Monthly Archives: July 2018

The Texas Fence-Cutting Wars

Old West Texas was a land of vast grasslands uninterrupted by natural barriers.  The landscape was devoid of rock and timber from which landowners might have erected fencing to mark land boundaries or control grazing livestock.  In 1883, a clash … Continue reading

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Gambling, Hard Drinking, and Gunfights

Nearly everyone interested in the old west is familiar with the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas but what most people don’t know is that the saloon was named after one of its founder’s home towns, Long Branch, New … Continue reading

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One Riot, One Texas Ranger

In 1821, Mexico’s War of Independence from Spain included the territory of present-day Texas, which became part of Mexico, incorporated as part of the state of Coahuila y Tejas.  At this time, there were very few Europeans living in this … Continue reading

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The Comanche

Before the arrival of horses from Europe, Comanche people were pedestrian hunters and gatherers.  After the introduction of horses, they became a highly mobile warrior class of people who were able to control vast territories.  In the mid-1800s, the Comanche … Continue reading

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Happy Yankee Doodle Day

To get to where we are today with the use of the word Yankee, we have to go back in time to Great Britain.  There are two things to discuss here: the melody of the song, and the words used … Continue reading

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