The Leadville Chronicle
May 20 - May 26, 2004--Hoodoo Brown and that ol' Leadville magic By Roger Peterson
From washerwoman to State-Street siren, Lizzie Brown was one of the West’s most colorful characters. Her story is told here in an excerpt from Roger Pretti’s book “Mining, Mayhem and Other Carbonate Excitements—Tales From a Silver Camp Called Leadville.”
Added by Gay Mathis on December 31, 2009 at 4:49pm —
December 31, 2009
Always a day of reflection as the efforts of the old year recede into oblivion and the hopes of a new year loom. Yesterday I went through my daytimer and made two categories: things I failed miserably at and things I accomplished successfully. The first list is long and I won't bore you. The second list is personal and I won't bore you although I will say I am very proud and thankful that we are holding our own in this economy. The idea, or concept, is to take the… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 31, 2009 at 3:22pm —
December 30, 2009
Overcast and cool out, but not cold. A skeleton crew in the office, just me, Carole, Sheri, Abby, Ron, Lynda and Joe.
Worked this morning on a couple landscapes, starting with this one of a pale storm over Elephant Butte:
Decent colors. Also started a big Navajo sky study:
Need to put in the foreground. Going to be riders coming… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 30, 2009 at 11:00am —
December 29, 2009
Back from the Grand Canyon. It was Kathy's gift to me, and our family spent two days at the South Rim in Yavapai Lodge. Lots of snow and ice and a blustery northern Arizona patented wind that went right through every layer of clothing we had on, but, amazingly, it was invigorating. We drove out to several lookout points west of El Tovar, for sunrise yesterday morning (7:38) and watched a dull red skyline mush out.
Prior to leaving for the canyon, I got… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 29, 2009 at 11:24am —
If any of yall are comin thru the Fort Smith Area on New Years Eve yuns are welcome to stop by. We are havin a cowboy celebration at my store, free coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider. Festivities start about 8 pm and last till we get sleepy. The whole town is comin so dress out and wear your irons. Have a great New Year.
Added by Sixgun on December 29, 2009 at 9:18am —
I just was reading the article by Jeff Smith about the adventure down in Videl Calif. at one of Wyatt Earps mine holdings. My Grandfather told me stories of running into Wyatt Earp and Josie in Victoria B.C. where they were planning to explore the gold areas of B,C, including the Sab Juan river and the west coast of the island has anyone else heard if they were on the Island, and if so where .Now my Grandfather died in 1963 at the ripe age of 98 his name was Harold Christopher Ridgway,… Continue
Added by Chris Ridgway on December 25, 2009 at 1:30pm —
December 24, 2009
Yesterday I scanned a movie still that had the Animas Mountains in the background and had Robert Ray dropsend it to our art director, Dan the Man as a tiff, so he could monkey around with it for our proposed train cover. Here is what the talented Mr. Harshberger came up with:
Pretty sweet. Love the movie poster lettering on the names. And, no Will Shetterly, Dan the Man put the smoke and the train going… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 24, 2009 at 1:00pm —
December 23, 2009
The Lioness, Meghan Saar, gifted me with a rare Billy the Kid artifact:
She assures me this pistol-knife set is accurate and "authentic" to the tiniest detail. Notice the bullet hooks made of pure gold. Notice the image of Billy on the handle that's obviously lifted from the Noah Rose abomination which I worked for years to replace (with better images of the Kid), but no, they used the Rose version of the… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 23, 2009 at 3:00pm —
People seem to think that all cavalry mounts were perfectly trained and ready to go on campaign and into battle with no issues (i.e., like in the movies). The reality, sad to say, is somewhat different and even the smallest things can cause problems unless horses are conditioned for it. Even things as trivial as the noise of a saber being drawn or waving a sword above the horse's head can cause a real rodeo unless the horse has been desensitized.
The following is a brief description… Continue
Added by Adam Lid on December 23, 2009 at 11:00am —
December 23, 2009
Really chilly out this morning. Our porch thermometer says 45 degrees. I realize this is a heatwave to Julie in Wyoming and Bill in Canada, but Man, it's downright debilitating for a desert rat. Ha.
