“I headed straight into the setting sun, and rode west at an easy pace. It was going to be a long ride, and there was no reason to hurry.” 

― Robert B. Parker, Appaloosa

The cowboy practice of “singing the cattle down”—the night herder’s soft crooning to quiet the cows for sleep—received a new twist in 1926.

A fan letter sent to WGES in Chicago by Tom Blevins, a Utah cowboy, reported that he had set up a radio on the range and was treating the cows to urban dance music in the evening.

“It sure is a big saving on the voice” Blevins wrote. “The herd don’t seem to tell the difference. Don’t put on any speeches, though. That’ll stampede ’em sure as shootin’.”

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.”

Crowfoot, 1890, as quoted in Catch the Whisper of the Wind compiled by Cheewa James

Super Chief Taking Fuel

Albuquerque, New Mexico 1943

Marguerite Clifford Boscovich

holding the herd at the Buttes

Clifford Ranch - Stone Cabin Valley 1945 

Wounded Knee, the Aftermath

Following a three-day blizzard, the military hired civilians to bury the dead Lakota. The burial party found the deceased frozen; they were gathered up and placed in a mass grave on a hill overlooking the encampment from which some of the fire from the Hotchkiss guns originated. It was reported that four infants were found alive, wrapped in their deceased mothers’ shawls. In all, 84 men, 44 women, and 18 children reportedly died on the field, while at least seven Lakota were mortally wounded. General Nelson Miles denounced Colonel Forsyth and relieved him of command. An exhaustive Army Court of Inquiry convened by Miles criticized Forsyth for his tactical dispositions, but otherwise exonerated him of responsibility. The Court of Inquiry, however, was not conducted as a formal court-martial.

read: James W. Forsyth

The town of Forsyth in Montana is named after the Colonel, (and some people are worried about an NFL team)

Total acreage seized from native Americans since 1776

Total acreage seized from native Americans since 1776

The Beer Parlor

Alpine, Texas 1939

photo by Russell Lee

Central City, Colorado 1952

Jose Doroteo Arango Arambula (5 June 1878 – 20 July 1923)

better known as Pancho Villa

In the early morning of March 9, 1916, several hundred Mexican guerrillas under the command of Francisco “Pancho” Villa cross the U.S.-Mexican border and attack the small border town of Columbus, New Mexico. Seventeen Americans were killed in the raid, and the center of town was burned. It was unclear whether Villa personally participated in the attack, but President Woodrow Wilson ordered the U.S. Army into Mexico to capture the rebel leader dead or alive. 

read on  Pancho Villa raids U.S.,1916

Rose Parker

The Rose of Cimarron

Long before Bonnie Parker fell in love with Clyde Barrow and joined his outlaw life, there was Rose Dunn in the Wild West. Fifteen year old Rose met professional outlaw George “Bittercreek” Newcomb and fell in love. Rose already knew how to ride, rope and shoot, but was more famous around those parts for her beauty and gentleness and was nicknamed “Rose of Cimarron”. Her lover and his gang were busy robbing banks and stagecoaches and Rose got them supplies and tended their frequent gun wounds. Years later, her older brothers had enough of their own outlaw ways and became bounty hunters in search of George and his gang.

On May 2, 1895, Newcomb and Charley Pierce rode up to the Dunn ranch, possibly to visit Rose. As soon as they dismounted, her brothers opened fire, dropping both outlaws. The next day, the Dunn brothers had loaded the two bodies into their wagon and were driving it into town to collect the reward, when Newcomb suddenly moaned and asked for water, to which one of the brothers responded with another bullet.

It is not known as to whether Rose Dunn assisted in this or not. There has been much speculation that Rose Dunn was in contact with her family, and that her brothers followed her to the ranch, then waited for her to leave before they entered and killed the two outlaws. She denied that she had betrayed Newcomb.

The Ingalls Hotel

Unassigned Lands" Oklahoma

Settled after the 1889 land rush into the Unassigned Lands between the Chickasaw Nation and the Cherokee Outlet, Ingalls was a busy town of 150 in the 1890s. Several small-time outlaw gangs plagued the Oklahoma territory during the late 1800’s. U.S. Marshall E.D. Nix was charged with bringing the criminals to justice. Nix received word that a gang, known as the Wild Bunch, were making frequent visits to Ingalls. Their leader, Bill Doolin, rode with the Dalton gang until the Coffeyville, Kansas bank robbery. Doolin’s gang stayed at a hotel when in Ingalls and were said to be quiet and well-mannered. The gang also may have camped along the Cimarron River for most of the summer of 1893. Two deputy marshalls were sent, in disguise, to Ingalls to look for the Doolin gang. According to the story of Dr. Pickering, a local physician, the two deputies played cards and drank with the Doolin gang at a saloon. The deputies returned and confirmed that the Doolin gang were in Ingalls. Nix sent a dozen deputies led by John Hixson to capture the Wild Bunch. The deputies rode in two covered wagons to disguise their approach. They entered Ingalls from the north at 10 a.m. on September 1, 1893. Doolin and gang members “Dynamite Dick” Clifton, “Tulsa Jack” Blake, “Bitter Creek” Newcomb and Bill Dalton were in the saloon. “Arkansas Tom” Jones was in a second-floor hotel room. During the shootout, three deputies and two townspeople were killed. Every one of the Wild Bunch escaped except “Arkansas Tom”, who was captured and sentenced to 50 years in prison. By 1907 the Post Office in Ingalls was closed and the small town passed into history.

read:  Battle of Ingalls

at Winding Oaks Farm 

Ocala, Florida