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Plains Tribes Had Roots in Agriculture, And Some Were Willing to Farm Again

Congress’ failure to ratify an 1859 treaty was a missed opportunity. Fort Laramie Indian Agent Thomas Twiss had called together the Sioux, Northern Cheyennes and Arapahos in September 1859. The meeting followed the “Cow War, which centered on the Grattan Massacre near the fort (in present-day Wyoming) and the retaliatory massacre of Lakota men, women …

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Like the Men of Old Loaded with True Grit, Bob Van Kirk Stood Tall in Today’s West

The Arizona man was once a lawman in rough-and-tumble Alaska. Western pioneers and settlers are a thing of the past —a product of simpler yet wilder times, when a man had to be self-sufficient and bold, and a woman needed plenty of gumption, even with a self-sufficient, bold man around. Today it is still possible …

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Kid Thompson Made His Mark as California’s Train-Wrecking Bandit

He and an accomplice pulled off two holdups at the same spot. Northbound Southern Pacific No. 20 had just left Burbank station on December 23, 1893, and as it approached Roscoe switch a little after 11 p.m., an armed and masked bandit dropped from the tender into the locomotive cab and ordered engineer Bill Stewart …

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Controversial Crash of K-14

Was the loss of a patrol blimp off Maine in 1944 the result of pilot error, as the U.S. Navy maintains to this day, or was it due to a battle with a German U-boat?   When the U.S. Navy blimp K-14 went down in the Gulf of Maine in July 1944, it left behind …

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Daily Quiz for October 18, 2017

The comic book character, the Incredible Hulk, was originally this color.

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Wild West Movie Review: True Grit

True Grit Paramount Pictures, 2010, PG-13.  Could a remake of the 1969 classic True Grit, which starred, of course, John Wayne in an Oscar-winning performance, ever top the original? “That’ll be the day,” said one old-timer, channeling his inner Duke. But that day has come. Directors and brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have created a …

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Wild West Book Review: Lost Mines & Buried Treasures of Old Wyoming

Lost Mines & Buried Treasures of Old Wyoming  by W.C. Jameson, High Plains Press, Glendo, Wyo., 2010, $15.  W.C. Jameson must be an eccentric millionaire by now. He is still churning out words after gaining prominence as a professional fortune hunter; writing some 60 books and 1,500 articles and a few poems to boot; appearing …

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Wild West Book Review: Beyond the American Pale

Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West, 1845–1910  by David M. Emmons, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2010, $34.95.  As the United States expanded westward in the 1800s, the advocates of Manifest Destiny envisioned a land of opportunity, a vast wilderness across which Anglo-Americans would spread the constitutional republic they had founded and …

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Wild West Book Review: Red Cloud’s War

Red Cloud’s War: The Bozeman Trail, 1866–1868 (two volumes) by John D. McDermott, The Arthur H. Clark Co., Norman, 2010, $225.  The Bozeman Trail, a 250-mile pathway from Fort Laramie (in what is now Wyoming) to the goldfields of Montana Territory, seemed like a good idea at the time.Yes, even though it crossed the best …

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Wild West Book Review: Appetite for America

Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried, Bantam, New York, 2010, $27  The Harvey Girls was an award-winning 1946 musical starring Hollywood sensation Judy Garland, but the featured title waitresses were the real, if less musical, stuff—the first major female workforce …

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