THIS WEEK IN THE OLD WEST

How would you like to start each week off with an interesting story about the Old West?  We have a “This Week In The Old West” feature where each Sunday morning you will receive a story via email about something that happened in the current week back in the Old West.  And it’s FREE!  Here’s just a part of this week’s story:

Today’s story is about a man who was a dentist.  But he gave up his career to go out west and gain fame in a completely different profession.  Do you think you know the person I’m talking about?  You may be surprised.

Pearl Grey was born on January 31, 1872.  He was a talented baseball player, and played for the University of Pennsylvania while getting a degree in dentistry.  Pearl was scheduled to follow in his father’s footsteps as a dentist.  Looking for some excitement, he played some semi-pro baseball.  But that didn’t satisfy his need.

Incidentally, Pearl never liked his first name, which was thought by everyone to be a woman’s name.  So he decided to change it to his mother’s maiden name, Zane.

Then we tell some of the accomplishments of Zane Grey.  You can sign up by going to this link:  http://chronicleoftheoldwest.com/this_week_in_the_old_west-signup-new.shtml

 

CONTINUING THE VAQUERO TRADITION

Our good friend Lee Anderson has just made the final arrangements on a contract with Moonlight Mesa Publications to publish his book Developing the Art of Equine Communication.

About four years ago Lee picked up an injured horse from the racetrack.  Because of Lee’s training skills, this horse he named Concho has become more famous than Lee.  They both perform throughout the Southwest in the traditional Vaquero style.

To see a sample of Lee and Concho’s skills go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd6qBns676c&feature=plcp&context=C3123dceUDOEgsToPDskLuNl8FoayqrVoBeer-cta4

 

28TH ANNUAL COWBOY GATHERING

The grandfather of all cowboy gathering events will be held at Elko, Nevada from January 30 to February 4.

For the last 27 years cowboys, ranchers, rural and urban people have traveled to this small high desert community.

This year’s event will focus on the southwestern United States.  To get more information visit www.westernfolklife.org.

Incidentally, one may ask why would they have this event during January in Nevada.  This is because when they started the event this was the only time of the year when the weather was so bad that the cowboys could get time off to attend the event.

LITTLE BIG HORN

Saw the Custer special last night on PBS.  What always intrigues me about the Little Big Horn is that the East got the news on July 6, 1876, just a couple of days after celebrating the 100th birthday of the United States.  Until then the average citizen thought the Indian wars were a thing of the past.

Can you imagine the highs and the lows they experienced in a couple of days?

And speaking of highs and lows, with the defeat of Custer, Crazy Horse must have felt he could take on the whole world and be victorious.  However with the American people demanding revenge, General Nelson Miles was sent on a winter campaign after Crazy Horse.  And in May of 1877, less than a year after the Little Big Horn, Crazy Horse along with his rag-tag group of 217 men and 672 women surrendered.

GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER

Of all the Old West characters Wyatt Earp is probably the most controversial.  There are those who think he was the Old West’s greatest lawman, and others who say he was a con man.

Not far behind him is George Armstrong Custer.  There are those who feel he was a great military tactician, and others who believe he was a publicity hound.

 Tonight the PBS history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE will be airing a two hour special on Custer as a part of their month-long “Wild West” collection.  You can catch it at 8/7 C on PBS

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