Rango checked out by Old West Stories

RANGO

Old West Stories - Rango

Rango Leading His Posse

This Nikolodean movie lives up to the movie maker’s reputation for story telling and visual expertise.

The main character in this plot (the Hero, of course) is a pet chameleon with an over developed flair for the dramatic, who finds himself a victim of circumstance and lands in the middle of the desert with no water or chance of rescue.

He has no idea what to do but stumbles into an Armadillo who exhibits the wisdom of age and experience.  His new friend is named “Road Kill”, a completely suitable name for a character who has somehow survived being flattended by a passing vehicle.  Road Kill tells our hero to seek out the “Spirit of the West” and sends the chameleon on a desert trek toward a town in the desert with the unlikely name of “Dirt”.

On his way he meets Beans, a female lizard who is trying to save her missing father’s ranch.  Beans becomes the love interest that is absolutely essential to any good story of The Old West.

The classic nature of all Old West Stories now becomes entirely apparent as he enters the Wild West town and finds a strange gathering of creatures who are battling a crisis in their old west town.  All of their water has mysteriously disappeared and the townsfolk are in a desperate condition.  As he tries to fit in and find his pplace in the town, his dramatic tendencies came to the fore and he builds a story of being a gun packing hero who goes by the name of “Rango.”

The town mayor is a tortoise and he makes Rango the sheriff.  The townsfolk applaud and hope that Rango is their salvation but the mayor has appointed him for his own means.  Rango promises the people that he will protect them and find the missing water but he has no idea how.  He has always wanted to be a hero but now he has to live up to his lies.

In the tradition of Old West Stories this stale proceed at quite a pace as Rango bumbles from one situation to another.  Finally he does find the water and for those with a knowledge of Old West History, there are similarities to water wars and outcomes that really occurred.  Water is being moved from one place to another without the consent of the original owners or any thought of the consequences to those people.

A movie well worth a watch but two short words of caution.  For those concerned about story lines and ideas in movies for children, there are some conepts I have expanded on in the Movie Reviews pages that you may want to consider when deciding what age groups this movie is suitable for.  Secondly, this is a cartoon not aimed solely at children.  I am not suggesting (and don’t on the review page) what you should do, only things to consider.

If you click on the image above, it will take you to a preview on Youtube.  Click on the link in the Movie Preview page for a more detailed review.

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Old West Stories Book Competition Winners

Thank you to all the entrants in the Old West Stories Book Competition

Kid Ramble on the Run

I trust the winners will enjoy the read.  They have each received their eBook copy by now and working their way through to a showdown in the Wyoming Wilderness that left not one participant unharmed.

The winners are:-

  • Dagan Moss;
  • Zhu Chanatsu;
  • Brendan Phaustini;
  • Phanindranath; and
  • David Panter.

If you haven’t checked out the free chapters yet, they are available on the Kid Ramble page under the Stories banner at the top of the page.  Read about how Kid Ramble robs the bank in heartless manner of Butch Cassidy.  Find out if Cavalry Sergeant Brad White, a veteran of Black Hills Indian campaign can get his man and retrieve the Army money.  Learn why John Quaid can’t quit until he has bagged the man who attaked his family or dies in the attempt.

Old West Stories Special Offer

Old West Stories was intending to offer the book to anyone who entered but did not win, for $3.00.

After thinking about it for a while, we decided to make it available as a special offer to everyone at that price.

That’s right, it is now available for just $3.

It has been changed on the shopping trolley and will show up there for just $3.

Old West Stories will make sure that $1.00 of that will still go to the Wild Horse Rescue Center so they won’t miss out.

The hunt for Kid Ramble

If you haven’t seen the video advert for this story in the classic style of The Old West, check it out now on Youtube.

Remember also to check out the Review pages for updates on Movie Reviews and Book Reviews, being added to regularly.

 

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Old West Stories reviews A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars is one of those Clint Eastwood classics as he portrays his now legendary character, the “Man With No Name”.

Almost every cliché every associated with Old West Stories was thrown into the character of the cool and mysterious gunslinger who arrives from nowhere into a town with an evil story to tell.  He takes on the wicked, the evil, the greedy and the deceitful, showing nerves of steel like the famous Wyatt Earp up against the cowboys.

Although shot mostly in Spain, the backgrounds and scenery carry the mystery of the old west quite well.

