WHY DID BAT MASTERSON HAVE A CANE?

Have you ever wondered why Bat Masterson always carried a cane?  It sure wasn’t because he thought it was classy.  It was because he needed it.

Back in 1876 Bat Masterson and a Sergeant King were both sparking a Molly Brennan.  Because Sergeant King felt Bat was getting the best of the deal, on this day King came after Bat and the two of them engaged in a shootout.

 Molly jumped in front of Bat to shield him and was killed.  Bat killed Sergeant King.  However, in the process Bat was wounded in the upper thigh.  And for the rest of his life he had a limp requiring the use of a cane.

There are those who say he was called “Bat” because he “batted” people over the head with his cane.

GOLD DISCOVERED AT SAWMILL

It was on this date back in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold at a sawmill he was constructing to provide lumber for building John Sutter’s town he called New Switzerland.

Although Sutter owned thousands of acres in the area, the mill was located on public land.  And at the time of the discovery California was in the process of changing from a possession of Mexico to the United States.  So, he had no way to get legal ownership of the land around the mill.

Neither Sutter nor Marshall were excited about the discovery of gold and tried to keep it a secrete.  Obviously the word got out.

It’s interesting that although Sutter and Marshall discovered the gold, they never profited from it and died broke.


The picture is of James Marshall at the saw mill.

 

CAN YOUR FAVORITE COWBOY ACTOR RIDE A HORSE?

I saw a western movie over the weekend.  As someone who’s put in many a mile horseback, I think it’s funny watching some of those “reel” cowboys ride a horse.  It’s not so bad that someone who’s never ridden wouldn’t pick up on it.  But someone with any level of skill can recognize a novice from an expert.

And speaking of horseback riding, we have a new affiliate.  It’s master horseman, Jim Milton.  Jim has a package that will improve any person’s riding skills.  Even if you don’t have a horse, and only get on one once in a long while, this package can make you look better, and have more fun when you do ride.  It will also help you recognize those movie actors who can and can’t ride.  I’m getting one for myself and Sunny.  Here’s their link: http://www.horse-ridinglessons.com/?hop=cboytocboy

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

 

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