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...
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...
Yuma Territorial Prison

Yuma Territorial Prison

One of the most famous prisons from the days of the Old West is the Yuma Territorial Prison. The prison was in operation from 1876 until 1909. It is no longer in use, of course, but remains as a famous part of western history and can still be toured today. The prison...
Pete Kitchen: Arizona Pioneer

Pete Kitchen: Arizona Pioneer

Pete Kitchen is said to have established the first ranch in Arizona, just north of Nogales, Mexico, in 1862. Pete served in the Mexican War, arriving in Tucson in 1854. He became very proficient with both pistol and rifle. He was especially good with his rifle, and...
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...