The man with no name rides into town looking for work as a hired killer.  He sets himself up in the battle between the warring families, the Baxters and the Rejos.  The families are locked in a seemingly never ending feud that doesn’t progress for either side and gives no-one control over the smuggling trade.

The movie misses one of the classic ingredients of the best of the Old West Stories. Although the lone crusader almost eradicates the population of bad guys in the town and protects a beautiful woman, he doesn’t exude the moral virtue of the very best kind of the wild west hero, the lawman.  He shows his icy soul and cynicism and couples that to a gun hand swifter and more accurate than the legendary picture of Billy the Kid.

He quickly checks out the situation and comments “There’s money to be made in a place like this,” and then he sets about making it from both sides.

Man With No Name Stands Alone

The Man With No Name - An Old West Stories Classic

At first he guns down four of Baxter’s men and looks to be throwing in with the Rejo’s.  It soon becomes apparent though that he is playing both  sides and is standing alone at every moment, not just as he is in this picture.

His secret and personal activities include playing both sides against each other with the skill of an expert politician.  After he has started off a holocaust in the little town and destroyed the last of his employers, he casually rides out of town, carrying his fistful of dollars.

Old West Stories does not rate this as the best of western stories but Clint Eastwood is.  Without him this picture may have failed but with him, the cool and fearsome hero of the wild west is enhanced another notch.

Check out the Movie Reviews page for more on “A Fistful of Dollars” and other Old West Stories portrayed in movie form.

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Roque River Book Review by Old West Stories

Rogue River – Book Review by Old West Stories

Old West Stories Review of Rogue River

Rogue River was written by Kerry Newcombe and released in 1987.

Set in Montana near the Marias River, the location of the historical Fort Conrad, it traces the complicated story of Cole Anthem and his unlikely style of heroism.  If you have read other stories by this writer you may be aware that he has penned quite a few Old West Stories that includes a series under the banner of “The Texas Anthem”

An Old West Stories Style Logo belongs to Conrad High School - Montana

These books chronicle the life and times of the Anthem family in Texas and in this work of one the sons, Cole Anthem, has become a bounty hunter.

The district of Conrad is so strongly associated with many famous Old West Stories and The Old West and the Conrad High School carries this logo today.

After fellow bounty hunter Glory Doolin is gunned down by the subject of her bounty hunting efforts, she calls in Cole Anthem to help deal with Sam Dollard.  Sam sets off on his mission but hits a hurdle when he finds that Sam Dollard is working with the Army and has effectively enlisted their protection for as long as he keeps his job as a Scout.

The story weaves together the path of several disparate characters that come together in unexpected ways as they head for an encounter with a group of the Cheyenne Red Shield warriors.  The group, including sworn enemies, would need to work together to stay alive.  The group included:-

  • Ben Wheatley – An educated black man with a command of Shakespeare but no knowledge of how to stay alive in a wild country;
  • Cole Anthem – The Bounty Hunter with gun handling skills better than the legend of Billy the Kid or Wyatt Earp who knew how to survive under the most savage and dangerous of circumstances;
  • Danny McKane – An ageing Irish Army Sergeant;
  • Jay Lee Hammond – Over weight and slow but with a valuable intelligence and thoughtfulness under pressure but a mand who played his part in his father’s death and is not to be trusted;
  • Sam Dollard – The Criminal and woman killer; and
  • Zack Hammond – The brother of Jake Lee Dollard, a wiry and athletic figure that is less trustworthy the Butch Cassidy cannot be trusted and his killed his own father to claim his gold and his wife.

An Old West Stories Encounter

Medicine Bear - Cheyenne Chief from The Old West

Cole heads toward an dangerous encounter with the Cheyenne Chief Medicine Bear and his Red Shield Warriors.  At one moment in history, the real Medicine Bear was certainly heading toward a meeting with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse and the Cheyenne prepared to join with the Sioux to expel General Custer and his troops from their land.  Click on the picture to learn why this Medicine Bear is not the one in this book.

Bringing a degree of historical accuracy into a tale of the old west is always a major plus for me and added to my enjoyment of the overall story.  The location and the weaving of Indian movement toward the Little Big Horn set the time frame nicely.  The portrayal of the Indians may not be very accurate in this story but is probably an accurate portrayal of how white society viewed the Indian “menace” in the 1880’s.

A good read, firmly set in the tradition of Old West Stories.

