THE HORSE SOLDIERS

One of the great John Fort – John Wayne movies in the 1950’s is The Horse Soldiers.  It also stars William Holden and Constance Towers.

 It’s loosely based on the Battle of Newton’s Station at the time of the Civil War.

 There is some rare footage available that took place during the filming.  To view it go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D15Hs_AXc8&feature=player_embedded

CALICO GHOST TOWN

Once again we’re packing for another trip.  This one is to Southern California.

I don’t know how may of you are aware of an Old West venue in Barstow, California called Calico Ghost Town.  Calico is neat Old West town that was originally a mining town.  We’ll be stopping by there and do a conversation for our weekly show about the unique origins of the town and what it is today.

Then we’ll be heading on over to another town you may just have heard about.  It’s called Hollywood.  We’ll be going to the Golden Age Theater and see a performance of a western old time radio show.  This should be fun and interesting.

LOUIS L’AMOUR CONTEST

I sure hope everyone is checking out the Louis L’Amour Trivia Contest.  Each month we have a trivia question about Louis L’Amour and his writing.

 We have a monthly winner with a prize of Louis L’Amour logo merchandise.  Then, at the end of the year all of the monthly winners are entered in a drawing for a complete collection of Louis L’Amour’s 120 books valued at $625.

Last month’s winner was Kay Lettner of Port Richey, Florida.

To enter just click on the Louis L’Amour plank above.  As they say, “If you don’t enter, you can’t win.

ARIZONA RANGERS

Each Sunday morning we send to subscribers a story about something that happened during the current week in the Old West.

This past Sunday’s story was about the Arizona Rangers.  We had several people remark about watching an early TV series about the Arizona Rangers called “26 Men.”  Unfortunately, we didn’t have a TV at that time.

Anyone can subscribe to “This Week In The Old West.”  And it’s free.  To get your weekly story just go to: http://chronicleoftheoldwest.com/this_week_in_the_old_west-signup-new.shtml

 

HORSELESS CARRIAGE

Lorelei’s comment about missing the “horseless” carriage, and how pioneers couldn’t carry all their household goods when they left the East was interesting.

Did you know that, although the dimensions were different, the square feet of the bed of a covered wagon is about the same as the square feet of today’s California king bed?

Can you imagine putting everything you own and the food you’ll need for the next few months on a California king bed?

Another interesting piece of trivia:  When the wagons left St. Joseph, Missouri they were inevitably overloaded.  Within a few miles down the road the pioneers would start throwing things out.  Scavengers would follow each wagon train; pick up the discards; take the back to St. Joseph; and sell them to the next wagon train.

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