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The longest-serving scout PDF Print E-mail

There were scouts who worked for the army who may be better known…Buffalo Bill Cody for one. But, as we shall see today, there was none who served longer or were better at the job than Albert Sieber.    Al Sieber was born in Germany on February 29, 1844. As a young boy, he, his brothers and sisters and his mother migrated to Pennsylvania. He served on the Union side during the Civil War…during which time he was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Gettysburg.

 
Muscle beats steam PDF Print E-mail

The train was hailed as the speediest means of transportation available in the 1880’s. The slowest was an oxcart. But that wasn’t always so.
The coming of the railroad was considered one of the greatest things to happen in the Old West. It made possible the transportation of goods and people from the industrialized east to the frontier west. The train also was able to cut that travel time down considerably.

 
Montana's Lynch Law PDF Print E-mail

By Dakota Livesay

This week in the old west

Western movies show lynch mobs as a group of crazed cowboys who, after using liquor to muster up their courage, confront the sheriff with lynch rope in hand…but it wasn’t always that way.
This wasn’t the first occurrence of its kind in Helena, Montana; just one of the better documented ones.

 
Marriage changes the wild ways of a gambler-gunfighter PDF Print E-mail

By Dakota Livesay
This week in the old west    
Being a famous gun fighter and gambler wasn’t a lifestyle that was conducive to marriage. However there was one such gun fighter and gambler and his wife who made it work.
It seems that in the Old West gun fighting and gambling went hand-in-hand. Although a gunfight could take place at any time, gambling usually took place at night. So, sporting men would sleep during the day and they were out on the town from sunset till morning…the whole time drinking more than their share of whiskey.

 
Rise and fall of the largest ranch PDF Print E-mail

Cattle ranches were big in the Old West. But the biggest wasn’t even owned by cattlemen. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even owned by Americans.
Following the Civil War, the Texas cattle industry started booming. “Get Rich Quick” books were written about all the money to be made raising and selling cattle. Some of the books drifted over to Europe. After reading one of these books, Englishmen John and Charles Farwell decided they wanted a piece of the action.

 
Undesirable neighbor can be deadly PDF Print E-mail

Today, having an undesirable next-door-neighbor can be a real pain. As you’ll see, in the Old West it could be deadly.

 
Completion of transcontinental telegraph brings good news to President Lincoln PDF Print E-mail

The transcontinental telegraph connected the east with the west. The day of its completion was good news for President Abraham Lincoln, but it wasn’t for the reason you may think.

 
Birth of the Texas Rangers PDF Print E-mail

Back in 1835 while revolting against its own country, the rebels formed a group of armed and mounted men to help protect the borders of that soon to be independent nation. And, you know what, that group is still in existence today.  

 
A man on both sides of the law PDF Print E-mail

A thumbnail biography of Lon Chambers would be…Lawman and train robber. Sound like a dichotomy? Obviously not to Lon, because, as we shall see, that’s just what he was…a lawman and a train robber.
Lon Chambers wasn’t unlike many a man in the Old West. His respect for the law was based on whether or not it was convenient for him to obey it.

 
Wild Bill loses as lawman PDF Print E-mail

During his lifetime, Wild Bill Hickok was a lawman on several occasions. In administering the law, he was a no-nonsense person who tended to “shoot first and ask questions later.”
There was at least one instance where his fast guns shortened his career as a lawman.

 
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