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Sheriff Pat Garrett New Page by Old West Stories

Sheriff Pat Garrett

Lawman Legend - Sheriff Patrick Floyd Garrett

Patrick Floyd Garrett was born in 1850 on June 5.  He died in 1908 on February 29.

The time in between was filled with adventure.  Garret was a man always finding himself in the middle of important and news worthy events.  In his role as a lawman, Garrett was involved in tumultuous events that catapulted him into a larger than life wild west persona that will never be forgotten.

Whether it is set in the old west, ancient times, modern cities, large multi-cultural civilisations or remote and isolated communities, one of the most popular kinds of story is that of a hero defending what is right and winning against overwhelming odds (or sometimes, giving their life for that principle).  Old West Stories are no different.  Such stories would include David fighting Goliath, Robin Hood taking on the establishment, the Three Musketeers saving the King, Ghandi opposing violence and America gaining its independence.  In terms of Old West Stories, for me, coming up against the most notorious outlaw of the day and winning is such a story.  There has been much said about whether Billy the Kid really was a cold blooded killer or simply a misunderstood victim of circumstance.  Much has also been said about whether Pat Garret acted properly in the killing of Billy.

I personally think he demonstrated in taking Billy alive on one occasion, that he was the man for the job, a true hero of Old West Stories and worthy of his legend.   Whatever the truth of Billy the Kid’s murderous ways, he wasw a killer and he was wanted for his crimes.  The clamour was immense for the Government to have him stopped.  Pat Garret did the job.

Birth of an Old West Stories Legend

Old West Stories - Birthplace of a Hero

The Old West Lawman Pat Garret  was born in Cusseta, Alabama.  Cusseta had only been gazetted in 1832 following the signing of the Creek Treaty with local Indians.  His father (John Lumpkin Garret) and his mother (Elizabeth Ann Jarvis) moved to the town and Pat Garrett was the eldest of their seven children.

The family moved away in 1853 and settled on Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.  They ran a plantation near Haynesville in the North of the State near the Arkansas border and Pat spent his there.  He left home in 1869.

During his life he worked in a number of roles that included:-

  • Author;
  • Bar Keeper;
  • Saloon Owner;
  • Buffalo Hunter;
  • Cowboy;
  • Customs Agent;
  • Lawman; and
  • Rancher.

Regardless of all this variety of occupations and roles, he is remembered for just one moment in his life.  That moment is shrouded in controversy and some have suggested that his claim for what happened during that event, is false. 

In 1881 on July 14,

Sheriff Pat Garret killed

Billy the Kid.

Want to know more.  Go to the Pat Garrett – Sheriff Page.

Pat Garrett's Badge

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Old West Stories – Billy the Kid Updated

Billy the Kid Updated

Billy the Kid

Old West Stories has updated the page forBilly the Kid“.  Click the picture at left to check out the new information.

Henry McCarty, alias “Billy the Kid“, is reported to have been born on 23rd November 1859.  We say ‘reported” because this appears to be the most likely birth date of the boy who would later gain notoriety as the outlaw known to lovers of Old West Tories as Billy the Kid.

Legend says Billy the Kid was the greatest of the cold blooded killers in all of the old west.

Whether or not he was cold blooded is a matter of speculation but he was a killer.  Click on image of Billy to read more about his life.

On this page you will read how this boy who was viewed as friendly, helpful and artistic, carved out a reputation second to none in the old west.  This man is truly a classic outlaw of the wild west legend but many aspects of his life are, more legend than history. In having his life immortalised in this way, he joins other icons of the old west era that have lives that are hard to distinguish from legend and myth.

Sheriff Patrick Floyd Garrett

 

The eternally infamous Sheriff Pat Garrett (Pat Garret page scheduled for release 23 April 2011) is also one of those characters.  Forever entwined with the Billy the Kid legend, it is difficult to determine whether Pat Garret was:-

One – The brave hearted and heroic old west lawman of legend that faced the heartless and remorseless cold blooded killer Billy the Kid and won in true hero style; or

Two – A callous outlaw who took advantage of poor Billy, a frightened child on the wrong side on uncontrollable events who was gunned down by a killer intent on personal advancement.

Either way, the combination of these two lives coming together on a fateful day on July 14, 1881, created a story that is still subject to debate by people with deeply entrenched positions.  These people include descendants of both men wishing to protect or enhance a reputation.  It also includes people with financial interests in the legend continuing and interest in one of the greatest ever of the Old West Stories of the American Midwest.

