WILD WEST DAYS

We’re packing to head down to Tucson, Arizona and Old Tucson Studios for Tucson Studios’ Wild West Days.  At one time they were the location of several John Wayne movies and High Chaparral.   Here’s how they describe the event:

“Get ready for a rip roarin’ good time as Old Tucson presents Wild West Days – a salute to southwestern History, Heritage and Culture on Friday, March 30 thru Sunday, April 1, 2012! If you’re looking for an experience to remember, don’t miss the 3rd Annual Wild West Days! This three-day festival celebrates Old Tucson’s emergence as Southern Arizona’s destination for showcasing local History, Culture and Heritage in the western tradition. This exciting event pleases all ages with an array of daily educational presentations as well as exciting entertainment and activities.”

If you’re going to be in the area stop by and say HI!

Here’s a link to their web site: www.oldtucson.com

GOLIAD

We all know of the Texan’s battle cry of “Remember the Alamo” during their battle with Mexico. But there was a second part to that battle cry.

On this date back in 1836 Santa Anna’s army defeated a group of Texans at Goliad. When they surrendered he took 417 revolutionaries out and executed them.

His thinking was that an inexplicable act such as this would break the rebel’s spirit. Instead it inspired them, and the battle cry became “Remember the Alamo and Goliad!”

Less than a month later, Texan forces under General Sam Houston dealt a stunning blow to Santa Anna’s army in the Battle of San Jacinto, and Texas won its independence.

GOOD SAM RALLY

I spent the weekend in Phoenix at the Good Sam National Rally. I did three presentations to the attendees. At each presentation all the chairs in the tent were filled. There were about a thousand people in total who heard the presentations.

I did one presentation on what it was like to be a pioneer in 1845 coming out west. The other two were about what a wrangler experienced on an 1869 cattle drive from Texas to Kansas.

It always amazes and excites me how people enjoy the history of our American West…as you do.

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.

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