NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY

Once again congratulations are in store for Bethany Braley and the National Day of the Cowboy.

Both Missouri and California have passed a resolution to celebrate the 4th Saturday in July as the National Day of the Cowboy. And the great thing is the resolution was passed in perpetuity. For simple people like me, that means for ever and ever.

Incidentally, their web site is: www.nationaldayofthecowboy.org

WYATT’S BIRTHDAY

Boy, did I goof up.  Back on the 19th I posted several special events that took place this week back in the Old West.  And I left out an event that took place on that very day back in 1848.  It was an event that’s particularly important to fans of the OK Corral Shootout.

And I heard about it from several people too.

What was the event?  It was the birth of Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp, or just Wyatt Earp to all his close friends.

Sorry Wyatt.

HAUNTED SALOON

Well folks, right now we’re in Tombstone, Arizona Territory…The town too tough to die.

We’ll here doing some work on our upcoming Tombstone Ultimate Package..

While having dinner at the Chrystal Palace we ran into Terry “Ike” Clanton.  And he invited us to join him on his Tuesday night Internet TV show called The Haunted Saloon.

To see the show go to:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/21250876

When you view the show, the set looks rather sophisticated.  But like most TV and film sets, as you can tell by this picture, much of the sophistication is an illusion.

IMPORTANT WEEK IN OLD WEST

This is an important week in the Old West.  The following events took place:

1823 – Dime novelist Ned Buntline was born.

1834 – Explorer John Wesley Powell was born.

1852 – Wells Fargo was established.

1864 – Artist Charlie Russell was born.

1882 – The first cowboy movie star “Bronco Billy” Anderson was born.

1908 – Writer Louis L’Amour was born.

 Incidentally, the picture is of Ned Buntline.

JIM BRIDGER BORN

On this date back in 1804 that great mountain man Jim Bridger was born.

At the age of 20 Jim headed west along the routes that Lewis and Clark had pioneered. At the age of 21 he was the first white to see the Great Salt Lake…Incidentally; he thought it was the Pacific Ocean.

Getting married to the daughter of a Flathead Indian Chief, he decided to settle down and started a trading post, founding Fort Bridger along the Oregon Trail in Wyoming.

At the age of 64 with eyesight failing and rheumatism, he retired in Westport, Missouri and died at the age of 76 on July 17, 1881.

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