Wyatt Earp

 

Old West Stories is particularly please with the page on that other enigmatic lawman of the Old West, Wyatt Earp.

Check out his page through the link in his name and see how aspects of his life mirror that of Pat Garret.

You can also find him on the Menu List of Old West Stories under the heading of Stories.  Through this link you can also find other stories that include wild west legends Butch Cassidy and Wild Bill Hickok.

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Old West Stories Reminds You of Book Competition

Win the Old West Story – The Hunt for Kid Ramble

Old West Stories

OLD WEST STORIES - The Hunt for Kid Ramble

Old West Stories is giving you a chance to win a copy of a tale of the old west, “The Hunt for Kid Ramble”.  Only available online as an eBook and you can download it for just $5.00.  But would you like to win a FREE copy of this book.

How do you win?   Read the free chapters that you can access on the link to Old West Stories – Kid Ramble.

Then answer the following question and send your answer to Old West Stories at enquries@oldweststories.net or answer                    through a comment at the bottom of the                       Old West Stories – Kid Ramble page.

Question – During a classic old west shoot out between the Cavalry and the outlaws, one of Sergeant White’s soldiers lost a leg after being shot in the knee.  Who was that soldier?

Entries close on 30 April 2011, so jump in now for your chance to win and 5 winners will be announced on this site on 5 May 2011 and they will receive their FREE copy of the book courtesy of Old West Stories.

If you haven’t seen the video advertisement, click the picture above to check it out.

But what is this Old West Story really about?

Kid Ramble on the Run

The story starts with a bank robbery in Wyoming with a Billy the Kid style character leading a bad bunch of young men who want to be old west outlaws.  They steal a Cavalry payroll and kill the of the Sheriff’s deputies and four others that included a bound and helpless woman.

The town Sheriff takes on Marshal duties and leads a posse into the old west wilderness of Wyoming.  The Sheriff turns out not to be up to the job but a Cavalry Sergeant with the tenacity of Wyatt Earp is also on his trail.  A classic shoot out in a remote valley, in the style of your favourite old west stories leaves both soldiers and outlaws dead but Kid Ramble is still on the run.

While on the run the remnants of the gang kill a man’s daughter and cripple his wife.  Even though John Quaid knows he is not a tough western Sheriff and Ramble has already shot him once, he heads out to track him down.  Read how Kid Ramble turns himself into an old west legend and how John Quaid, the cavalry Sergeant and the gang end up in a deadly encounter near that famous old west town of Deadwood.

The crew at Old West Stories is certain you will enjoy reading this classic story of old west lawmen and outlaws.  So happy reading and good luck.

While your on site, take a moment to check out some of the other popular posts and page, including:-

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Old West Stories Announces Book Competition

Win this old west story – The Hunt for Kid Ramble

OLD WEST STORIES - The Hunt for Kid Ramble

On 14 March 2011, Old West Stories announced the release of a new novel, “The Hunt for Kid Ramble”.  This book is only available as an eBook and you can download it for just $5.00.  Would you like to win a FREE copy of this book.

How do you win? Read the free chapters that you can access on the link to Kid Ramble.

Then answer the following question and send your answer to Old West Stories at enquries@oldweststories.net or answer through a comment at the bottom of this page or the Kid Ramble page.

Question – During a shoot out with Kid Ramble and his gang in a remote valley, one of Sergeant White’s soldiers lost a leg after being shot in the knee.  Who was that soldier?

Entries close on 30 April 2011, 5 winners will be announced on this site on 5 May 2011 and they will receive their FREE copy of the book.

If you haven’t seen the video advertisement, click the picture above to check it out.

What is this Old West Story about?

Kid Ramble on the Run

The story starts with a bank robbery in Wyoming with a Billy the Kid style character leading a bad bunch of young men who want to be old west outlaws.  They steal a Cavalry payroll and kill the of the Sheriff’s deputies and four others that included a bound and helpless woman.

The town Sheriff takes on Marshal duties and leads a posse into the old west wilderness of Wyoming.  The Sheriff turns out not tobe up to the job but a Cavalry Sergeant with the tenacity of Wyatt Earp is also on his trail.  A classic shoot out in a remote valley, in the style of your favourite old west stories leaves both soldiers and outlaws dead but Kid Ramble is still on the run.

