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From Our Outfit... September 2017 Notes

Recently I was talking to a friend about the wildness of the Old West, and he asked, "Just when was the wild Old West, and what made it so wild?"

An interesting question. So interesting that I thought I would share my thoughts about it, and see if you agree. I know if you don't, you'll let me know about it. And I thank you for that.

Generally, most people look at the 19th century as the Old West. Some go as late as 1917 when Buffalo Bill Cody died. I like to make things simple, and go with the 1800's. The "wild" Old West was the 1860's to the 1890's. This was the time the major conflicts with the Plains Indians took place; cattle were being driven from Texas; railroads were being built; and new towns were being built to meet the needs of the people coming out west.

There were times and places before the 1860's that could be considered wild. For instance, the gold fields of California in 1849 were wild and lawless, but things really took off following the Civil War.

This gets us to the second part, why was the Old West so wild? In the early Old West, because there were few people, and they needed each other to survive, there were high standards of morality. A person's word was his bond. If someone needed food, lodging or help, it was given. "Cowboy ethics" were a general rule.

Following the Civil War, young Confederate soldiers returned home to find their homes destroyed, and realized they would be an additional burden on the family. So, they came out west. Blacks, breaking away from the restrictions of slavery, also came out west. During this time about a third of the new cowboys were black. Ex-Union soldiers, alone or with families, started migrating west. The Union Army, no longer having to concentrate on the south, shifted out west to deal with the Plains Indians. And Texas, a Confederate state, having a surplus of cattle, discovered a market for them in the north. Mix all of these elements together, and there was bound to be trouble.

Add to this the fact that towns were springing up overnight. Every other building in some towns was a tavern. And the towns contained very few if any women of "high standings." It has been said that it was the arrival of wives and mothers that caused the west to be settled, not the gun.

Few of these new towns had any official entity to enforce the laws. Those that did typically didn't care what a person did elsewhere, as long as they were law-abiding in their jurisdiction. And with no real communication system, a lawbreaker could easily stay ahead of the news of his crimes... Consider the communication problems law enforcement agencies have today even with our high-tech systems.

Mix all of these elements together and killings and vigilante hangings are destined to become normal fare.

As I have said at other times, the Old West is like some other places I know about, I would enjoy visiting for a few days, but I sure wouldn’t want to live there.

May God always be at your side.

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Hi! Dakota LivesayI'm Dakota Livesay the publisher of the Chronicle of the Old West the newspaper, narrator of Chronicle of the Old West the daily radio show, and host of the hour-long weekly show, Chronicle of the Old West Weekly Edition.

Below are the various elements of the Chronicle of the Old West organization. Our objective is to educate people about the Old West in an entertaining way. Our hope is that as you surf through our web site you'll be inspired to learn more about a time that was very important to the development of America...a time of great contradictions.

It was an age when men had high standards in dealing with each other. Yet, it was also a time when some of the harshest crudities to our fellow man took place. We look at the Old West, as it really was, warts and all. Below is a brief rundown of the Chronicle of the Old West organization.

Click on the various headings to learn more about us....

 

Chronicle of the Old West the newspaper...

When we started Chronicle of the Old West September 2017  EditionChronicle of the Old West over five years ago, we had no idea how unique the publication was, and how well it would be received by Old West enthusiasts, as well as people who are interested in America's history.

Chronicle of the Old West contains reprints of 1800's articles and current articles about Old West events written as if they just happened. We also have a section that tells readers about places to go and activities to attend to enjoy the Old West today.

We call Chronicle of the Old West "a transporter" in that when you read it you'll be transported back to the 1800's. Each month contains articles about events that took place during that month.

If you would like to view the first page and see the highlights for this month's Chronicle of the Old West Newspaper, CLICK HERE.

 

If you're interested in the writer's guidelines for the Chronicle of the Old West Newspaper, CLICK HERE.

Chronicle of the Old West the radio show...

Chronicle of the Old West is also Dakota Livesay at the recording studiotwo syndicated radio shows about our American West.

Five days a week, Dakota tells a story about a person or event from the Old West. As with the newspaper, the stories are aired in the month in which they took place.

