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We Now Resume Our Regularly Scheduled Website


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If anyone has noticed the site behaving erratically, or not at all, it's because I'm all thumbs when it comes to PHP and have been learning by doing (and undoing, and redoing). But it's all better now, and there are some hopefully handy navigation controls under the headline.

"The Red Man"


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Today's (or should that be to-day's) post is a New-York Times article from 1865, back when the newspaper and the city still had a hyphen. From it we can see why correspondents are called that (articles were long letters dispatched from the field, sent by post or transmitted by telegraph), and also the significance of the dateline -- the piece was published almost a month after it was written, probably because it took four weeks to make its way through the mails from Salt Lake City.

The subject matter -- conflict with the "red man" and gruesome depredations by "Aboriginees" in the Utah Territory -- is presented without any input from the other side, and related in terms that wouldn't exactly be considered P.C. today, but nevertheless paint a vivid picture of life, and death, on the Western frontier.

Blog launch


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We've had the site up for about two weeks now and we're finally getting around to launching our blog. While the home page of Ghost Cowboy is where we will continue to feature new True Tales, the blog is where we'll talk about what's happening behind the scenes, announce new features and where we can make fun of desperado nicknames like "Flopping Bill."

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Shorpy  The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog!

Juniper Gallery  Fine-art prints of the photos on this site.

Turnpike Cruiser  Photos of the present-day West, with an emphasis on Arizona and Bisbee, and the Canadian Rockies.

PatentRoom  Patent illustrations from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Buy as prints.

Plan59  Retro 1950s illustrations. Cars! Happy wives! Demonic Tots!

Box of Apples  Fruit-crate art from the turn of the century, available as fine-art prints.

AdventureLounge  Aircraft patent drawings and early aviation history. Will it fly?