Category Archives: Old West

Pony Express – Mochila

Rather than the saddle bags shows in the ABC TV show “The Young Riders,” the Mochila that held the mail during its journey across the great expanse of the west was more of a saddle cover than someone one could hold in one hand. A leather article that was able to switch from one rider […]

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Pony Express – God in Hand

Along with the Oath… each pony boy was presented with a copy of a Bible. Printed on the cover of each were the words “Presented by Russell, Majors & Waddell – 1858.” The words were imprinted in gold letters. Before you think the Express expended money just for these young men, the Bibles were from […]

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The Pony Express – Joining Up

The Pony Express was a ground breaking enterprise, endeavoring to deliver the mail quickly over a long distance. Russell, Majors, & Waddell hoped to make a tidy profit providing mail service between St. Joseph, MO & Sacramento, CA. Instead of waiting for the stage, weighed down by luggage and passengers… or freight wagons with their […]

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Wild Wild West Wear (part 2)

The sleeves have been removed with my intent to make this into a vest. A close up to show the raw edges where the sleeve had been. Lastly, the rips in the lining. Planning on using interfacing to hold most of the ‘holes’ together, but it’s the armscye damage that worries me most, as it’s […]

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Wild Wild West Wear (part 1)

I’m making something for my son to wear… To start, I visited the biggest Goodwill store here on the island of Oahu and found a coat and jacket. A few things to remember as I’m starting work on the coat… my son is a tall and lanky boy and this coat is made for man. […]

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Mark Twain and the Pony Boy

On his journey West with his brother, Mark Twain had a powerful need to see a Pony Express rider, for the romanticism of the popular figures was an attraction. When he finally had the opportunity to see a rider while travelling a stage coach he wrote about the experience. Here is a short excerpt of […]

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A Model Medicine Chest

A Model Medicine Chest We would advise all persons who contemplate going to the Klondyke region to include in their outfits a medicine chest containing the following drugs, the cost of which should be within $10: Quinine pills…… 50 Compound cathartic pills ………. 50 Acetanilid tablets………. 3 dozen Chlorate potash………. 1 box Mustard plasters………. 6 […]

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the Elephant Corral – Denver, Colorado

June 1859 – Denver A certifiable boom town. Where there was ore… there was gambling. And Denver had it in spades! (please don’t forgive the pun) But just because gambling was only a nuggets throw away at any given moment, doesn’t mean that everyone was happy about it. Case in point, Horace Greeley. Besides being […]

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Hi Jolly – the Legend of the Camel Corps

There was a song written about “Hi Jolly” written by Randy Sparks Hi Jolly was a camel driver, long time ago He followed Mr. Beale way out west Didn’t mind the burning sand in that God-forsaken land But he didn’t mind the pretty gals the best Hi Jolly, hey Jolly, twenty miles a day, by […]

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The Great Beast of the Southwest

What does $30,000 get you in 1855? Well, if you are the United States Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis, it buys you 100 camels and the skill of one man, Hadji Ali*. During his time in North America, his name was changed into an easier to say “Hi Jolly.” Secretary Davis’ plan was to create […]

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