Thank you, dear lady. As soon as I get the lay of the land, I'd like to start asking some questions. I'm going to post a research project at my vanity writing site about the killing of Frank Fox at Carrizo Wash, March29th, 1890. I think I've tied up many of the loose strings, but what I can't figure out is why rancher Crouch would chase the Fox brothers for more than a month and travel more than three hundred miles for stealing three horses. And then, why would the Sheriff of Maricopa County commit himself and as many as three of his deputies to chase down the thieves into California when the horses were stolen in Gila County.
Thanks for the welcome, I will be researching a Model 1873 Springfield rifle I aquired in Wood Mountain Saskatchewan that I am really hoping was at the Little Bighorn. I am currently in southern Brazil working but will be home mid April so will start my project then.
Do you mean in Syracuse, NY, where I live part of the time? If so, the answer is definitely yes. The Butterfield Overland Mail Company was almost entirely a New York run line. John Butterfield was from Utica, NY, and most of the stagecoach drivers for the line were from Upstate New York. Five of the twenty-six Butterfield Stage Stations in Arizona had New York State names.
John Butterfield ran many stagecoach lines that crisscrossed New York State for thirty-seven years before he started the line from Tipton, Missouri, to San Francisco in September 1858. You will note that Henry Wells and William Fargo also were from New York State and started their express business there. Contrary to popular belief Wells and Fargo had ran very few stage lines. Their main business was as an express company--in other words they used local stage lines owned by others to carry their cargo.
Yes there are several museums here in Ft. Worth such as The Texas Civil War Museum, 2 museums in the Fort Worth Stockyards (both called Stockyards Museum), National Cowgirl Museum, a little know museum called White Settlement Museum which has a lot of things to see in it, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History, Sid Richardson Museum.
Also Butch and Sundance did spend time here, their famous photo was actually taken in downtown Ft. Worth in what was then called Hell's Half Acre. The entertainment district downtown Ft. Worth is called "Sundance Square" after the Sundance Kid. We also have the Ft. Worth Stockyards which is a must see in Ft. Worth. Check out the photos on Google at Ft. Worth Stockyards.
Thank you for your greeting, Margaret; very cordial of you. I do indeed live in the midst of fabulous western history, and I dwell on it every day. Of course, Tombstone more closely resembles Knott's Berry Farm than anything else these days, and there is much to ignore or look past, but... it's still Tombstone. To answer your question: I am a retired deputy sheriff from Grant County, Washington. (Sagebrush country, right in the center of the state, about halfway between Seattle and Spokane.)
Over the past 31 years I've been curator of the Fort Bliss Museum and Third Cavalry Museum (US Army Museum System); Curator of the United States Air Force Academy Collection; Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum (way back in the late 80's) and Administrator of the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians State Park in Natchez, MS
Sandra does include some of the smaller, more obscure ghost towns and mining camps of our state in this work. Other authors books such as Robert Brown and John Fielder just to name two, include "Then and Now" photos of ghost town sites, which is very helpful.
Sorry for delay in getting back, things are crazy right now getting ready for our upcoming open house at our new book shop location. Yes, I am familiar with Varney's Ghost Towns of Colorado - and he has been rather prolific with a number of other western titles. In terms of John Fielder, who is our best selling Colorado author of all time, one of his notable works is, "Colorado, 1870-2000" in which he used the 'Then & Now' method. Another author you may enjoy is Perry Eberhart in "Ghost Towns of the Colorado Plains" - unless your interests are just in the mountain areas. Perry's style here, is much like that of Sandra Dallas ("Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps".)
And I might also mention Kenneth Jessen's volumes on Colorado Ghost Towns, which are regional in nature.
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