Category Archives: History

Mexican California and the Bear Flag Revolt

No one can fully understand the relationship between Mexico and the United States without also understanding the history of Spain, of New Spain, its transition to the Republic of Mexico, and of course the concomitant relationships between the American colonies … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum Period, California, History, Mexican American War, Westward Expansion | 2 Comments

Mysterious Johnny …

Except for San Francisco, California, there was not much opulence in the Old West.  In place of lavishness most of the old west towns offered an abundance of saloons, gambling houses, and brothels.  With one saloon or gambling house after … Continue reading

Posted in History | 4 Comments

Murderous Rage

The Confederacy was already dead by early April 1865.  With Robert E. Lee’s defeat at Sailor’s Creek, fighting in the Eastern Theater came to an end.  Fighting did continue in Alabama with Nathan Bedford Forrest struggling against James Wilson’s cavalry, … Continue reading

Posted in Civil War, History, Justice, Texas, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Terry’s Texas Rangers

Benjamin Franklin Terry (whom everyone called Frank) was born on 18 February 1821 in Russellville, Kentucky, the son of Joseph and Sarah Smith Terry.  Joseph’s Grandfather was Nathaniel Terry; Sarah’s Grandfather was David Smith … both of whom served as … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum Period, Civil War, History, Texas, Texas Rangers | 2 Comments

The Harpe Brothers

Before the American Revolution, there were thirteen British colonies.  After the war, there were thirteen American (loosely confederated) states with much work remaining within the states and at the national level.  Much of this work fell upon the shoulders of … Continue reading

Posted in History | 3 Comments

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

Posted in History | 4 Comments

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

Posted in History | 5 Comments

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

Posted in History | 3 Comments

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

Posted in History | 6 Comments

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

Posted in History | 2 Comments