Rare minutes of rest at the ranch
He was taken to Lincoln, accompanied by heavy security. Lawyers feared that someone would try to save Billy, but there was no one to save him - all his close…

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Hackers of the Wild West
Dashing guys who fired from the Colts to the right and left, drunk to pieces and arranging a riot in the saloons - such a screen image of a cowboy…

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Lincoln War
After fleeing Maxwin’s burning house, the Regulators took refuge in Fort Sumner, Mexico. Once upon a time there was an army fort on the site of a village, but the…

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Lincoln War

When in August 1877 they again collided in one of the saloons, Cahill behaved as usual. Quite a bit of a grin, he called Billy bad words, to which he heard a couple of unpleasant expressions in response. Cahill could not stand it. He jumped out of the chair, rushed to Billy, knocked him down, pressed him to the floor and began to beat him in the face. He was beside himself with anger. A little more, and he would have crippled the thin guy with heavy fists, but Billy did not give him that time. He no longer wanted to endure bullying. Releasing his right hand from under the villain who had landed on him, Billy grabbed his revolver, pressed the barrel into his thick belly and pulled the trigger. Cahill roared in pain and fell to his side. Billy did not lose precious seconds, slipped out from under a mortally wounded enemy and ran out of the doors of the saloon. Frightened, he jumped onto the nearest horse and rode out of town. He later apologized for returning this horse to its owner. Continue reading

Arrows of the Wild West

A senseless, brutal attack shocked America. The newspaper men attacked the Pinkerton, calling them child killers, monsters in the guise of a man, attacking defenseless women. Allan Pinkerton dodged, as if trying to convince the public that his people were not there at all and therefore could not drop bombs, but no one believed him. Moreover, one of the attackers in a hurry dropped a pistol engraved with the abbreviation “P.G.G.” – “Pinkerton Government Guard.”

Many years later, historians managed to find documents confirming that everything was done on the orders of the head of the agency. In a letter from Allan Pinkerton, stored today in the archives of the Library of Congress, we read: “By all means destroy the house, wipe it off the face of the earth.” The authorities knew about Pinkerton’s involvement, but he had too many friends at the top, and the perpetrators went unpunished. Only one of the participants in those sad events paid for the deed – John Askew, then recruited by Kicks to spy on James’ house, was shot dead in the courtyard of his house. Continue reading

The guy from the Marlboro commercial.

The present re-invention of the tradition of the West as a mass phenomenon that captured American politics is the product of the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan eras. And of course, Reagan — the first president after Teddy Roosevelt, whose image of a cowboy in the saddle was consciously borrowed from a western — knew what he was doing. To what extent the Reagan cowboys reflected the shift of American wealth to the southwest, I will not undertake to judge. Continue reading

The story of Joaquin Murieta
The story of Joaquin Murieta and his fellow criminals began, later glorified as heroes of resistance to American expansion. Arrows of the Wild West. Sheriffs, bandits, cowboys, gunfighters California gangster.…

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Real cowboys
There were also the protection of the wagons of immigrants from the attacking Indians, the attack of criminals on the stage coach or the robbery of the train. More than…

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Cowboy - “hero of magic dreams” or everyday drama?
Among other things, foreigners simply do not recognize the associations that are present in the Western myth for the American right, and for any American. Everyone wears jeans, but no…

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The new cowboy tradition
The new cowboy tradition made its way into the big world in two directions: Western films and heavily undervalued Western novels, which for many foreigners were the same as detectives…

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