LEBANON RODEO

This week’s Chronicle of the Old West Weekly Radio Show features an interesting conversation with Johnny Hotshot.

What makes the conversation interesting?  Johnny puts on cowboy events in Lebanon…Not Lebanon, Ohio or Missouri, but the country of Lebanon in the Middle East.

To see pictures and get more information go to: http://www.elrancholebanon.com/category.jhtm?cid=39

Incidentally, if you’re not getting the Chronicle of the Old West Weekly Radio Show in your area, give us information on your local talk or country music station and we’ll see if we can change that sad situation.

WILD TOMBSTONE, ARIZONA TERRITORY

On this date back in 1882 the Tucson Daily Star reprinted an article from a New York newspaper about wild Tombstone, Arizona Territory.  It said:

“Few people there die in their beds.  A man with good luck and extraordinary vitality may manage to keep out of the tomb long enough to become a citizen, but such instances are rare.  Not long since Deputy United States Marshal Earp was found with nineteen bullets in his body and he is alive yet.  He seems to be the right sort of man for the place.”

And to think, we’re packing up to go to Tombstone.  I sure hope the same thing that happened to Deputy United States Marshal Virgil Earp doesn’t happen to me…Incidentally, those nineteen bullets were buckshot.

GREAT COWBOY EVENT

There’s a great cowboy music and poetry event coming up February 3 – 5.  It’s the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in Sierra Vista, located in southeastern Arizona.

This year they’re celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of Arizona’s statehood with an outstanding lineup.

One of the headline performers is Bill Barwick, Western Music Associations Male Performer of the Year.

Bill is also joining us on our Following the Legends Cruise to Alaska July 28 to August 4.

The link to the Cochise Cowboy event is: http://www.cowboypoets.com/Site/Home.html.

The link to the Following the Legends Cruise is:  http://chronicleoftheoldwest.com/2012-cruise.shtml

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.

 

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