While on the run the remnants of the gang kill a man’s daughter and cripple his wife.  Even though John Quaid knows he is not a tough western Sheriff and Ramble has already shot him once, he heads out to track him down.  Read how Kid Ramble turns himself into an old west legend and how John Quaid, the cavalry Sergeant and the gang end up in a deadly encounter near that famous old west town of Deadwood.

The crew at Old West Stories is certain you will enjoy reading this classic story of the old west.  So happy reading and good luck.

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Butch Cassidy

Butch Cassidy – Robert LeRoy Parker

Robert LeRoy Parker was born in 1866, November 6.  We all know him as Butch Cassidy.  His page has been updated at Butch CassidyCheck it out!

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New Book Release

The Hunt for Kid Ramble

 

Old West Stories

Brand new Old West Stories are sometimes hard to find.  One has just been released today this is the very first place anyone will hear about it.

The story consists of 175 pages of an old west story written in a classic western style.

If you would like to find out more, there are a few options available to you:-

  • Follow the link embedded in the cover picture above to view a Youtube advertisement for the book.
  • Follow this link to www.wildweststories.com where you can see all the information on the book including reviews, a picture gallery and purchase options.
Old West Stories - Wild Horse Rescue Center

WILD HORSE RESCUE CENTER

That site and the stories page on this blog will also give you information about the sponsorship being provided to the Wild Horse Rescue Center through the sale of this book.  When I checked out local book shops, a book of this size is selling for between $12 and $20.  This one is selling for only $5 as an eBook and from that, $1 of every sale will go toward the work of the Wild Horse Rescue Center.

If you would like to learn more about the Wild Horse Rescue Center or may care to make a donation to support their work, just click on the link embedded in their icon.  Old West Stories commends the work of Diane Delano and her team who have been involved in saving wild horses as far afield as Australia.

If you read the book, come back to this post and let old west stories know what you thought of it.

Happy Reading

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Old West Stories Reviews the Lonestar Steakhouse

Old West Stories

Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon

The Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon

Rarely has Old West Stories found a restaurant that fully delivers on the promise.  When I saw this restaurant at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, Australia, I was hoping it would give a taste of The Old West in both food and experience.  IT DID.

We enjoyed every part of our visit and certainly plane to return and visit the other restaurants when we are nearby.  In addition to the food we really did get the feeling that we were inside one those Old West Stories we love.

Highlights for the old west stories team included:-

  • A waiter (Ross Jauncey) who was helpful and attentive all night;
  • Other staff members who entertained and engaged customers;
  • Food that was simply fantastic; and
  • A saloon and other embellishments built to simulate the old west experience.

If you are travelling in Australia we certainly recommend you look up the address of these restaurants and check them out.  You can find their details at www.lonestar.com.au

A full review of the venue and our night is on the Lonsestar page under the events heading on the menu bar.


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Australian Outback Spectacular

Hayden, Linden & Lilli Enjoyed the Show

The Australian Outback Spectacular is an amazing show.

It may well be the best show I have ever seen.  It is one of those rare experiences where the show is actually better than the advertisement.  The combination of amazing horse riding stunts and skills, historical comment, sensational visual projections with sound and visual effects and near perfect organisation, make the show an amazing event you should not miss.

If you are planning a trip to Australia, put this show on the Gold Coast on your must do list.  If you live in Australia, jump in your ute, throw a swag in the back and head on over.  Even if you have lived your whole life in the Australian Outback, this show will totally entertain you.  Whilst in places it does give the Outback existance a romantic appeal that may not exist in reality, that is O.K. because it is a show after all and the Australian Outback Spectacularcommentators do acknowledge the hardships and difficulties encountered by people on the land.

A touching tribute to the Australian Light Horse that served in World War One is a highlight of the show.  As well as being thoroughly entertaining, it provides intriquing and informative comment on the Light Horse formation, role and particularly, the famous charge into Beersheba in 1917.

For the full review from Old West Stories plus special comment from my guest reviewers Hayden, Linden and Lilli, follow the link to the Events Page entitled Australian Outback Spectacular.

To book a show or learn more about when it is on, I thoroughly recommend that you go to the Australian Outback Spectacular web page at

http://outbackspectacular.myfun.com.au/.

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New Old West Story – Wyatt Earp

Old West Stories - Wyatt EarpWyatt Earp

Born Saturday 18  March 1848

In the history of the old west, this was an important day because the man born on this day and called Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp, would play a role in producing one of the most memorable of all Old West Stories.

