Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Dakotas

French explorations of North America, beginning in 1534, was a result of the efforts of Jacques Cartier along the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.  Cartier called in Nouvelle-France.  At its peak in 1712, New France consisted of five colonies, each with … Continue reading

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The Pleasant Valley War

In 1881, the citizens of Arizona formed a third county from Maricopa and Pinal counties and named it Gila County.  Gila comes from a Spanish contraction of the Yuma Indian word Hah-quah-sa-eel   which means “salty running water.”  It is a … Continue reading

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Marshal Nix

Evette Dumas Nix, known throughout his life as E. D. Nix, came from a family of lawmen.  Nix was born in mid-September 1861 in Kentucky.  At that time, at the beginning of the American Civil War, Kentucky had a population … Continue reading

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Gunfight at Tres Jacales

It does not take much digging into the history of Mexico and Texas to discover how sorry their relationship has been since around 1800.  Life was never “good” in Mexico for anyone below the level of very wealthy landowners.  Mexico’s … Continue reading

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