Cowboys around the Hoodlum Wagon, Spur Ranch, Texas, 1910
Judging by the saddle style, this unidentified cowboy was working in the late 1870s or 1880s. In his holster, he carries a Colt model 1873 single action revolver with hard rubber grips, and he has looped his left arm around a Winchester model 1873 carbine in a saddle scabbard. On the back of the photo is the light pencil inscription “Indian fighter.”
Thankful someone took the time to photograph this type of beauty – April 1937.
Buttermilk Junction, Martin County, IN.
1887 – West Center Street, Anaheim, California. Now we have Disneyland here.
Moser’s Guns, Banjos, and Mules at the Livery stable in East Tennessee around 1890.
In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California. That is a huge running crack in the ground. Now they are building houses right on the line, as fast as the boards can be delivered. Hmmmm!
This is what real cowboys looked like in 1887. Not as fancy as on TV, huh!
Some of the toughest, bravest people we know of. They gave it their all to go west and start a new life. This wagon train is in eastern Colorado in 1880.
This moose team belonged to W.R. (Billy/Buffalo Bill) Day. They were found by a Metis, near Baptiste Lake, in 1910 and were reared by bottle and broken to drive, by Mr. Day, at Athabasca Landing, during the winter of 1910. Mr. Day and the moose team hauled mail and supplies.
In the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees had their front teeth removed to avoid service. In our day, they just jumped the border into Canada.
Here we have a tired old prospector during the Klondike Gold Rush.
Lulu Parr – Her skill with the gun caught the attention of Pawnee Bill, who signed her to his show in 1903. She left that show but came back in 1911. By that time, Pawnee Bill had joined Buffalo Bill’s show. Buffalo Bill was so in awe of Lulu’s willingness to ride unbroken ponies, that he presented her with an ivory-handled, Colt single-action revolver, engraved with “Buffalo Bill Cody to Lulu Parr—1911.” A KIND OF PARR FOR THE COARSE?
View from the driver’s seat of a 40 mule, team. These rigs were used to haul Borax out of Boron, CA and then loaded onto railroads for manufacturing. All this so you could do the laundry! Man, that’s a lot of horses.
Hoops had to be removed before taking your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage.
Omaha Board of Trade in Mountains near Deadwood, SD April 26, 1889. It was created in 1889 by John C. H. Grabill, photographer. The picture presents procession of stagecoaches loaded with passengers coming down a mountain road.
This is a stunning photograph from 1862. The image shows a horse-drawn Civil War ambulance crew, removing the wounded from a battlefield.