To find out if the Daily Show is aired near you, click HERE.

You can see what is playing this month or listen to a selected story from the current month by clicking HERE. This month's featured story is "Scott Cooley." If you would like to browse through a list of archived daily featured AUDIO TRACKS click HERE.

We also have a weekly hour-long show called Chronicle of the Old West the Weekly Edition. This show also hosted by Dakota Livesay, contains interviews with Old West experts about people and events from the 1800s, great cowboy music, and information about the Old West that will entertain and educate the listener about our Western history.

You can view information on our CURRENT WEEKLY hour-long show by clicking HERE. Some of the highlights from September 18-24, 2017: "Bloody Bill Longley" and "Arizona Gunfighters."

If you would like to browse through a list of archived weekly featured AUDIO TRACKS click HERE.

To find out if the Weekly Edition is aired near you, click HERE.

If you know of a radio station in your area that may be interested in reaching people like you with information about the history of our American West, go to our contact page and e-mail us with information about the station.

Chronicle of the Old West contests and fun...

This section is for those of you who enjoy contests. Each month Chronicle of the Old West, the newspaper, has a "LouisLAmour.com" trivia contest with some great prizes. You can enter it through our web site, even if you aren't a subscriber.

Chronicle of the Old West merchandise...

Living the Code by Dakota LivesayFor six years, through Chronicle of the Old West and his radio shows, Dakota has promoted seven precepts developed on America’s frontier.  He calls them “The Code.”

He’s now written a book explaining how we can make these precepts a part of our lives.  If taken seriously, these precepts can change a person’s life.

Click HERE to find out more about "Living the Code" - a book by Dakota Livesay.


Gunfights of the Old West CD

Because of radio time constraints, Dakota is not always able to tell the full story, so we decided to take a theme and record a series of stories around that theme, without any time constraints. Our first one "Gunfights of the Old West" is currently available.

 

 

Women of the Old West CD
Dakota has always been intrigued with the roll women played in taming the west. That’s right, it was women who tamed the west. Although tradition says Samuel Colt’s 45 tamed the west. It wasn’t a pistol - it was a petticoat. Our second CD "Women of the Old West" is now available.

 

 

Dakota Livesay Takes A Look At Tombstone, Arizona Territory
Our newest CD is finally off the presses and is now available for purchase. If you enjoy the Old West you’ll love this CD comprised of fifteen stories about the people and events that helped shape Tombstone, Arizona Territory into the last great Old West boomtown on the continental United States. Our third CD "Dakota Livesay Takes A Look At TOMBSTONE, ARIZONA TERRITORY" is sure to be as big a hit as our other CD's!

 

Daily Radio Shows for Sale
Also, because it may be a while before everyone can hear the DAILY radio shows on their radio, we’ve made it possible for everyone to be able to hear the shows on their CD player. By clicking HERE you can get information about our Daily Shows (a month's worth at a time.) We’ve tried to make the shows as affordable as possible.

 

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Above (left) Dakota is standing in front of a simulated Chronicle of the Old West office at Old West Main Street in Williams, Arizona.

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Chronicle of the Old West Calendar Page Chronicle of the Old West "Calendar of Events"

We have added a calendar of events for you to consider attending. Some of these we will be attending and some we wish could attend. Check out our calendars and if you know of an event that people who enjoy the Old West would like to attend, email us with the information.

 

 

Chronicle of the Old West "The Chuckwagon..."

The ChuckwagonIn our search for articles in libraries across the country, we come across recipes and tips that were printed in the 1800's. Amusing, entertaining, and occasionally delicious we thought we would pass them on to you.

We hope you enjoy our newest page - The Chuckwagon.

Our featured recipe for this month is: "VINEGAR PIE."

Chronicle of the Old West presents "Living the Code"...

At the beginning of each month, Dakota will have a new story to help inspire each of us to... "Live the Code."

Click HERE to read the current month's featured story. "CASH THE CHECK"

Respect Yourself and Others Accept responsibility for your life. Be positive and cheerful. Be a person of your word. Go the distance. Be fair in all your dealings. Be a good friend & neighbor. Living the Code by Dakota LivesayCash the Check

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