Feb 232020
 

The hardest part of any visit with the people we love is saying goodbye. Especially as we get older and realize that any goodbye could be the last one. And so it was yesterday when it came time to leave our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona. We were up and all packed and had […]

Feb 122020
 

Today I thought I would give you part two of an update on our trip from Florida to Arizona, with more to follow. After two days in Hondo, Texas, we hit the road again, traveling thirty miles north on a two-lane state highway to the small town of Bandera, which bills itself as the Cowboy […]

Jan 232020
 

Note – This story is from my book Highway History and Back Road Mystery. RVers hanging out in Quartzsite, Arizona enjoying the sunshine and camaraderie of dry camping in the desert may not know that they are close to a reminder of the Old West that many probably never heard of. In a tiny cemetery […]

Jan 232019
 

On a lonely windswept hilltop a couple of miles east of Superior, Arizona, we came across the grave of one of the Old West’s more tragic figures, a scorned woman named Mattie Blaylock Earp. Born Celia Ann Blaylock in Wisconsin in 1850, and raised on a farm in Iowa, accounts of the day describe Mattie […]

Jan 312018
 

Popular history, television, and movies made a hero out of Wyatt Earp, who blazed his way to glory in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone. The truth is that while Earp was a sometime lawman, he was also a gambler, pimp, and a saloon owner, all acceptable careers in the Old West. And […]

Poker Alice

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 202018
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery. The Old West was populated by a remarkably colorful collection of adventurers, dreamers, rebels, and misfits. It took men and women of outlandish character to be willing to explore new lands, endure the hardships that accompanied pioneer life, and survive under conditions […]

Jan 142018
 

In the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, 100 miles east of Sacramento, the Emigrant Trail Museum, located at Donner Memorial State Park, tells the story of one of the most tragic events of the Old West. In the mid-1800s, lured by the promise of cheap land and a better life for their families, thousands of pioneers […]

Oct 202016
 

Note: This story was in a previous edition of the Gypsy Journal. Hollywood and pulp fiction have glorified and made him out to be a hero, but in truth Billy the Kid was a ruthless runt who killed not only for money, but just for the thrill of killing. More then one unlucky cowboy met […]

Cowboy Country

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 232011
 

We spent yesterday exploring cowboy country. Many of the wild tales of the Old West, both real and fictionalized, took place in Cochise County, Arizona, and we decided it was time to introduce Greg and Jan White  to this historic corner of Arizona. We left the fairgrounds about 9 a.m. and drove to Benson, where […]

Apr 272010
 

In a blog last week, I took you on a tour of Two Guns, Arizona, a relic of the glory days of historic Route 66. Across the highway from Two Guns, and three miles up a gravel road, lies what is left of the ghost town of Canyon Diablo. You have probably never heard of […]