There were scandals and scoundrels throughout the west. Consider the dance instructor that sued a cable-car company because an accident turned her into a nymphomaniac. She was awarded $50,000.
The Other Side of the Mountain
In its early days, The Owens Valley provided a refuge for the Paiute Indians who sought solitude from the white man that was intruding on California. Still, the white man eventually stumbled on the Owens Valley, and like much of California, settled there and laid claim to Indian territory.Today, the most prominent landmark of the Owens…
The Ten Worst Wild West Outlaws
The outlaws rampaged through the countryside, often killing, raping, or mutilating their victims. While all were finally captured, it sometimes took the wiles of the best western lawmen or troops of soldiers to bring the villains to justice.
Lawmen of the old west played a juggling act as far as the law was concerned. The lawman had be both tougher and smarter than his outlaw counterpart or the outlaw would win. Most the sheriffs and marshals wearing badges played at gambling, often…
Odd and Unusual Tales from the Old West
Read about the Seven Little Indians, who hard-bitten mountain men could not bring themselves to put to death following an Indian battle. The reader will also find a story of the Headless Horseman, a true tale that happened in Texas. The legend of…
The Big Four Railroad Barons and Other Railroad Stories
The Big Four—Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford and Charles Crocker—ruled California government, both state and local, for thirty years. The Southern Pacific Railroad, which they owned, was the single largest corporation in California…
The Bawdy House Girls
The Bawdy House Girls were among the first at a new gold strike, ready to peddle their desirable ware to the sex-hungry gold miners. Their lives in the gold camps were usually deplorable and many died from alcoholism, disease, drug overdose, or…
The Real Story of John C. Fremont
John Fremont was impetuous and rash in his decisions, one of which got him court martialed. Still he was credited with blazing passes that opened California for immigrants.
El Muerto, The Headless Horseman
The Headless horseman terrorized settlers, town citizens, outlaws and cowboys alike when they saw this creature roam the southwest Texas plains on a dun-colored horse.
Little Known Tales in Oklahoma History
Oklahoma is a young state but its history goes back to the 1540s. Oklahoma Territory was originally planned as an area for the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians. Pressure from white settlers forced the government to open up the territory to…
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