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...
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...