All posts in Southwest Characters

  • 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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    Climax Jim
    January 16, 2013, Comments Off on Climax Jim

    The Old West was filled with colorful characters, but Climax Jim stood high above the rest. His claim to fame was the inability of the Arizona penal system to hold […]

  • Wild Burros of the Southwest
    Wild Burros of the Southwest
    January 4, 2013, Comments Off on Wild Burros of the Southwest

    Sometimes, the characters that helped shape the Southwest weren’t human. As you are driving through parts of the Four Corners states, you may see the descendants of these earlier settlers, […]

  • Frontier Angel Nellie Cashman
    November 1, 2012, Comments Off on Frontier Angel Nellie Cashman

    Stories of the Old West tend to be written by and about men, primarily because the rough and tumble lifestyle attracted more men than women, and because woman were supposed […]

  • Cochise
    September 15, 2012, Comments Off on Cochise

    “We were once a large people covering these mountains. We lived well: we were at peace. One day my best friend was seized by an officer of the white men […]

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    Elizabeth Simpson Bradshaw, On The Road To Zion
    July 29, 2012, Comments Off on Elizabeth Simpson Bradshaw, On The Road To Zion

    In the early days of the Old West, the rugged country and tough living conditions attracted rugged and determined people to live there. Elizabeth Simpson Bradshaw was one such rugged […]

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    The Goodnight-Loving Trail
    June 20, 2012, Comments Off on The Goodnight-Loving Trail

    In 1866, two Texas cattlemen set off on a journey that helped shape the Old West. Charles Goodnight (former Texas Ranger and Indian Scout) and Oliver Loving (pioneer cowboy) combined […]

  • kokpelli
    May 18, 2012, Comments Off on Kokopelli

    The figure of Kokopelli is one of the most common sights in the Southwest. Venerated by many of the Native American cultures in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada, […]

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    The Arizona Rangers
    March 19, 2012, Comments Off on The Arizona Rangers

    The State of Arizona recently celebrated its 100 anniversary, however, the road to statehood was a rocky one. In 1901, the Arizona Territory was still a rough and ready part […]

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    Colt Peacemaker … The Gun That Won The West
    January 25, 2012, Comments Off on Colt Peacemaker … The Gun That Won The West

    “The good people in this world are very far from being satisfied with each other and my arms are the best peacemaker.” ~ Samuel Colt (1852) It would be impossible […]

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