News From The Front Lines
Had an interesting report from Carole yesterday. A woman named Rebecca Markey from West Lawn, Pennsylvania called saying she saw me on the Westerns Channel doing a True West Moment and in it I mentioned that you could… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 23, 2009 at 10:13am —
December 22, 2009
Charlie Waters' birthday today. Called him at 7:15 A.M. and woke up Linda, his wife. Charlie was asleep as well. Turns out it was 6:15 in Vegas. Ouch! I told him this was de ja Vegas: in 1962 me and Rick Ridenour were in Vegas with my parents and we stayed up late (we twisted on the stage with Chubby Checker at the Sands earlier, then took a cab and tried to find call girls—we were 15 but we did have ties on—and the cabbie just laughed at us and dropped us off at… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 22, 2009 at 4:42pm —
May the Great Spirit grant all of you a wonderful Holiday Season and Great New Year. I have enjoyed my time here and in the Spirit of the Season I wish you all Peace.
Added by Ginny Morgan on December 22, 2009 at 11:33am —
December 21, 2009
Several have asked me how the birthday dinner went and I have to say, those chicken fried buffalo steaks are just the best (check out buffaloguys.com). So much leaner than beef, with all the taste. Bud and Carole Glenn joined us and Carole took this photo of us after dinner:
Yes, that homely little tree I bought at the Christmas Tree Lot at School House Road in downtown Cave Creek. Paid $50 for the runt.… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 21, 2009 at 1:30pm —
December 21, 2009
Counting every step I take: it's 27 steps to the chicken coop from the house. It's 70 steps to the end of the driveway to get the newspaper. It's 12 steps from the kitchen to the bathroom, it's three steps from the kitchen table to the refrigerator. And, it's 560 steps from our front door to the top of the hill on Old Stage Road, it's 960 steps to the creek on Rockaway Hills and 2001 steps total back to our house (yes, I got a pedometer for my B-Day).
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 21, 2009 at 10:15am —
December 19, 2009
Got a raft of Birthday greetings from around the world, literally. Frederic Nolan sent me a cool email card. Kathy gave me four cards, hidden, like Easter eggs, around the house (one on this computer). The Top Secret Writer congratulated me for "crawling to another B-Day." Then he added this:
"Speaking of age my morning paper obits inform us that Gene Barry --Bat Masterson--and Jennifer Jones --Duel In The Sun
--have died. Both were 90."
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 19, 2009 at 2:37pm —
December 19, 2009
Lots to report, but I got this from our Westerns Editor, Henry Beck this morning and just had to share:
The Adventures of Doc Holliday.
Check it out.
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 19, 2009 at 9:16am —
December 18, 2009
Deena Bell was on ABC 15 news last night. A report on DUIs by Christina Boomer featured my daughter taking a breathalyzer test. Hope she doesn't do jail time. Ha. Here's the link to the story: Breathalyzers.
Click on the link (with the video camera logo): Company offers Scottsdale… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 18, 2009 at 3:00pm —
In the 18th century and early 19th century, the acting profession was considered sinful and actors were subject to social ostracism. However, by the mid-19th century actors could be considered quite socially respectable. "Prominent persons in society, politics, and literature went out of their way to entertain leading members of the acting profession, while lesser actors seemed to have no trouble fitting into middle-class America. The memoirs of theatrical people like… Continue
Added by Ginny Morgan on December 18, 2009 at 9:46am —
She was born Adah Bertha Theodore in New Orleans to a French Creole mother and a Free Negro father, Auguste Theodore. She danced as a child in New Orleans, Havana and Texas. Eventually she worked in San Francisco. Menken was known for her poetry and painting. In 1859 she appeared on Broadway in the play "The French Spy."
She converted to Judaism and married a Jewish musician, Alexander Isaac Menken. Their marriage was short-lived. Menken separated from and later divorced her, though… Continue
Added by Ginny Morgan on December 18, 2009 at 2:42am —
December 17, 2009
Lots going on both here at the True West offices and at home. Went home for lunch and worked some more on dust storm effects. What would it look like if a group of refugees were trudging across a dry lake, coming towards us and behind them is a sun, or, a bright light source? Would the light source show up as a sphere, or as a tear in the dust? Hmmmmm:
Still not where I want it to be, but it's… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on December 17, 2009 at 3:59pm —