Category Archives: New Mexico

Old Paint

Following the French and Indian War (1754-63), the British colony of Virginia extended from the Atlantic seaboard to the eastern bank of the Mississippi River.  Few British subjects traveled beyond the Appalachian Mountains until the early 1770s.  The area of … Continue reading

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Olive Oatman Fairchild

Background Joseph Smith Jr. (1805 – 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saints movement.  Smith was born in Vermont, but by 1817, he had moved with his family to Western New York, which was … Continue reading

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Pancho Villa

… and the Punitive Expedition of 1916 ____________ Introduction Historical negationism is an intentional distortion of the historical record.  It attempts to revise the past by telling a different story about the people who participated in historical events.  In most … Continue reading

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Death in Two Parts

The Story of Black Jack Ketchum Whenever anyone has absolutely nothing to call their own, and they happen upon someone else’s property, particularly when no one is looking, they find in this an opportunity for self-enrichment that cost them nothing … Continue reading

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Henry Newton Brown

Henry was never the brightest bulb in the box, but he was probably typical of young men in the Old West.  He was born in Missouri but was orphaned early in his life, raised by his uncle Jasper Richardson until … Continue reading

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The Timely End of Pecos Bob

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” —Aristotle Introduction In terms of geologic time, the American west was settled in the blink of an eye, but in terms of the human experience, which involved much suffering, terror, sorrow, and … Continue reading

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Miss Catherine’s Boys

Some Background Between 1620 and 1775, nearly two-thirds of all European immigrants to the American colonies arrived under indentures.  An indenture is a legal contract between two parties for either labor or an apprenticeship.  An individual interested in indenturing themselves … Continue reading

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Lincoln County War

A story about America’s most corrupt state. Between 1845 and 1850, a devastating fungus destroyed Ireland’s potato crop.  During these years, over a million Irishmen died from starvation and related diseases; twice that number immigrated to other lands, around 500,000 … Continue reading

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Old West vs. Hollywood West

What most of us learned about the Old West, as kids, was what we saw at the cinema and on early black and white television.  It was great fun.  In my day, we all looked forward to the Saturday matinees … Continue reading

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Jim Courtright

Born Timothy Isaiah Courtright near Springfield, Illinois, during the spring of 1845, Courtright married Sarah Elizabeth Weeks in 1870 and may have had three children.  Courtright enlisted in the Union Army when he was just 17-years of age and fought … Continue reading

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