Author Archives: Mustang

About Mustang

US Marine (Retired), historian, writer.

Richard King

In the early days of Texas, almost everyone came from somewhere else.  Richard King, for example, was born in New York City on 10 July 1824.  His family was, as they say, dirt poor … and Irish.  At the age … Continue reading

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Brushy Bill

Some people called him William Henry Roberts, but he was also known as Ollie Partridge William Roberts, Ollie N. Roberts, Ollie L. Roberts, and Brushy Bill Roberts.  It seems as if some of the western old timers changed their names … Continue reading

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Six Gun Kate

When Mexico achieved its independence from Spain in 1821, the area of present-day Arizona became part of the Mexican territory of Nueva California, also Alta California.  During the Mexican-American War (1847-48), the US Army occupied the area of present-day Arizona.  … Continue reading

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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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Poker Alice

Life in the old west was hard on everyone, but it was especially difficult for the ladies.  In the post-Civil War period, it was common for proper young ladies to accompany their new husbands into the western territories.  It was … Continue reading

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Land and Conflict

The entire purpose of European exploration and settlement/colonization was to discover new lands and harvest their resources toward the accumulation of wealth, power, and prestige.  The world’s colonial empires were humongous, and like the vast expanse of the Roman Empire … Continue reading

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Another Fast Gun

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take up the sword will perish by the sword.’” Young people develop romantic notions, limited only by their imagination and circumstances.  It is the primary … Continue reading

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