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Crimes in the Wild West

The bandits, gunslingers and outlaws in the Old West greatly outnumbered law enforcement agents. In addition to violent crimes, criminals used the inconsistent justice system as an excuse to commit robberies whenever they could. They were often caught and punished by vigilantes, whose penalties could be much more severe than those of the law. Some… Continue reading Crimes in the Wild West

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Famous Outlaws – Wild West Gunslingers

The Wild West was a time of madness and mayhem. Outlaws earned respect because of their fearless, and often cruel, ways. Many of them managed to evade officials for years, and their legacies have lived on in the forms of books and films. Some of these western criminal include: Billy the Kid The name given… Continue reading Famous Outlaws – Wild West Gunslingers

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Native American Superstitions – Tribal Legends of Arizona

Arizona is the home of several Native American tribes and, like other cultures, became the origin of legends associated with the survival of each. The stories are passed down through several generations and include: The Spider Tower Located near The Rio de Chelly Valley, is a deep gorge known as Dead Man’s Canyon. It contains… Continue reading Native American Superstitions – Tribal Legends of Arizona

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Native American Legends – The Ark on Superstition Mountain

Native American culture is rich with stories and legends, which vary throughout the tribes. Many of the legends are spiritual in origin, and have been passed down through generations by word of mouth. Tribe elders became the main storytellers, and did their best to ensure that tales of physical and spiritual origin was passed on… Continue reading Native American Legends – The Ark on Superstition Mountain

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Wild West Ghost Towns

At the end of the Old West era many boom towns were abandoned. Citizens packed their bags and left without looking back. Many of these are now referred to as ghost towns, because of their empty, haunting vibe. The violent nature of the era, and the killings that took place in the towns, have led… Continue reading Wild West Ghost Towns

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The Significance of Native American Cultural Items

When Europeans arrived in America, they discovered that the Native Americans had different ways of surviving the country’s rough terrain and harsh climates. In addition, their culture was unlike others that the Europeans had experienced previously. Their nomadic lifestyle meant that they had few possessions, but these items were made with great care and represented… Continue reading The Significance of Native American Cultural Items

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Gold Mining in New Mexico

In the past two centuries, New Mexico has yielded a large amount of gold from lode and placer deposits. Spanish explorers and Mexican settlers were the first to discover the metal in the area, but gold mining wasn’t actively pursued for an extended period, as the presence of the Apache tribe made mining difficult and… Continue reading Gold Mining in New Mexico

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Apache Indians – A Fierce Native American Tribe

The Apache Indians are a Native American tribe located in the Southwestern United States, including areas of Eastern Arizona, Northern Mexico, New Mexico, Southern Colorado and West Texas collectively known as Apacheria. The tribe is believed to have been around since the early 1500s and, during its prime, consisted of eleven major groups.Today, there are… Continue reading Apache Indians – A Fierce Native American Tribe

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The Fine Line is out today!

For Charles Wilson Merritt, one more bank job could be one job too far. Available in Kindle, Paperback and Hardback Former St. Louis City policeman Charles Wilson Merritt is now robbing banks with his cohort, Monty Pruegger. The plan was simple: just a couple of easy, small town jobs, where no one gets hurt, so… Continue reading The Fine Line is out today!

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History of the American Western Novel

A good story is one that can transport the reader to a different place, another time period or both. American Westerns were written to depict life and adventures in the ‘Wild West.’ The writers often based the novels on real people, exaggerating hardships and violence to make the story more interesting.  The desert landscapes where… Continue reading History of the American Western Novel