Sunrise. Warm Sunrise…


Old West Limited Edition Fine Art Photograph Rifle Pistol and Cowboy Spurs by James F. SadlerCattle Drive Open Range Sunset by Patrick Rahming

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No More Hurdy Gurdy


Today in history…
Today in 1885; Montana Territory- the legislature banned “pernicious hurdy-gurdy” houses.  Well then…

despair of the dovesFor all the romance, for all the movie representations about Spoiled Doves. we can name more stories of the pain of prostitution.  Often a needed way to make money for women of the old west, prostitution was a dangerous and life sapping activity.  Women were subject to beatings, disease, overwork and early death.  Many women imported from other countries, were held as slaves dependent on their “owners”  to survive.  Their lives were sad and rough, Women from an early age entered into this system, starting in youth as a featured member of the house and often ending; older and worn out, in back alley cribs.

Widows, daughters, poor destitute women were  soilded doveforced due to circumstances to turn to prostitution to survive.  There were few ways for a woman to make money, teaching, store keeping, millinery and prostitution were primary income sources, and the “good” jobs where few.

Upon the shoulders of these outcast ladies; great parts of our country were built.

Our hats are off to honor them!

 

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The Spirit of Freedom


We are a country of free thinkers, liberal and conservative alike.  We, as a people, come together united in freedom of religion, politics, creed.   Texas represents to us, a large independent union filled with free spirit.

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Happy Independence Day Texas!  We honor you!

Alfred Owle’s Last Stop


This Picture caught our heart,  The Old West was for a short time, yet its magic lives on!

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Another Spring, another June Cook Off at Fort Sisseton


We love the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival.  We love the beautiful countryside, the wonderfully restored fort, patrick wagonthe June weather.    Every spring we head just a little west for days of revisiting old friends, the Swanson’s, the Patrick’s, the McCaffre’s, and more.  The festival has lots to offer, art, militaryatfortmountain men, soldiers cowboys, wagons, , campfires, and fun.

 

Ready to judge
Ready to judge

Right about now we dust off our cook books, start practicing our biscuits and inventory our supplies.  Maybe this year y’all can come out and join us for a good time!wateratfort