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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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Working in a gold mine: c1905


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Working in a gold mine: Miners work taking out ore in a gold mine in Eagle River Canyon, Colorado. Note the candle in the foreground.Miners work taking out ore in a gold mine in Eagle River Canyon, Colorado. Note the candle in the foreground. View full size.

Gold miners: c1905


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Gold miners: c1905: Miners at work in the stope of the California mine, Eagle River Canyon, Colorado.Miners at work in the stope of the California mine, Eagle River Canyon, Colorado. View full size.

Companionable Horse Thief.


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Graham County Justice of the Peace Travels With an Outlaw.

Published in The Arizona Republican / Aug. 7, 1900

Last Sunday night: agent Brown, at the depot, lost his brown mare, says The Solomonville Bulletin. She was standing saddled in front of Ellas’ store when a Mexican happened along and appropriated her for his own use. The next day he overtook Justice of the Peace Ruiz and his wife, who had been visiting friends on the other side of the track. The Mexican horse thief belonged to the old school and was as polite as he was chivalrous. When he saw the lady walking to town he gallantly offered her his mount, which was accepted, Judge Ruiz and the horse thief walking behind.

Heart of the Klondike


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Heart of the Klondike: A "Powerful and picturesque scene on the Yukon River" from a 1897 lithograph poster for The Heart of the Klondike, written by Scott Marble.A "Powerful and picturesque scene on the Yukon River" from a 1897 lithograph poster for The Heart of the Klondike, written by Scott Marble.

 

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