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Hi Everybody;

This is for anyone who thinks the Old West was a great place, and a fantastic era in American History.

I sure do anyway.


Be sure to read the poem at the end.

Cowboys around the Hoodlum Wagon, Spur Ranch, Texas, 1910

Judging by the saddle style, this unidentified cowboy was working in the late 1870s or 1880s. In his holster, he carries a Colt model 1873 single action revolver with hard rubber grips, and he has looped his left
arm around a Winchester model 1873 carbine in a saddle scabbard. On the back of the photo is the light pencil inscription "Indian fighter."

Snow Tunnel ~ On the Ouray and Silverton Toll Rd ~ Colorado ~ 1888

1899 Concord, Michigan "Buggy & Wagon Shop"

Thankful someone took the time to photograph this type of beauty - April 1937. Buttermilk Junction, Martin County, IN.

1887 - West Center Street, Anaheim, California. Now we have Disneyland

Moser's Guns, Banjos, and Mules at the Livery stable in East Tennessee around 1890.

In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California. That is a huge running crack in the ground. Now they are building houses right on the line as fast as the
boards can be delivered. Hmmmm...

This is what real cowboys looked like in 1887. Not as fancy as on TV, huh!

Some of the toughest, bravest people we know of. They gave it their all to go west and start a new life. This wagon train is in eastern Colorado in 1880.

This moose team belonged to W.R. (Billy/Buffalo Bill) Day. They were found by a Metis near Baptiste Lake in 1910 and were reared by bottle and broken to drive by Mr. Day at Athabasca Landing during the winter of1910. Mr. Day and the moose team hauled mail and supplies.

In the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees had their front teeth removed to avoid service. In our day theyjust jumped the border into Canada.

Here we have a tired old prospector during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Lulu Parr - Her skill with the gun caught the attention of Pawnee Bill, who signed her to his show in 1903. She left that show but came back in 1911. By that time, Pawnee Bill had joined Buffalo Bill's show. Buffalo
Bill was so in awe of Lulu's willingness to ride unbroken ponies that he presented her with an ivory-handled Colt single-action revolver, engraved with "Buffalo Bill Cody to Lulu Parr—1911." A KIND OF PARR FOR THE COARSE?

View from the driver's seat of a 40 mule team. These rigs were used to haul Borax out of Boron, CA and then loaded onto railroads for manufacturing. All this so you could do the laundry! Man, that's a lot of horses!

Hoops had to be removed before taking your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage.

Omaha Board of Trade in Mountains near Deadwood, SD April 26, 1889. It was created in 1889 by Grabill, John C. H., photographer. The picture presents procession of stagecoaches loaded with passengers coming downa mountain road.

This is a stunning photograph from 1862. The image shows a horse-drawn Civil War ambulance crew removing the wounded from a battlefield.

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A poem to which we can relate

I remember the corned beef of my Childhood,
And the bread that we cut with a knife,
When the Children helped with the housework,
And the men went to work not the wife.
The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot,
The Children were seldom unhappy,
And the Wife was content with her lot.
I remember the milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from a freezer; or shop.
The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn't need money for kicks,
Just a game with their friends in the road,
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.
I remember the shop on the corner,
Where biscuits for pennies were sold
Do you think I'm a bit too nostalgic?
Or is it....I'm just getting Old?

Bathing was done in a wash tub,
With plenty of rich foamy suds
But the ironing seemed never ending
As Mum pressed everyone's 'duds'.
I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I swore
Anorexia and diets weren't heard of
And we hadn't much choice what we wore.
Do you think that bruised our ego?
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table
And I think life was better enjoyed.
Author, Unknown..
If you can remember those days...
Continue to enjoy your Retirement.


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Good to read your writings Ben . Thanks for the pictures and story . My favorite photos were the real Cowboys and the stagecoach leading the wagon train .

Unlike a a woman riding a Harley solo , I think a sharpshooting lady is pretty hot .
Lullu was a nice dish , eh ?

Health and Happiness to you in 2018 friend !


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Matchlock, You can post these old photo’s and stories “til who flunk the chunk” – I love them. The bustle’s worn by women of the Civil War era were a problem as women crossed between north and south because they were used to hide contraband such as medications for the southern troops. The picture of the forty team hauling Borax makes me think about the sheer weight of all those reins and the skill needed to handle them. Thanks for posting. Joseph

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My grandfather died in 1964 at the age of 86. He had one picture of himself with all the men on the road crew he worked on. About 40 men with picks and shovels sitting on the road bank for a picture. All dressed pretty much the same and looking like the rugged Americans that built this country. I love them old pictures.

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Marchlock, I gave a "like" -- the best I could do. You merit a like for each shot & the poem --

Here a few from my Family File, not all old & not all West --

Ancestral home, ancestors & friends LaGrange, Texas --

Ancestors in Fayette Co., Texas getting ready to travel --

My Dad on a Flying Merkel in a studio shot, ca.1915, Mississippi --

My Aunt in 1912 Model T Ford, Ardmore, OK. See kerosene parking lights --

Great Uncle in his store, Ardmore, ca. 1915 - note being electrified, empty socket, cord not yet hanging straight --

My Aunt again - buggy & her Model T --

My Mother's cousin ca. 1915, her family ranch Davis Mountains, TX -- I have her SAA --

The .38-40 1906, her Mother gave it to me in 1940 --

Interrupted activity back in the day - My Mother knew who but rarely wrote names on back--

And closer up to date my Dad in front of his gun shop, 1960s ----->

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Thanks for all the "Likes" fellas, I appreciate that.

I must say though, that these were sent to me by my Dad a few days ago, so I really can't take the credit for them. Dad knows I hang around up here and he thought you'd all get a smile from them as I did.

Regards, and thanks again.

I should have mentioned earlier, but my old Dad'll be 95 in May and he's coming up at Christmas time for dinner and a visit. He's also a real fan of the old west just like many of us are.

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More oldies --

Young lady ca. 1905 mounted on her side saddle with her Saturday Nite Special --

One of Mother's distant cousins but she forgot to put name on the back ---

Texas law enfordement in the early 1900s --

My G-Father seated on the right ---

Law enforcement 19-teens Carter Co., OK --

Bud Ballew, Deputy & Sheriff Buck Garrett --- Ballew was notorious for his pistol work saving the county the cost of a trial ---

Sheriff Floyd Randolph 1930s --

Deputies I remember five or more by name, one the father of my then best friend, Saturdays we went to the jail & made prints of murder photos ---

Out in the county till recent years --

Remains of what had been a stage coach stop back in the day ---->
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