George Hearst: “Boy The Earth Talks To”

George Hearst: “Boy The Earth Talks To”

George Hearst was the first great mining magnate of the American West. Born in Missouri in 1820, there was no public education available. He had an interest in mining from an early age and read books on the subject supplied by his family doctor. In addition, he...
King of the Gold Chasers

King of the Gold Chasers

Photo is of “Klondikers” carrying supplies ascending the Chilkoot Pass, 1900. Photo Credit: COURTESY OF GEORGE G. CANTWELL PHOTO, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON LIBRARIES, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Captain William Moore lived an extraordinary life, much of it centered...
Balaam, the Fighting Mule

Balaam, the Fighting Mule

*Note: The photo above is not of Pink Ayers and Balaam, the mule; it was provided by the Texas Gillespie County Historical Society. On August 5, 1873, there was a battle with Mescalero Apaches in Llano County, Texas, that became known as the battle of Packsaddle...
Tracker Extraordinaire

Tracker Extraordinaire

Raymond Hatfield Gardner was captured by Comanche Indians as a one-year-old child while crossing Texas in a wagon train. At age nine, his captors traded him to the Sioux tribe. The trading price demanded by the Comanches? Nine ponies, eight blankets and two girls! He...
Nelson Story’s Famous Drive

Nelson Story’s Famous Drive

The name Nelson Story is synonymous with a famous cattle drive from Texas to Virginia City Montana, covering 1,400 miles and establishing the cattle industry in Montana. Story began his cattle drive in Texas in 1866 with 1,000 cows, though some say he had 3,000 cows....
The Legend of Mountain Charley

The Legend of Mountain Charley

Mountain Charley was a colorful character from the pages of the American West who worked as a fur trader, railroad brakeman, opened and ran a saloon in Denver, worked on a riverboat steamer and served in the Civil War. Unusual fact about Mountain Charley: she was a...