All posts in Southwest Characters

Sharlot Hall
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March 14, 2017, No comments

Not all the characters who were important in shaping the West were men. In one rare instance, a lady of great charm and distinction gave the spirit of the West […]

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Baby Doe and the Matchless Mine

November 20, 2016, Comments Off on Baby Doe and the Matchless Mine

During Colorado’s halcyon days, when gold and silver poured from the mountains, there was no greater triumph and no greater fall than that of Ho ...

Gregory’s Diggings: The Richest Square Mile on Earth

August 16, 2016, Comments Off on Gregory’s Diggings: The Richest Square Mile on Earth

One wild spring night in 1859, with a late season blizzard blowing in the mountains, a half-dead, red-headed man stumbled into a saloon in Golden, Col ...

The Legend of the Cowboy

April 30, 2016, Comments Off on The Legend of the Cowboy

No symbol or legend in the American Southwest is as powerful as that of the cowboy. The cowboy is the quintessential American hero; the embodiment of ...

  • Pat Garrett
    June 6, 2014, Comments Off on Pat Garrett

    Pat Garrett, famous in song and story as the man who killed Billy the Kid, was a rather colorful character. Born in Alabama, he grew up on a prosperous plantation. […]

  • Jim Bridger
    February 16, 2014, Comments Off on Jim Bridger

    James Bridger was one of the greatest frontiersmen in American history. He was a trapper, hunter, trader, Indian Fighter and guide and his name is synonymous with the tough mountain […]

  • The Apache Kid
    The Apache Kid
    November 6, 2013, Comments Off on The Apache Kid

    The Apache Kid was said to be a notorious outlaw throughout the Old West. His legend makes him out to be the fiercest Apache next to Geronimo. Born in the […]

  • Rattlesnake
    Rattlesnake Kate
    August 24, 2013, Comments Off on Rattlesnake Kate

    One spring day near Greeley, Colorado, a young woman by the name of Kate McHale, was riding her horse to a nearby pond to hunt ducks for dinner. As she […]

  • John C. Fremont
    The Great Explorer – John C. Fremont
    May 15, 2013, Comments Off on The Great Explorer – John C. Fremont

    If you visit the Southwest, a lot of places and things carry the name Fremont — some named after the Native American Fremont people, but many named after one of […]

  • Beaver
    Fur Trappers Settle the West
    February 18, 2013, Comments Off on Fur Trappers Settle the West

    Before the miners and the shopkeepers, before the trains and settlers, the first intrepid souls to visit the West were the fur trappers. Their life was as solitary and as […]

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