Category Archives: History

John Murrell

John Andrews Murrell (1806 – November 21, 1844), the “Great Western Land Pirate” also known as John A. Murrell and commonly spelled as Murel and Murrel, was a bandit and criminal operating in the United States, along the Mississippi River, … Continue reading

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Medieval Chivalry Wasn’t Just Knights and Valor

Chivalry was a violent, often grisly, phenomenon. “It’s hands-on cutting and thrusting. It’s a very bloody profession, and [people from the last several centuries] admire it to excess,” says Kaeuper, a professor at the University of Rochester. But he also … Continue reading

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The Fire That Inspired a National Network of Lookout Towers

In 1911, the US Forest Service was tasked with putting out fires as fast as possible, a mandate driven in part by a huge fire that burned across a massive section of United States the year before — a devastating … Continue reading

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Jim Bowie

James “Jim” Bowie was a frontiersman, explorer, and pioneer, who played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo. James was born in Logan County, Kentucky on April 10, 1796, to … Continue reading

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Old skool barbecue

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Something you probably didn’t learn about in school

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Okay, this is cool

(CNN) — While many uncovered time capsules remind people of a bygone era, one found underneath a Confederate statue in New Orleans revisits a time some may want to forget. Curators at the Louisiana State Museum on Friday unveiled the … Continue reading

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Old Skool Barrel Making

Prior to the development of deep hole drilling, most barrels were made by forge welding a tube and reaming it. (Brass barrels were core castings.) There are several ways to weld a tube but the simplest and one most commonly … Continue reading

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Old Bill Williams

William Sherley Williams, better known as “Old Bill”, was a Mountain Man, explorer, army scout, and frontiersman. Bill was born on a farm in Polk County, North Carolina on June 3, 1787, the fourth of nine children of Joseph and … Continue reading

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And now you know…

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Blind Bat

The December 2004 edition of Military Officer magazine summoned all former Blind Bats to Biloxi, Mississippi from April 28-30, 2005, for a “Batfest” reunion. “Blind Bats”? Who? Well, that’s what we wanted to know. The journey to learn about the … Continue reading

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“It’ll only hurt for a second”

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Jim Moore

James “Jim” Alexander Moore (1840-1873) – One of the first Pony Express riders hired in the St. Joseph, Missouri division, James was born on May 18, 1840 in Poland, Ohio to James and Margaret Finley Moore. When James was just … Continue reading

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“You’re gonna get it now”

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Fuck with me…

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A Tribute to Loyce Edward Deen


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The Comancheros

The Comancheros were an ethnically mixed group of New Mexican traders who made their living by trading with the Comanche, Kiowa, and other Plains tribes in the late 18th and 19th centuries mostly in northeastern New Mexico and West Texas. … Continue reading

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Oops, somebody done fucked up

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Old Skool

I’m diggin’ the little windshield for her.

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Black Jack Christian

Will “Black Jack” Christian, aka: Ed Williams, 202 (1871-1897) – Leader of a gang of robbers called the High Fives Gang, he and his brother older brother Bob would roam Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona where they robbed banks, trains, … Continue reading

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