Wyatt Earp has been credited with many heroic deeds including a pivotal role in a gun battle that became known as “The Gunfight at O.K. Corral”.  An event that is ground in historical fact became the subject of rumour, inuendo, exaggeration, lies, deception, avarice, artisitc license and more.  It is now and always will be, one of the greatest legend of the old west.

I have always had a particular fascination with the law men of the old west.  This was no doubt, in large part because I too was a law enforcement officer for nearly 20 years.  The role of a police officer, whether you are called a Marshall, the Sheriff, a Constable or any other title, is a demanding job to hold at any time.  I firmly believe, in the time of Wyatt Earp, the pressures of such a job were probably as great as any time in history.  A time and place where outlaws could use the power of the gun to be a power unto themselves.  A time when the law man could be gunned down in the street and the community would accept it as merely part of the job, something to be expected.

If you find the old west law men just as interesting as I do, on

Monday 28 February 2011

you will be able to follow me to a newly created page and read my own particular take on the life of this legendary defender of justice.  If you are reading this page before then, sorry but the new page is still being finalised and will become live soon.

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Schedule of Releases

A new page has been created, entitled “Schedule“.  It contains a list of proposed stories, events and other matters scheduled to be added to the OLD WEST STORIES blog.

To receive notice when items are released, click on the RSS feed in the right side bar.  To check the list of scheduled items, go to “Schedule” now.

Some of the items in the schedule include:-

Book Release, “The Hunt for Kid Ramble”.

Stories that will be added:-

Butch Cassidy

Mad Dog Tannen

Mathew Brady

Myra Starr

Ned Kelly

Pat Garret

Wild Bill Hickok

Wyatt Earp

Keep checking back to the Schedule page or better still, get on that RSS link and you will never miss an update or addition.

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True Grit – Old West Stories Review

When I first saw the True Grit advertisement, I didn’t want to go.  John Wayne had made this movie a legend and I didn’t want to see the legend destroyed.  Too many times have I seen a remake fail miserably.

Well I swallowed my reticence and headed off, ready to walk out early if it didn’t go well.

To say I was pleasantly surprised is a massive understatement.  Geoff Bridges has not copied the great John Wayne, he has created a new legend of his own.  I will be buying this movie as soon as it comes out.  If you are into old west stories, then you have to see this.  It depicts the classic lawman that, full of flaws and short comings, beats the odds in the interests of his own version of pure justice.

Follow the link to my page “True Grit” where I have given a full review and story line.  If you haven’t seen the original, bypass my review and just go now and watch the new movie.  Then come back and see if you agree with me at the “True Grit” page.

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Fastest Gun Alive

IS THIS YOU?

Fastest Gun Alive?

Is it you?

No.  Ever wonder who it is or who it might be?

Between September 30 and October 2 this year, the Cowboy Fast Draw Association will hold its fourth annual World Championship in Fallon, Nevada.

Sponsored by Baretta, it is known as the “Baretta Fastest Gun Alive” competition.  The site has an great introductory video on its home page that you can also see on youtube.

They also have some videos of competition on their site and to see two people go head to head in competition when they can both draw, fire and hit the target in less than half a second, now that is exciting.  Watching these people in action sure made be glad they had a white circle as their target and not me across 1880 Wichita saloon.

On the site you will also be able to access information on competitions in other states, photographs, past winners and download the “Gunfighters Gazette”.  This is the stuff that Old West Stories are made of.  There is also information appearing on my new events page entitled “Fastest Gun“.

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Old West Stories History Page Updated

Old West Stories - Fifty State

Fifty States of the USA

The creation of the USA was not an easy thing to accomplish.  Neither was it fast.

The Old West Stories history page has been updated with the dates that each of the states was formally admitted.  The dates have been integrated into other history information on this page or if you would like to see just that information, a subpage entitled “Statehood Dates” under the main menu heading of “History Page” at the top of this page.  From Delaware becoming the first state on the 7th of December 1787 through to Hawaii becoming the 50th state on 21 August 1959, almost 172 years had passed.

The work had started much earlier of course, prior to the 13 colonies becoming Royal Colonies with Virginia being founded in 1607 and formally pronounced a colony in 1624.

The history page now has the date each state joined the USA.  It demonstrates the time frame involved in creating the entity that is today, the United States of America.  Old West Stories focuses primarily on a specific geographical area and a specific period of time that has become known world wide as the “Wild, Wild, West”.  The events leading up to that place and time being created, were all essential to the creation of a unique set of circumstances that created the old west.

