Outlaws and Vigilantes in Montana

Outlaws and Vigilantes in Montana

Nothing draws a crowd like discovering gold. That is what happened in the Territory of Montana in 1862 and 1863. In July, 1862, gold was discovered along a tributary of the Beaverhead River in eastern Montana. This led to the formation of the town of Bannack. In May...
Judge Roy Bean: Fact and Fiction

Judge Roy Bean: Fact and Fiction

Judge Roy Bean is a popular, colorful figure in the history of the old West. Here are a few items of fact and fiction about Roy Bean: Fiction: Roy Bean was a “hanging judge”. In fact, Roy Bean is known to have sentenced only two men to hang, and one of them escaped....
Dallas in the 1870’s: Truly the Wild West!

Dallas in the 1870’s: Truly the Wild West!

Myra Maybelle Shirley moved to a town called Scyene, Texas in 1864. Neither the town nor the lady’s name is well known at this point. Scyene is now a part of the city of Dallas (in the southeastern corner of the city). Myra married a man named Jim Reed in 1866, and...
Outlaw Sam Bass

Outlaw Sam Bass

My book “Mike Stone: Texas Ranger” was centered around the Austin, Texas area, and there was a background story concerning a Texas outlaw named Sam Bass. Bass was famous (maybe infamous) for a large train robbery in Nebraska, among other crimes. The Nebraska train...
Land Grant Program

Land Grant Program

My book “McCabe’s Luck” references a land grant program for Civil War veterans. That program actually existed for about two years in the state of Texas, giving a land grant of 1,280 acres to disabled veterans. The Texas Legislature passed an act on April 9, 1881 to...