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Grass Valley: 1866


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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Dancing to restore an eclipsed moon


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Dancing to restore an eclipsed moon: "Several Kwakiutl people dancing in a circle around a smoking fire, in an effort to cause a sky creature, which they believe swallowed the moon, to sneeze thereby disgorging it." The photo was taken in British Columbia in 1914 by Edward S. Curtis."Several Kwakiutl people dancing in a circle around a smoking fire, in an effort to cause a sky creature, which they believe swallowed the moon, to sneeze thereby disgorging it." The photo was taken in British Columbia in 1914 by Edward S. Curtis. View full size.

Tablita Dance: 1905


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Tablita Dance: Tewa Indians dancing in line formation. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis, 1905.Tewa Indians dancing in line formation. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis, 1905. View full size.

A brief account of a desperado's crimes


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Published in the Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman / Feb. 22, 1872

A Noted Desperado.

Last Saturday afternoon the notorious desperado, Tomaso Rodinido, alias Procopio, alias Red Dick, was arrested in this city by Sheriff Morse, of Alameda, and other officers, on a charge of grand larceny. As Procopio's name is prominent in the criminal annals of our State, a brief account of his crimes will be read with interest:

He was born in Sonora, Lower California, in 1811, and, as his name indicates, is of Mexican parentage. His mother was a sister of the notorious Joaquin Murieta, who for years kept California in terror, and who was finally shot by Harry Love. In 1853 Procopio's parents moved to Los Angeles county. Here, when a boy, he became initiated in crime, and in 1859, when but eighteen years of age, he murdered a man named John Raines on the Cucamungo ranch.

Panning for gold: c1900


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Panning for gold: c1900: Men panning gold in Alaska between 1900 and 1927.Men panning gold in Alaska between 1900 and 1927. View full size.

 

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