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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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Ah Chee Lo and Her Daughter


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Ah Chee Lo and her Daughter, 1905: Pueblo woman and her baby in a circa 1905 photograph by Edward S. Curtis.A Pueblo woman and her baby in a circa 1905 photograph by Edward S. Curtis, probably taken in New Mexico. There are more Curtis photos here.

HUNTING HORSE THIEVES.


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Newspaper account / Dec. 14, 1884

MONTANA OVERRUN WITH BANDS OF LAWLESS MEN.

AN ERUPTION OF VIOLENCE WHICH THE VIGILANCE COMMITTEES ARE TREATING WITH PLENTIFUL DOSES OF HEMP.

horse shoeMILES CITY, Montana, Dec. 1. -- Never since the dark days of 1863-4 has Montana been so overrun with horse thieves, road agents, and other bad characters as at the present time. Both whites and reds have taken a hand at the business, as though endeavoring to see which could outdo the other in deeds of villainy and acts of crime. As it stands both parties are about even, with no back counties to hear from. The first act of violence this year was committed May 15, near Glendive, by a well organized band of road agents, who made a murderous attack on Major Whipple, a regular army Paymaster, in the hope of securing some $18,000 or $20,000 which that officer was carrying to pay off the troops at Fort Buford. The scheme failed, owing to the fact that the mules became frightened at the rapid firing and ran away with the

INTERESTING FROM ARIZONA.


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Particulars of the Duel Between Lieutenant Mowry and Mr. E. E. Cross.

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TUBAC, Arizona, Saturday, July 9, 1859.

The latest exciting intelligence in this region is an “affair of honor,” which occurred yesterday, between the Hon. SYLVESTER MOWRY, Delegate from Arizona, and E.E. CROSS, Esq., editor of the Arizonian. Mr. MOWRY was the challenging party. The difficulty arose from certain personalities in communications to the Press, which both parties felt called upon to notice. They fought with Burnside rifles, at forty paces. The rencontre took place at 5 P.M., in

A POPULAR MAN LYNCHED.


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Newspaper Account / December 27, 1882

LEXINGTON, Ill., Dec. 27 - News of the lynching of Thomas P. Kerr, at Pioneer, Arizona, was received here this morning. His mother and sister are crushed by the intelligence. Kerr had many warm friends, and was not a desperado, and people here refuse to believe that he killed Hartley without grave provocation.

 

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