THUNDER OVER THE PRAIRIE

It seems we’re going to be blessed with another western movie. Director Walter Hill is putting together an adaptation of the Chris Enss/Howard Kazanjian book Thunder Over The Prairie. Thunder Over The Prairie is the story of the greatest posse ever assembled…Charlie Bassett, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and Bill Tilghman…that went after the killer of Dora Hand.

Incidentally, Walter Hill has also directed Broken Trail, the Long Riders and Geronimo. He should do a great job with Thunder.

We’ll keep you appraised of the progress of this movie.

PONY EXPRESS

On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail riders, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet’s arrival in St. Joseph by two days and setting a new standard for mail delivery.

Before the Pony Express a letter was delivered by ship or Butterfield Express, which could take from one to several months. So the ten day delivery was quite an improvement.

Unfortunately, as the Pony Express riders were riding east and west, they would come across men putting poles in the ground and stringing wire for the first transcontinental telegraph, which was completed in October 1861. With the transcontinental telegraph, there was no need for the Pony Express, and it ceased operations.

OLD TUCSON STUDIOS II

One of the performers at Old Tucson Studios was our friend Rob Doudell, who’s the spitin’ image of Gabby Hayes.

Although we’ve been there before to do interviews for our radio show and attend a Western Music Association event, this is the first time I’ve spent any time there…at least not three days.

Old Tucson Studios is a fun place to go, even if you aren’t a tenderfoot. As a bonus, everyone who works there is always friendly and helpful.

OLD TUCSON STUDIOS

We’re presently at Tucson, Arizona attending the Old Tucson Studios Wild West Weekend.

There are gunfights…right next to our booth…stagecoach rides and about everything else Old West.

Right across from us is a donkey and mule. They not only add to the visual ambiance, they also provide the aroma of the Old West.

Incidentally, Sourdough Slim is our own personal entertainment.

Do stop by if you’re in the area

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

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