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Glenn Springs, Texas ... not so famous as the raid on Columbus, NM, however there was another raid on US soil at this community in the Big Bend region of Texas. May 5, 1916, Villistas ransacked the village, killing several US soldiers, looted the local store (photo) killing one of the store owner's children. The raid was received nationwide press and Pres Wilson mobilized the Texas Nat'l Guard.

The attack on the Warren Wagon Train made news throughout Texas and the nation, resulting in a change of Indian policy. Even though Satanta spoke with eloquence at his trial, he had a big mouth. His bragging about his, Satank's and Big Tree's roles in the massacre resulted in their arrests, convictions, and death sentences.

Execution of a soldier of the 8th Infantry at Prescott, Arizona, 1877 From: The National Archives

Bose Ikard - born a slave in Mississippi. He went to work for Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight as a traildriver in 1866. The story “Lonesome Dove” is based partly on the lives of Goodnight and Loving. In the movie, Deets' character, portrayed by Danny Glover, is based on Bose Ikard. Goodnight once said, “Bose surpassed any man I had in endurance and stamina. His behavior was very good in a fight and he was probably the most devoted man to me that I ever knew.

Chuck wagon fording the Powder River during cattle drive - 1800's.

Real Texas Cowgirl ... in bowler hat, stylish gauntlets, and with horsehair quirt, stands beside her horse, which has a horsehair bridle and cowgirl-style, double-rigged, heavily carved sidesaddle, c. 1900 Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas

T Anchor Ranch ... primitive by today’s standards, the T-Anchor Ranch in the Panhandle was founded in 1877 by a brother-in-law of Charles Goodnight. At one time, the 2nd largest ranch in Texas, hosted the largest single cattle drive in history. Sixteen cowboys with a remuda of 125 horses herded 10,652 cattle to Big Lake. When bedded down at night, it was over an area so large that it took over an hour for a horse to circle the herd at a fast trot.

Old Wheeler County Strap-Iron Jail in Mobeetie, Texas. One would think a night spent in this jail cell would make one re-think one's burgeoning life of crime.


Old Picture of the Day: Bandits

Billy the Kid from Hico, Tx, grave in Hamilton, Tx

Olive Dixon, widow of Billy Dixon, famed buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, army scout, and Texas panhandle pioneer, ... lived into the 20th Century. She is seen here at the site of Adobe Walls where her husband made his famous single long shot that ended the battle of Adobe Walls. I wonder if the "Comanche elder" beside her may have participated in the battle himself.

Cherokee Bill ... famous last words on the gallows, in response to the hangman's asking if he had any last words? Bill's reply, “Hell no, I came here to die, not to make a speech.”

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Tom Horn spent a good portion of his life legitimately employed both as a lawman and a detective, but in actuality he was one of the most cold-blooded killers of the Old West. In the 1880s, Horn made a name for himself as a scout and tracker, and was responsible for the arrest of many feared criminals. He had a hand in as many as 50 murders.

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Oglala tipi ... note the tipi is made of canvas and not hides/skins (buffalo) indicating the photo was made after subjection of the tribes.

Olive Oatman was 13 when she traveled with her family to California by wagon. Attacked by Indians who killed all of the family but Olive, her Sister (who later died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). Sold to the Mojave tribe as a slave, she was tattooed and taken in as "one of their own". She was rescued 5 yrs later. She married John Fairchild in 1860, moved to Sherman TX where she died in 1903 and was buried in West Hill Cemetery on Lamar St. in Sherman.

  • retropotamus

    And to add to that. I'm pretty sure Indian tribes displaced and killed one another throughout their history and by no means lived amongst one another in harmony. That's why they designated entire classes of young men as "warriors". So yeah, they were no better than the "white man". So please pinheads, take your self-loathing guilt and falsely based "pride" elsewhere. Or simply get over it.

  • Barbara Levine

    I had just read an article about Olive a couple of weeks ago in a book. I also read some information on her life as an adult living with such tatoo's on a white woman in that day & time. Times were hard for all people during that time no matter what country or race you were from. Many European explorers were ruthless and even killed in the name of relgion. Many indians helped the new settlers . The language barrier and put two people together and disagreements arise. Many people on todays media like to make rude remarks and vulgar language . Just understand this is life and people have been tryingto live together for thousands of years and wars that are still going. Respect each other yesterday and today.

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  • Debbie LG

    No matter who enslaved or killed who. The white man STOLE the land from the Indians. End of History Lesson.

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Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The nickname was given to the "Negro Cavalry" by the Native American tribes they fought; the term eventually became synonymous with all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866. "Buffalo Soldiers" were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.

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Bird's eye view of Sioux camp at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Photographed by G. E. Trager, November 28, 1890.

Mormon trail wagon ruts still visible today in Wyoming

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Fort Chadbourne - among the more notable figures who served at the post prior to the Civil War were Lts. James Longstreet and George E. Pickett, each of whom became distinguished Confederate generals during the War of Rebellion. Miles W. Keogh was also posted to Fort Chadbourne during its brief re-occupation in 1867. As captain in the Seventh United States Cavalry, he was destined to fall at the Battle of Little Big Horn some nine years later on June 25, 1876

Some still believe that the Alamo defenders’ remains are interred at the Plaza’s San Fernando Cathedral.

Jim Perry (1858–1918) was an African American cowboy and top hand, the highest-ranked cowboy on the three million-acre XIT Ranch Texas. Perry established himself as an expert roper, rider, bronc buster, cook, and musician.

On May 22, 1843, the first major wagon train headed for the American Northwest sets out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri on the Oregon Trail.