Scott Dyke: Along one long, dusty trail

Scott Dyke: Along one long, dusty trail

By Scott Dyke Recently I had a visit from an Australian author and researcher. He makes an annual pilgrimage to Tombstone and other points west. The Old West has many international fans. Previously I have entertained Canadians, Germans and a Welshman. Aussie Peter Brand proved to be a gifted author who brought something to the […]

Scott Dyke: Bunker de France – a life in the movies

Scott Dyke: Bunker de France – a life in the movies

By Scott Dyke Behind the scenes of movie making, there is this culture that exists. They move around a lot, taking whatever is offered. It is a nomadic lifestyle, and the industry would not flourish without them. They are stand-ins, doubles, extras, bit players and generally all-around handy and versatile folks. Steve “Bunker” de France […]

Scott Dyke: Johnny Ringo – The myth meets the truth

Scott Dyke: Johnny Ringo – The myth meets the truth

By Scott Dyke In the history of the Old West, no name captured more imagination than Ringo. Hundreds of times that name has popped up in books, TV Westerns and movies. The real John Ringo was, indeed, a celebrated gunman who roamed the Southwest in pursuit of an easy living. His image, like many from […]

Scott Dyke: Sad tale of “Mattie” Earp

Scott Dyke: Sad tale of “Mattie” Earp

By Scott Dyke She was a simple farm girl who, on a lark, took off with her sister for adventure. Her name was Celia Ann Blaylock. Everyone would call her Mattie. He was a sometime lawman, itinerate gambler and fortune seeker. His name was Wyatt Earp. Everyone called him dangerous. Celia, born in Johnson County, […]

Scott Dyke: Reality rides the desert in the wild West

Scott Dyke: Reality rides the desert in the wild West

By Scott Dyke The following is based upon an incident several years ago. The location was in Southern Arizona; either the Chiricahua Mountains, the Swisshelm Mountains, Skeleton Canyon, or somewhere below Arivaca, all remote and difficult to access. The man and his wife moved West five years earlier, both desiring winter warmth and a closeness […]

Scott Dyke: Bloody Ruby storied past at Western ghost town

Scott Dyke: Bloody Ruby storied past at Western ghost town

By Scott Dyke Second of two parts The Fraser brothers migrated from Nova Scotia, lured by the siren’s song of mining fortunes to be had. Arriving in the States in 1902, Alex was 40 and John 43. They hit the mining camps in Colorado and pushed farther west to Arizona. Unrewarded, they moved on to […]

Scott Dyke: Wells Fargo never forgets — getting the job done

Scott Dyke: Wells Fargo never forgets — getting the job done

Part II of the series By Scott Dyke Last issue, part one of “The Cowboys versus Wells Fargo” featured a look at the Texas-spawned men who made their mark on the history of the Old West. This week covers how Wells Fargo dealt with them. The early history of Wells Fargo mirrors the growth of […]

Scott Dyke: Alamo trip has something for everyone

Scott Dyke: Alamo trip has something for everyone

By Scott Dyke “Remember the River Walk!” Not exactly the historical rallying cry associated with San Antonio, home of the Alamo. When planning a trip for two, one must supply a dual purpose to entice. Alice’s interest in the Alamo amounts to a one on a scale of 1, and “one” could be an inflated […]