Daniel Boone has been known throughout history as one of America’s best land surveyors. His exploration through Kentucky led to the beginning of our colonization of the West. Boone has many myths that surround him making him out to be a recluse that went into the wilderness because that is where he belonged. Myths like… Continue reading The True Daniel Boone
“The first actor I ever saw was The Lone Ranger. I thought, that’s what I want to do.” – Michael Caine. The legend of The Lone Ranger has been an epic of the American West, and inspired many people in the entertainment industry. The story has existed since 1933 since the AM radio show aired… Continue reading The Origin of the Lone Ranger
Did you know that the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition was accompanied by a BB gun? Not a lot of folks do. To be more precise, it was actually a high energy, compressed air powered, rifle. To be not well known as a historical item is quite odd, as this is the single… Continue reading You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid
General Custer is famous for his “heroic” actions at the Battle of Little Bighorn. On June 25, 1876, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and 12 companies of the 7th Cavalry attacked a massive Lakota village on the Little Bighorn River in Southeastern Montana. Custer lost not only the battle but also his life, and in… Continue reading General Custer: Hero or Zero?
Although the story of Hugh Glass is rooted primarily around him, many other major men became prolific parts of this epic tale. One of these men has become very close to the Gallatin Valley. This mountain man was Jim Bridger, the rough man of western lore who among many accomplishments is revered as one of… Continue reading Jim Bridger And the Grizzly
Murder can be mysterious or sometimes it can be straight to the point. John Bozeman’s death was the former. His death was mysterious because of all of the rumors of how he died. There are three rumors that I found that were the most probable. One rumor was that his partner Tom Cover was jealous… Continue reading The Mysterious Death
The time period of the American West being settled was revolutionary and well documented, as it was only about two hundred and fifty years ago. During this time, many myths were created which continue to be portrayed today in forms of present texts. Despite the idea that settlers who moved west faced violent encounters with… Continue reading The Tales of Natives and Settlers
The struggles between the Native Americans and white settlers is an iconic view in the movie, Dancing With Wolves, that creates a simplistic view of the separation and violence that is associated with Native Americans in the West. The movie portrays the capture and treatment of white women among the Native Americans as a cause… Continue reading Exhume the Stories: Women Captives in the American West