As time progressed, some aditional comment will be added to the paged regarding particular events occuring in the state at the time or particular contributions brought to the US by that state.  It is not intended as a comprehensive historical account and is an over view only, with that focus on the creation of what has led to Old West Stories having a reason to exist.

Old West Stories Cowboy with Saddle

Cowboy with Saddle

The cowboy era of the old west grew over a very long period of time.  In the grand scheme of things, measured against the history of humanity, it didn’t last very long.  I am sure though, that it will live forever and continue to inspire Old West Stories from this blog site and many, many other sources.

Check out the Old West Stories History Page when you can and come back occasionally for another look.  New items will be added on a regular basis.  If you would like to see something particular, drop me an email at enquiries@oldweststories.net or post a comment.  I would love to hear from you.


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Old West Stories to Come

Old West Stories Stage Coach

Stage Coach Featuring in Old West Stories

Old West Stories will be adding stories, history and general information about the old west.  It will take a while to gather the information and have it ready to present in a cohesive manner.  So today, I will give you a few ideas of things that will appear hear in future posts and on future pages.

Some of the stories to look forward to will include:-

  • The development of the Stage Coach, its use and contribution to Old West Stories.

  • Wyatt Earp:-
  1. His history as a lawman.
  2. His contribution to Cochise County.
  3. That unusual relationship with Doc Holliday, how did that come to be.
  4. That unusual relationship with Calamity Jane, were they lovers?
  5. The loss of his two brothers whilst pursuing success.
  • The States of the Midwest, when they joined and contributions they made.
  • Western fiction, wild west stories that will include:-
  1. A classic or two from the past that you will get for free.
  2. A new western novel that might cost a few dollars.
  3. Discussions about novels and movies about old west stories.
  • Music of the old west or about it including gun fight ballads and movie themes.
  • Pictures including photographs and drawings, some of the genuine historical article and others that are recreations or visions.
  • Contributions from you, if you want.
  • Events – discussions or reports on quick draw competitions, western attractions, holiday and maybe, a competition or two.

There will be more things as time progresses but this will give you a good idea of how Old West Stories will progress.

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Wild Horse Rescue Center

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WILD HORSE RESCUE CENTER

Old West Stories exists to be a forum to discuss everything that has something to do with the old west.  One of the essential elements of the legends that become old west stories, is the horse.

Have you ever seen a western movie, read a story of the old west or imagined a cowboy and …………. there was no horse.  Imagine Roy Rogers without Trigger – ridiculous.

Picture the Lone Ranger without Silver – impossible.

Visualise, if you can, Lucky Luke without Jolly Jumper – unbeleiveable.

Try and conceive, just for a moment, John Wayne racing to rescue a lovelorn cowgirl, riding a camel – insane of course and certainly, no romance at all.

The true romance of the old west is embodied in the horse.  In particular, the cowboy’s horse and the relationship of a man with a horse he relies upon for everything, including his life.  The wild horse too, was an integral part of the magical fabric that became known as the wild, wild west.

In our contemporary society, not everyone has respect for the horse.  There is even less respect for the wild horse.  But if you are reading www.oldweststories.net, chances are, you love and respect horses, both for their magical, graceful beauty and invaluable contribution the horse has made to mankind for a millenium.  The West would simply not be the West without the horse.

There are people however, that love the horse and are prepared to put their time, their money and their efforts where it counts for the wild horse.  The people at the

Wild Horse Rescue Center

are some of these people.  Diane Delano and the people at the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Florida, are such people.   You can find out more about their work at www.mlwhr.com or email them at mustangladydi@aol.com

The Wild Horse Rescue Center is dedicated to the preservation of the spirit of the old west by saving part of America’s wild heritage, the Mustang.  When Mustang’s are rescued from abuse or neglect, they are rehabilitated and adopted out to qualifying homes.  The center also helps government departments involved in animal management and educates the public.

Old West Stories - Wild Horse Rescue Center

WILD HORSE RESCUE CENTER

The Wild Horse Rescue Center is available to assist with events and to provide educational opportunities.  Old West Stories is also dedicated to the preservation of the spirit of the old west, in a different way.  We are aiming to continue the stories of the old west through promoting relevant matters on this website.  In its own way, the Wild Horse Rescue Center is a part of the old west stories we are so interested in.  The wild mustang will be forever part of the old west.

