Scott Dyke: The west’s best history of the White Stallion Ranch

Scott Dyke: The west’s best history of the White Stallion Ranch

By Scott Dyke My wife’s lack of interest in Western history is well documented. But here’s a revelation. She went western before I did. She also had a leg up on a unique experience that, heretofore, I was lacking. A dude ranch. I had been to famous ranches, historic ranches and abandoned ranches, but never […]

Lincoln County War talk in Green Valley coming up

Lincoln County War talk in Green Valley coming up

By SoAzNewsX Noted Wyatt Earp and Old West historian Scott Dyke will present a talk on what happened to cause the Lincoln County War in New Mexico as part of his Wild West Series of history talks. Billy the Kid was one of participants in that dispute that arose between two factions over the control of dry […]

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 […]

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