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.

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.

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