1881 – Tombstone business district consumed by fire

1881 – Tombstone business district consumed by fire

1881- Tombstone, Arizona Territory- much of the towns business district, including sixty-six buildings, was destroyed. Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner June 22 1857- Red River Manitoba – Company of Royal Canadian Rifles sent to Red River to police trade, train local militia and counter American influence. 1857- James Birch wins a government contract to […]

The last “Gunsmoke” radio broadcast

The last “Gunsmoke” radio broadcast

“Gunsmoke” radio cast. From left to right; Howard McNear (Doc), William Conrad (Matt Dillon), Parley Baer (Chester). Standing in back is Georgia Ellis (Kitty). The program ended on radio June 18, 1961. Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner June 18 1864- Colorado Territory- Cheyenne and Arapahos are believed to have massacred an entire family 25 miles west of […]

New sage grouse rules limit public land use

New sage grouse rules limit public land use

By Bette Grande / Heartland Institute The Obama administration is establishing new to limits on public land uses in 10 Western states to protect the habitat of the ground dwelling greater sage grouse. The federal efforts are an attempt to prevent a continued decline in sage grouse numbers which could necessitate listing the sage grouse […]

Lincoln Co. bad guy Evans to stand trial for murder

Lincoln Co. bad guy Evans to stand trial for murder

Outlaw Jesse Evans with an unidentified woman. Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner June 15 1836- Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state. 1846- Great Britain and the United States agree on a joint occupation of Oregon Territory. 1867- Big Timbers, Kansas- Indians and the 3rd Infantry fight. 1873- Cypress Hills Saskatchewan […]

Navajo Code Talker Ketchum passes

Navajo Code Talker Ketchum passes

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released a statement on the passing of Bahe Ketchum, a member of the Navajo Code Talkers, an elite group of Native Americans who assisted American commanders during World War II by using their language skills to develop and transmit coded messages: “I join the […]

Dining with the Duke — Grilling & more John Wayne’s way

Dining with the Duke — Grilling & more John Wayne’s way

By Scott Dyke Editor note: June 11, 1979- Los Angeles, California- Marion Michael Morrison, AKA John Wayne AKA the Duke (1907-1979), died of cancer. So, the editor wants a book review. It is a cookbook. After the terse “no way” response, he sets the hook. The book title is “The Official John Wayne Way to […]

Former Wild Bunch gang member surprised at the “new” west

Former Wild Bunch gang member surprised at the “new” west

Front row left to right: Harry A. Longabaugh, alias the Sundance Kid, Ben Kilpatrick, alias the Tall Texan, Robert Leroy Parker, alias Butch Cassidy; Standing: Will Carver, alias News Carver, & Harvey Logan, alias Kid Curry; Photo taken at Fort Worth, Texas, 1900. Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner June 11 1865- Austin, Texas- outlaws fail in their attempt to rob […]

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 […]