Category Archives: History of the west

Sky Rock

Sky Rock is a song by Carol Markstrom on her album, Crossing Borders. It was a fabulous dance pavilion way up Texas Canyon (near I-10 at the Dragoon exit). Built in the 1930s for the Adam’s Family Rodeo, we’ve only … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise

The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise is due out from Two Dot in the Spring of 2017. Meanwhile, here’s a video and some music. Tom Jeffords Video Here’s a note from Carol Markstrom who wrote the … Continue reading

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The Social Class of Tom Jeffords and how it affected his friendship with Cochise

Elsewhere I’ve argued that the fair use of culture as an explanation in writing history would involve two obligations on the writer. First, he must show that the cultural behavior he is claiming is or was generally accepted as an … Continue reading

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Rough Hurech’s Excellent Adventure to the American Southwest, an Englishman in the Desert

This past weekend there was an article in the Sierra Vista newspaper and it was linked to this article “Arizona rune stone carved in phony Old Baltic.” The article does nothing to convince me that the stone isn’t genuine. It … Continue reading

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Lincoln, New Mexico, Pie and Billy the Kid

On our way to the Western Writers of America Convention in Lubbock, Texas, we stopped for a late lunch in Lincoln, New Mexico. Lincoln is the center of the Billy the Kid saga. Lunch on a Monday at 2 p.m. … Continue reading

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The Rio Arriba

The Rio Arriba is where I grew up  in Dulce on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. I attended school at McCurdy HS in Santa Cruz near Chimayo about 20 miles north of Santa Fe. The Rio Arriba means the up river … Continue reading

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Culture in Historical Explanation

One of those things that troubles me is how historians handle culture. All too often culture becomes a sort of deus ex machina, God from the machine. Medieval playwrights would write themselves into a corner. To solve the problem God … Continue reading

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Historian

Some days you might think that being an historian is all about “no rules, just right.” There are so many people who write ‘history’ that really don’t know what they’re doing that you can get that impression. I wouldn’t for … Continue reading

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Matt’s Question

On a hike from Fairbank to Willow Wash by way of Fairbank Graveyard and Grand Central Mill, Matt asked, “What I want to know is: where is the River Road?” It’s really a good question quite complex to answer. Of … Continue reading

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Paul Andrew Hutton on the West in US History

Paul Hutton sat down with me at the 2012 Western Writers of America Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to talk about the Importance of the West in American History. Professor Hutton is one of the foremost scholars of American History … Continue reading

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