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 […]

1864 – Gold found in Montana!

1864 – Gold found in Montana!

By SoAzNewsX August 30 1861- Union General John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri and declared slaves there to be free. However, President Lincoln countermanded Fremont’s order a few days later. 1862- Dakota Territory- Sioux warriors drive federal horses and cattle from Fort Abercrombie, near present day Wahpeton, North Dakota. 1864- Emigrant Gulch, Montana […]

1862 – Army establishes Fort Bowie to guard Apache Pass

1862 – Army establishes Fort Bowie to guard Apache Pass

By SoAzNewsX July 26 1861-Fort Fillmore, New Mexico Territory- Captain Baylor gains control of the territory after driving Union troops from the fort. 1862- Fort Bowie, New Mexico Territory (present day Arizona)– the fort is established where General Carleton secured a spring to guard the eastern approach to Apache Pass. 1863- Huntsville, Texas- Sam Houston […]

1889 – Gunman Malachi Allen hung at Fort Smith, Arkansas for murder

1889 – Gunman Malachi Allen hung at Fort Smith, Arkansas for murder

By SoAzNewsX April 19 1859- New Mexico Territory (present day Arizona)- barely a week old, Camp Colorado becomes Fort Mojave. 1867- Fort Dodge, Kansas- the 7th Cavalry reports six Indians killed in a fight near the fort. 1875- Montana Territory- the territorial capital moves from Virginia City to Helena. 1876- Wichita, Kansas– the city council […]

1886 – Geronimo says ‘no’ to Gen. Crook on surrender

1886 – Geronimo says ‘no’ to Gen. Crook on surrender

By SoAzNewsX March 29 1847- Vera Cruz, Mexico- victorious forces led by General Winfield Scott occupied the city of Vera Cruz after Mexican defenders capitulated. 1867- the British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada. 1878- Lincoln, New Mexico Territory- lots of shooting is reported in the streets. 1879- New […]

1883 – Apaches kill three at Total Wreck Mine in Whetstone Mts

1883 – Apaches kill three at Total Wreck Mine in Whetstone Mts

By SoAzNewsX March 22 1858- Monticello Township, Johnson County, Kansas- James Butler Hickok, age 20, is elected village constable. 1863- Utah Territory- An Overland stage is attacked by Indians near Eight Mile Station in Tooele County. Passenger Judge Mott takes the reigns and outruns the attackers after the driver is killed and another passenger is […]

1872 – Russian Duke embarks on a western buffalo hunt

1872 – Russian Duke embarks on a western buffalo hunt

By SoAzNewsX January 11 1864- Montana Territory- an estimated 24 “Innocents” have been hanged since December 21, 1863, by Montana vigilantes. 1865- Yellowstone City, Montana Territory- a plug of tobacco costs $5 a pound. 1867 – Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian. […]

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, […]

1882 – Buckskin Frank Leslie kills Billy Claiborne in Tombstone

1882 – Buckskin Frank Leslie kills Billy Claiborne in Tombstone

By SoAzNewsX November 14 1857- Texas- Governor Pease calls out the Texas Rangers to end the bloody “Cart War” between Texan and Mexican teamsters. 1863- Horse Prairie, Montana- Harry Plummer and 3 of his gang rob Henry Tilden. 1870 – Texas- Capt Adna R. Chaffee and a detachment of Company I, 6th Cavalry, and two […]

1881 – Earp and Holliday arrested in wake of O.K. Corral gunfight

1881 – Earp and Holliday arrested in wake of O.K. Corral gunfight

By SoAzNewsX November 7 1859- Jefferson Territory (Colorado)- The General Assembly meets in Denver to set the territory government in operation. 1876- Texas- Johnny Ringo and George Glidden are arrested, ending the “HooDoo War” in Texas. The feud began over a year earlier with cattle rustlings. The HooDoos were night-riding vigilantes who disguised themselves with […]