peacefully at his home in Tubac on December 17, 2015, just twelve days before his ninety-ninth birthday, surrounded by the love of his beautiful wife, Ruth Tackett Zipf, who has made his later years so happy, and his children, Henry K. Zipf, Donold […]

1852 – Record year for gold produced

1852 – Record year for gold produced

By SoAzNewsX December 31 1852- The richest year of the gold rush ends, with $81.3 million in gold produced. 1873 – Texas – A sergeant and three soldiers of Company B, 25th Inf, were attacked at Eagle Spring by 15 Indians. One Indian was wounded. 1885- Temperatures plunge across the West. Six-foot drifts are reported […]

Scott Dyke: Those iconic westerns

Scott Dyke: Those iconic westerns

By Scott Dyke Jimmy Durante’s trademark lament is a well-documented description of Western movie history. Setting the tone was “The Great Train Robbery,” considered the first commercially successful movie. The making of this 1903 Western has some strange facts. The Edison Studio silent production ran 12 minutes. One of its “stars,” Max Aronson, played three […]

1881 – V. Earp riddled with buckshot; Curly Bill suspected

1881 – V. Earp riddled with buckshot; Curly Bill suspected

By SoAzNewsX December 28 1836- Mexico’s independence was recognized by Spain. 1859- the inaugural issue of The Nor’Wester, the first newspaper in the Canadian west, was published at the Red River Settlement. William Coldwell and William Buckingham acquired a hand-printing press in St. Paul, Minnesota, which they transported into the settlement on an oxen-drawn cart. […]

‘Real cowboy’ received lifetime achievement award

‘Real cowboy’ received lifetime achievement award

By Staci Matlock / The New Mexican New Mexico author Max Evans has won many Western literary awards. On Saturday, he was honored with a different kind of award, a belt buckle for lifetime achievement from the New Mexico Horse Council. “Most of my so-called literature involves the horse in some way. Without horses, I […]

1881 – Garrett posse corners Billy the Kid

1881 – Garrett posse corners Billy the Kid

By SoAzNewsX December 21 1866- A relief party out of Ft. Kearney led by Captain Fetterman, was ordered to rescue the fort’s woodcutting detail but not to leave sight of the post. Capt. William Fetterman, who had once boasted that he could ride through the whole Sioux nation with 80 men, ignored the orders and […]

The making of ‘The Alamo’ was not easy

The making of ‘The Alamo’ was not easy

By Thomas D. Clagett October marked the 55th anniversary of the release of The Alamo, the John Wayne-produced and directed epic about the 1836 stand by Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Barrett Travis and nearly 200 other defenders in a ramshackle mission fortress against General Santa Anna’s Mexican army of 6,000. It had been Wayne’s […]

1872 – “Scouts of the Plains” opens to packed house

1872 – “Scouts of the Plains” opens to packed house

By SoAzNewsX December 17 1860- Texas- Texas Ranger Sul Ross raises 60 riders, Tonkawa Indian scouts, and other volunteer to track down Peta Nocona’s Comanches on the Pease River. Ross mistakenly thinks he killed Peta. Charles Goodnight discovers Cynthia Parker in the camp, who was kidnapped in 1839 and us now the wife of Peta […]

Salmon praises Forest Service abandonment of horse roundup

Salmon praises Forest Service abandonment of horse roundup

By SoAzNewsX Matt Salmon understands that the role of a Congressman is more than policy decisions. So does Martha McSally. Both ride the bureaucracy after the policy is made. That’s refreshing as too many Congresscritters think they’re done after the committee meeting. I recall that as the attitude of Jim Kolbe when asked to aid […]

1880 – Garrett joins posse looking for Billy the Kid

1880 – Garrett joins posse looking for Billy the Kid

By SoAzNews December 14 1859- Brownsville, Texas- Fort Brown is reinforced. Troops defeat the outlaw Juan Cortina at La Ebronal. 1859 – Texas – Cpl Patrick Collins and a detachment of Company I, 2nd Cav, from Camp Verde with guide “Polly” Rodriquez and one citizen volunteer, pursued and conducted a dismounted attack against a camp […]

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