“By protecting the wild mustangs, you have become part of the story.”

Well done to Diane and team.

If you would like to help the Wild Horse Rescue Center, you can adopt a horse through their site, give a donation or buy T-Shirts that support their work.

Old West Stories would also like to thank the Wild Horse Rescue Center for allowing us to use their photograph of wild horses that they now have on the welcome page of their web site.   That photo is now on our header.

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Billy the Kid Page Created by Old West Stories

Billy the Kid

A new page has been created about Henry McCarty, alias “Billy the Kid”.  He is reported to have been born on 23rd November 1859.

 

We say ‘reported” because this appears to be the most likely birth date of the boy who would later gain notoriety as the outlaw known as Billy the Kid.

He also went by the name William H Bonney and probably many other names.  He is probably the most misunderstood and misreported historical figure in old west stories.

The legend says Billy the Kid was the greatest of the cold blooded killers in all of the old west.  Whether or not he was cold blooded is a matter of speculation but he was a killer.

To read more about Billy the Kid and the old west stories created around him, check out this new page at Billy the Kid.

 

Check back as well when you see new posts about Billy.  The page now has a short outline of Billy and his story.  In coming months, more details and interesting facts will be added.

 

 

 

 

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Old West Stories History Page

 

History That Created "Old West Stories"

A new history page has now been added to old west stories.

It will contain a timeline of events that affected the old west and naturally, affected the old west stories that grew around the magic and mystery of that era.  In the coming months, items of interest will be added and you will have a chance to add to this also.

By no means will this be an exhaustive description of historical matters for the Midwest of America.  Old West Stories will be adding items from time to time that spark our interest or fit the category of events that added something to the mystique of the cowboy era and led to parts of the USA being referred to as “the wild, wild west”.

If you have something that you would like to see added to this page, just let Old West Stories know and if it fits in with the goals of this site, we will add it in for you.  You can send your thoughts and suggestions by going to the Contact Us page.  You will get a response.

Some of the things that you may find on the page will include:-

  • Key events that contributed to the unique situation that led to the Midwest of America being referred to as “The Wild Wild West” and led to the creation of this site, old west stories;
  • Events that have occurred since the area moved from the old west lifestyle into our modern way of life;
  • Battles, gun fights and other matters that helped generate the mystique of the old west;
  • Short entries regarding key historical figures in old west stories, including Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Sheriff Pat Garret, Wild Bill Hickok, Geronimo, President Lincoln, General Custer, General Sherman, John Clum and Crazy Horse;
  • The animals that contributed to the legend of the old west, including mountain lions, beaver, fish, all sorts of game and particularly the horse and the bison;
  • Information regarding the formation of the union, statehood dates and key contributions at the time of entry.  A separate sub-page will also have more information regarding Statehood Dates and contributions;
  • Births, deaths, marriages and other personal matters that are a part of old west stories and made a contribution to the wild west legend; and
  • Newspaper entries, eye witness accounts, official records and controversies about those records.

So keep an eye on the page, it will be evolving over the coming months and years.

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Welcome to the Old West Stories blog forum.

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This is a new blog created in 2011 to promote discussion on anything and everything associated with the old west and particularly, Old West Stories.

If you, like me, are fascinated with all things western, this is a place to look for information, anecdotes, a chance to ask questions and a place to make your own comments.

I just love the culture of the wild, wild west of the 1800s.  The Midwest of the USA created a mystique unmatched throughout history.  In the time when the cowboy ruled supreme and a wild land waited to be tamed, the wild west folklore that spurned the old west stories we love, burst into history and into legend.

This site will focus on the particular parts of the old west that have always fascinated so many, namely the old west stories of history and fiction.  If you have an interest associated with the old west, feel free to comment on that interest, ask a question or provide some information.  If you ask a question, I may not know the answer.  Chances are though, that if you are interested, I will be too and I might be able to find the answer you are after.

The Wild West Stories site will let you make a contribution as well so, if you see a question being asked, feel free to provide an answer or contribute to the search.

So watch the side bars for new categories, new posts and new information.  As the blog evolves, there will be opportunities to join, forums created, competitions to win, games to play, histories and stories (old, classic and brand new) to read and your old west stories as well.

So prepare yourself for a wild ride through the old west, one of the wildest rides you could ever dream of.

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