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Ghost Cowboy is about real tales from the 19th-century American frontier, when the Old West was young. Most of the posts here are actual news items from the 1800s and early 1900s. We'll be adding "new" content every week. Travel with us and sign up for an account, and you'll be able to leave comments and post in our forums. Your trailmasters, Ken in Alabama and Dave in Virginia, don't get to saddle up and vacation out west as often as they'd like, so they started this site. Drop us a note.

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A GREWSOME SIGHT.


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Ottumwa Daily Courier / July 24, 1903

BODY OF JOHN T. JONES FOUND EARLY THIS MORNING ALONG ROCK ISLAND TRACK.

HAD BEEN IN OSKALOOSA TO ATTEND RACES YESTERDAY.

Is Supposed to Have Fallen Beneath the Cars of the Rock Island Southbound Train.—Mother Resides at Bolton.— Mr. Jones Highly Respected.

Oskaloosa, July 24. — (Special) — Scattered along the Rock Island railroad tracks for nearly 500 feet, the head, arms, legs and pieces of the trunk of the body of John T. Jones, better known as John Jenkins Jones of Beacon, with scarcely a thread of clothing left on them, were picked up shortly after 1 o’clock this morning

TOTS TOPPLE LIKE TEN-PINS.


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Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette / April 29, 1896

A BAD ACCIDENT.

Over Twenty Children Badly Injured by Runaway Team

Milwaukee, Wis., April 29 — Over twenty school children were knocked down and injured by a runaway team on Mitchell street yesterday.

The children were all pupils of St. Anthony’s Catholic parochial school at the corner of Fourth avenue and Mitchell street. They had just come out of school and were on their way home. The team, which was owned by William Schattschneider,

GUINEA PIGS AND NECKTIES.


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Oakland Tribune / December 24, 1897

STRUCK AND KILLED BY A BERKELEY TRAIN.

George Smith, a Rancher, Meets Tragic Death This Morning

He Had Come to Spend the Holidays With His Brother’s Family

George Smith, a brother of Fred Smith of East Berkeley, was struck by the Berkeley local at the E street station this morning. He died in the patrol wagon on the way to the morgue shortly afterward.

Smith had been employed on the ranch of H. J. Pereau, a conductor on the Berkeley local. The Pereau ranch is at Vacaville, California, and Smith had the management of it. He was returning to Berkeley to spend the holidays, having

Charging Thunder


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Charging Thunder, probably a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Circa 1900 photograph by Gertrude Kasebier.

 

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