I get intrigued with Old West cowboy terms.  And that intrigue shows itself in that we have an Old West Trivia Contest sponsored by Bronco Sue Custom Hats.  The prize is a custom cowboy hat.  If you would like to check it out go to: http://chronicleoftheoldwest.com/old-west-trivia-shootout2.shtml.

Here are some of my favorite descriptive terms:


BARKIN’ AT A KNOT – Doing something useless.

WEARING THE BUSTLE WRONG – A pregnant woman.

ROUND BROWNS – Cow chips.

TEAR SQUEEZER – A sad story.


Which of your favorite terms did I miss?



On this day back in 1868 Jesse Chisholm died of food poisoning.

Even though the Chisholm Trail is known for its use during the cattle drive era, Jesse wasn’t a cattleman, but a frontier trader.  He had a great knowledge of the southwest that was valuable in trailblazing.

Because he was a trader, Jesse Chisholm’s trail was a straight road with easy river crossings and few steep grades so lumbering heavy freight wagons would have no trouble traveling it.

A year before Chisholm died; his trail also began to be used for cattle drives.  For five years, more than a million head of cattle traveled up the road, creating a path that was 200 to 400 yards wide.  Traces of the trail can still be seen to this day.


Our friend, Michael F. Blake, does a lot of research about the Civil War.  He sent us a couple of links to some recently enhances, and quite frankly, stunning photos from 150 years ago when the United States was being torn apart by this war.

Here are the links: 




It was on this date back in 1872 that President Grant signed the bill creating Yellowstone National Park.

John Colter, the famous mountain man, was the first Anglo to travel through the area.  In 1807, he returned with fantastic stories of steaming geysers and bubbling cauldrons.  People accused the mountain man of telling tall tales and dubbed the area “Colter’s Hell.”

The key to Yellowstone becoming a national park was the 1871 exploration under the direction of the government geologist Ferdinand Hayden.  Hayden brought along photographer William Jackson and artist Thomas Moran to make a visual record of the expedition.  Their images provided the first proof of Yellowstone’s wonders and caught the attention of Congress.

Early in 1872, Congress moved to set aside 1,221,773 acres of public land straddling the future states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho as America’s first national park.

For a nation bent on settling and exploiting the West, the creation of Yellowstone was surprising.  Many congressmen gave it their support simply because they believed the rugged and isolated region was of little economic value.


Today is the 29th of February.  As we all know, the 29th comes about once every four years.  It’s something that came about back during the Roman era, or maybe even before.

 However, there is something related to time that began in the era of the Old West.  That’s time zones.  Do you know how they came about?  Well, click on this video and you will.

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