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FUELING YOUR HISTORICAL FIRE

FUELING YOUR HISTORICAL FIRE

Many authors and historians refuse to read historical fiction.  I am grateful that in this country, we have the choice to read what we want.  Once we got out of the Roy Rogers and Bonanza phase, many moved on to documented history only.  Some started with Stuart Lake...

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Doc Holliday’s Tucson Pleasures

Doc Holliday’s Tucson Pleasures

Doc Holliday’s Tucson Pleasures    In the last weeks before the OK Corral gunfight, Doc Holliday and his mistress, Kate Elder, were enjoying more pleasant times, visiting Tucson for the annual Fiesta. La Fiesta de San Agustin del Tucson began as a Catholic festival...

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A Few Notes on Building Your Western Research Library

A Few Notes on Building Your Western Research Library

I am often asked for my recommendations on the “best” or “most reliable” biographies and studies of Western characters, places, and events. While I am happy to oblige, I will often supplement my suggestions with a few additions of deeper reading. When I was a young...

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E. H. “ED” FLETCHER

E. H. “ED” FLETCHER

Ed Fletcher, a former buffalo hunter and scout, from 1875 to 1890, ran the Fletcher and Donley Station, a stage station along the Dodge City-Mobeetie line.1 Edward Houston Fletcher, born August 30, 1848, in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, was the oldest child of...

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Tracking Etta Place and Ann BassettA Timeline

Tracking Etta Place and Ann Bassett
A Timeline


Every few years the mystery of who was Etta (Ethel) Place comes around to Ann Bassett of Brown’s Park, Colorado. The supposition is Ann’s presence in Brown’s Park, one of the many hideouts for the Wild Bunch, as well as her claims to romantic involvements with members...

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Gunfighters Didn’t Always Shoot Straight

Gunfighters Didn’t Always Shoot Straight

This was borne out in the spring of 1879 in the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City when a hot-tempered buffalo hunter named Levi Richardson and a professional gambler named Cockeye Frank Loving got into a shootout at Dodge City’s Long Branch Saloon. They’d been...

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CALAMITY JANE WAS NO DORIS DAY 

CALAMITY JANE WAS NO DORIS DAY 

Most people have heard of Calamity Jane, fewer have heard of Martha Jane Canary, her real name. It is sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction, as the false narrative about her has been perpetuated by the internet, Hollywood and word of mouth. Martha Jane...

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ABBOTT-DOWNING

ABBOTT-DOWNING

The classic image of the stagecoach might be the Concord model but for the crossing the rough western trails passengers were often switched to lighter, celerity or mud wagons.John Butterfield chose Abbot-Downing for his stages. It was because of their suspension...

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