J.W. McCorlde just sent us a comment about his brother-in-law telling him about Cowboy To Cowboy.  It reminded me of some other Old West brothers-in-law.

Back in 1873, Clint Barkley was in Texas when he murdered a man.  Clint immediately bugged out of the area and went to Lampasas, Texas to seek help from his brother-in-law, Merritt Horrell.

Merritt was one of five Horrell brothers who were operating a cattle ranch.  The Horrell brothers weren’t exactly angels, but they did manage not to get crossways with the law…that is until brother-in-law Barkley arrived.

Shortly after Barkley arrived at the Horrell’s, Texas Ranger Captain Thomas Williams and three policemen arrived.  Ever loyal to their relatives, the Horrell’s said they wouldn’t turn over their dear brother-in-law.

On March 19, 1873, four of the Horrell brothers, Barkley and some other cowboys went to the Matador Saloon, and waited for the law to arrive.  And arrive they did, right through the front door.  The two groups exchanged gun shots.  Captain Williams and two of his men were immediately killed.  The third retreated, wounding two of the Horrell group in the process.

The two Horrell men were arrested.  Now brother-in-law Barkley took action.  On March 25, he and members of the Horrell faction raided the jail.  Barkley took a sledge-hammer to the jail door.  With led flying everywhere, Barkley was wounded, but he kept pounding until the prisoners were rescued.

Brother-in-law Barkley stuck with the Horrell brothers until they were all either killed or hanged by vigilantes.  No longer having any brothers-in-law to hang around with, Barkley left the area, and was never heard from again.


One of the great John Fort – John Wayne movies in the 1950’s is The Horse Soldiers.  It also stars William Holden and Constance Towers.

 It’s loosely based on the Battle of Newton’s Station at the time of the Civil War.

 There is some rare footage available that took place during the filming.  To view it go to:


Once again we’re packing for another trip.  This one is to Southern California.

I don’t know how may of you are aware of an Old West venue in Barstow, California called Calico Ghost Town.  Calico is neat Old West town that was originally a mining town.  We’ll be stopping by there and do a conversation for our weekly show about the unique origins of the town and what it is today.

Then we’ll be heading on over to another town you may just have heard about.  It’s called Hollywood.  We’ll be going to the Golden Age Theater and see a performance of a western old time radio show.  This should be fun and interesting.


I sure hope everyone is checking out the Louis L’Amour Trivia Contest.  Each month we have a trivia question about Louis L’Amour and his writing.

 We have a monthly winner with a prize of Louis L’Amour logo merchandise.  Then, at the end of the year all of the monthly winners are entered in a drawing for a complete collection of Louis L’Amour’s 120 books valued at $625.

Last month’s winner was Kay Lettner of Port Richey, Florida.

To enter just click on the Louis L’Amour plank above.  As they say, “If you don’t enter, you can’t win.


Each Sunday morning we send to subscribers a story about something that happened during the current week in the Old West.

This past Sunday’s story was about the Arizona Rangers.  We had several people remark about watching an early TV series about the Arizona Rangers called “26 Men.”  Unfortunately, we didn’t have a TV at that time.

Anyone can subscribe to “This Week In The Old West.”  And it’s free.  To get your weekly story just go to:


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