Western Life

Davy Crockett

David Crockett is known to be an American hero born on the 17th of August of 1786. The buck-skinned and fearless Crockett may be more myth than reality by this point, as many people may not remember him for what he really was, a soldier, frontiersman and politician. Since his death, his tales have been… Continue reading Davy Crockett

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Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, also known as the Twelve, is one of the main governing bodies in the hierarchy of the LDS church. The members of the “Quorum of the Twelve Apostles” are not just referred to as apostles, but also prophets,… Continue reading Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Western Life

The Code of The West and The All American Cowboy

There a man's work was to be done, and a man's life to be lived, and when death was to be met, he met it like a man." - Deadwood Dick Mention the Wild West and you get visions of Clint Eastwood in the “Good the Bad and the Ugly” or Gene Autry and Yul… Continue reading The Code of The West and The All American Cowboy

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The American Revolution – The Fight for Independence

The British Crown was left deeply in debt as a result of the Seven Years War, fought between Britain and France from 1754 to 1763. The government attempted to replenish their monetary supply by imposing taxes on their North American colonies, which they had previously subjected to a prolonged period of salutary neglect. This had… Continue reading The American Revolution – The Fight for Independence

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First Transcontinental Railroad – Central and Union Pacific Meet in the ‘Middle’

Construction of each leg of the railroad began at a different time. The western leg was undertaken by Central Pacific, and Judah’s project became dominated by ‘The Big Four.’ Although well-known businessmen, they had no previous experience constructing railroads and borrowed a great amount of money to finance the project. They also used loopholes to… Continue reading First Transcontinental Railroad – Central and Union Pacific Meet in the ‘Middle’

Western Life

The Trail of Tears – A Journey Resulting in Loss and Heartache

As the USA expanded, many white settlers believed that they were entitled to the land that Native Americans had farmed and hunted for hundreds of years in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and North Carolina. At the beginning of the 1830s there were approximately 125,000 Native Americans living in these states, but by the end of… Continue reading The Trail of Tears – A Journey Resulting in Loss and Heartache

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Daniel Boone – American Pioneer and Explorer

Daniel Boone is one of America’s most celebrated pioneers, who spent many years exploring and settling the American frontier. He was of English and Welsh Quaker ancestry, and his parents had moved to the United States because of religious persecution. Boone was born on November 2, 1734 and left the Quaker settlement in his youth,… Continue reading Daniel Boone – American Pioneer and Explorer

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The Mississippi River

One of the world’s most important commercial waterways, the Mississippi River is the second longest river in North America. It passes through, or borders, the states of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The word ‘Mississippi’ originates from the French misi-ziibi, meaning Great River. The river’s source can be found at… Continue reading The Mississippi River

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Cattle Rustling in the Wild West – A Rancher’s Worst Nightmare

A large part of the population of the Old West made their living based on the cattle trade, either directly or indirectly. During this time, there were many instances of cattle theft which could take place for different reasons. Native Americans would often steal a few cattle to feed their tribe, during times of shortage.… Continue reading Cattle Rustling in the Wild West – A Rancher’s Worst Nightmare

Western Books

Hopalong Cassidy – Hero of the Wild West

Some characters are both created and forgotten within a relatively short period of time, and others become immortal over time in the minds of readers. One of these that we became aware of in the early 20th century was Hopalong Cassidy. Called ‘Hoppy’ for short, he is a fictional cowboy introduced to the world by… Continue reading Hopalong Cassidy – Hero of the Wild West