Category Archives: 19th Century

Fort Bowie, AZ

We went out to Fort Bowie for the Centennial of the U.S. Park Service. B Troop was there and we hiked in and around the fort. Fort Bowie was founded in 1862 by the California Column and name for one … Continue reading

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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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Tom Jeffords’s Secret

With Carol Markstrom’s Jefford’s Secret as background music, I need to explain what Tom’s secret was. Tom knew where Cochise was buried. Many white men wanted to know but Tom would never tell. Alice Rollins Crane spent twenty years trying … 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 Life and Times of Tom Jeffords

Tom Jeffords was portrayed by Jimmy Stewart in the 1950 classic film Broken Arrow. Although he did ride alone into Cochise’s Stronghold to make the peace, events were not quite as portrayed in film, legend and popular history. The real … Continue reading

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Bisbee Corral of the Westerners trip around the Great Loop to Patagonia, Tubac, Tumacacori, San Xavier del Bac and the Museum of the Horse Solider

On October 17, 2015, the Bisbee Corral of the Westerners made a trip down the great loop – Sonoita, Patagonia, Tumacacori Mission, Tubac, San Xavier del Bac Mission and the Museum of the Horse Soldier in Tucson with dinner at … Continue reading

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Tom Jeffords, Sutler at Fort Huachuca, life after the Chiricahua Agency

Tom Jeffords was played by Jimmy Stewart in Broken Arrow, the man who rode alone into Cochise’s Stronghold and became the chief’s friend. When peace was negotiated between General O.O. Howard and the Chiricahua Apache, Cochise retained a reservation that … Continue reading

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Steampunk in Tombstone, Jules Vern, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Science Fiction and Shoot Outs in the Street

A friend of mine was on a rant the other day about Steampunk. How dare they come to Tombstone with their silly costumes that aren’t at all authentic 19th century. Get some real 19th century clothing. Besides Steampunk is so … Continue reading

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Blood and Thunder, not a biography of Kit Carson but still good

There is a special enmity in my heart for journalists posing as historians. I have to admit that many write beautifully and some have done a wonderful job with their subject matter. However, many pad their bibliographies by including popular … Continue reading

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Kit Carson, Hero or Heel: Dispelling the false history of the ignorant and America hater

I was signing books in Santa Fe when a woman walked up to my table. “Your hero is Kit Carson? He was such a terrible person!” “What have you got in mind?” I asked. Her friend jumps in. “You better … Continue reading

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