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Thu
22
May

SMALL-TOWN MAYOR STOPS RAILROAD IN ITS TRACKS

by Bartee Haile.

Choosing his words carefully after an all-day meeting with railroad representatives on May 25, 1949, Mayor T. Leo Moore refrained from declaring victory in his protracted struggle with the Fort Worth & Denver but did maintain the train would continue to stop at Electra under certain circumstances. How did a small town west of Wichita Falls and a drop kick from the Red River end up with the same name as the daughter of King Agamemnon of Trojan War fame? Few of the folks, who in 1902 chose to call their settlement Electra, had read Homer.
 
Fri
16
May

ON THE EDGE OF COMMON SENSE

Bronc to Breakfast is my favorite Charlie Russell painting. The scene represents the typical roundup out west. In the foreground is a campfire with cooking pots and pans on the fire or hanging from the cross bar. A cowboy is sitting with his plate of beans, Cookie’s in an apron standing by the chuck wagon and in the background are some cowboys by the horses on a picket line. 
 
Fri
16
May

BARNSTORMERS FLY IN CIRCLES OVER FORT WORTH

Hundreds of Cow Towners skipped church on Sunday, May 19, 1929 and slipped out to the municipal airport to give the Fort Worth a rousing send-off. Though dangerously overloaded with fuel and every conceivable carry-on, the monoplane cleared the runway with plenty of room to spare at exactly 11:33 a.m. Reg L. Robbins and James Kelly climbed to 2,000 feet and set their course for nowhere 
 
Fri
02
May

ROOSEVELT RALLIES HIS “RIDERS” IN SAN ANTONIO

Hundreds of “Rough Riders” descended on San Antonio on May 5, 1898 itching to lend Teddy Roosevelt a hand in kicking the Spaniards out of Cuba. In the crowded lobby of the Menger Hotel, tobacco-chewing cowboys rubbed shoulders with East Coast dandies, one and all anxious to renew acquaintances with the charismatic Roosevelt  
 
Fri
02
May

Rudy

I’ve got a year-old Australian Shepherd dog. I don’t intend to use him for livestock; his job will be barker. We live in a rural area. The dogs are penned at  night and released during the day into a three acre house and barn lot surrounded by shock collar wire. 
 
Thu
17
Apr

The Western Migration Invasion

by Baxter Black.
 
The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has brought to a head a common point of contention that has happened in state after state. It is a generational change, a population shift that is the result of the inevitable roll of civilization. It also marks a shift from rural to urban. Over the years I have watched certain western towns and cities evolve into mini-metros that no longer belong to the state that bore them; Santa Fe, Aspen, Missoula, Sedona, Monterey and Deer Valley.

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Thu
17
Apr

THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE “LADY IN BLUE”

by Bartee Haile.
 
A Franciscan priest, who made the long and dangerous trip from the New World in search of the mysterious “Lady in Blue,” arrived at a Spanish abbey on Apr. 21, 1631. The padre was determined to find out for himself if the mother superior really was the phantom visitor that brought biblical teachings to the Indians of the American Southwest. Known today as astral projection and in the seventeenth century as bilocation, out-of-body travel has always been an incredible concept that defies the laws of nature.

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Fri
11
Apr

RIVERBOAT CAPTAIN BUILDS RANCH AS BIG AS TEXAS

An Irish immigrant, who escaped a tenement hell to create an empire as big as Texas, took his last breath on Apr. 14, 1885. The Kings were destitute refugees from the Emerald Isle trapped in the dead-end poverty of the New York slums. Eleven year old Richard was apprenticed to a jeweler in 1835, but the moment his keeper turned his back the headstrong boy ran away 
 
Fri
11
Apr

A Cow Hanging

John lives down the road from me. We have cattle across the fence from each other. He is good at a lot of things; carpentry, electronics, sports and hunting, but cows are not his strong suit. He runs a handful on 90 acres. He called me one day askin’ if we had seen a cow of his. I told him we had cleared the pasture and had not seen her in with our bunch. I left town for a  weekend and when I returned hehad left a message to call. I did.  “I found her,” he said
 
Thu
03
Apr

The Ag Media Explosion!

By Baxter Black.
 
How does it strike you that the more concentrated agriculture becomes, the more rural/ag media is available? Regional farm, ranch and equine oriented publications are still a very strong part of our print media. Many of them have been around for over 50 years.

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