FESTIVAL OF THE WEST

I spoke to Mary Brown, the Head Wrangler for Festival of the West.  For those of you who are not familiar with Festival of the West, it’s one of the premier Old West events that usually takes place in Phoenix, Arizona.

 Mary indicated the attempt to sell the event didn’t work out, and she has it back.  Because of time constraints the event won’t be held this year.

 However she’s still looking for someone to take over as producer of the event.  And she said she may have something important to share in the near future.

 I would advise anyone who wants to know when something happens, to periodically visit their web site.  When Mary gets everything lined up, the web site will be activated again.  The web address is:  http://www.festivalofthewest.com

 

THE OLD WEST IN BRAZIL

I just picked up a new friend on Facebook from Brazil. His name is Edivaldo Martins. He’s a part of a group of Old West enthusiasts. And do they ever have a great presence on the Internet.

Once again, I’m blown over by how people around the world are intrigued with the Old West.  Edivaldo and fellow cowboys, keep up the good work.

Their sight is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CINECLUBE-DOS-AMIGOS-DO-WESTERN-CAW/155922034487917

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.

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