Our Friend Lonesome Ron


ronWe have a musical friend called Lonesome Ron.  He is the kind of fella that is always there if needed.  The kind of friend that we don’t often see, and when we do, he is just all Ron once again.  He remembers every-ones birthday (even my daughter’s!)  and sends a musical greeting of his own device.

He is kind, tall, and good.  We very much like Ron!

Ron is talented, he yodels, he sings cowboy songs, jazz, rock. he plays a bass, a guitar, a mandolin, and more than likely many more instruments.

Well all, Our Lonesome Ron has released his first CD and his having a release party this weekend.  I wish we could go, but we are at a family event that night.  But y’all  if you are in the Mankato area on March 28th, stop in, your time will be well spent!!!ron cd release

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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Today in History…


v0_masterToday in History…  Today, March 10, 1881 A telephone company is established in Tucson, Arizona Territory…  Which leads me here.

Tomorrow evening the Old West Society will be at Twin Cities Public Television in St Paul, answering phones.

Remember to call in and pledge you all.  TPT is a wonderful organization, dedicated to bringing culture, history and honest entertainment to Minnesota!  Old West History

Tomorrow night is Old West History…We will fit right in.  Hope to hear you on the other end of the phone!!!oldwestamerican experience

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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Deadwood Art


oe Dawson Cowboy Art, P.O.Box 2612, Taos, New Mexico 87571 Phone (575)779-7553) #127 DEADWOOD EXTERIOR WAITING ON INTERIOR, Original oil painting stretched on canvas 3 feet in height and 6 feet across. 36"H x 72" W. This is the painting of a street scene for the first season of the HBO series "DEADWOOD".
Joe Dawson Cowboy Art, P.O.Box 2612, Taos, New Mexico 87571 Phone (575)779-7553)
#127 DEADWOOD EXTERIOR WAITING ON INTERIOR, Original oil painting stretched on canvas 3 feet in height and 6 feet across. 36″H x 72″ W. This is the painting of a street scene for the first season of the HBO series “DEADWOOD”.

We love western artwork, and love to share it when possible.  We are trying to make sure we attribute the artist, because by golly, they deserve the praise both legally and morally.  Here is one found on the internet that made us happy, simply because one of our winter projects has been watching all of the Deadwood series. Tough job huh?

 

 

The Eternal Cowboy ♣


What are our views of a cowboy?  Me, I am not a purist. I loved Roy Rogers as a child.  I watched him faithfully every Saturday morning; the adventures of Dale, Trigger, Gabby, and  the wonderful jeep, Nelly Bell held me enthralled, giving me a glimpse of other realities, making mine, for the moment, exotic and romantic.  My reality was out on that ranch, chasing rustlers, hearing the serenade of coyotes, smelling the scent of juniper on the air, the soft smell of leather.   I rode, with my heroes, into the setting sun, dust at my heels.

There is also a less than prosaic view of the west; the ruggedness of trail drives, the harsh mornings of waking to no food, and the need to make way in a hostile environment.  Rough frontier towns, lawless, dirty, built by new settlers, gunmen, farmers, merchants, cowmen, horse wranglers, bankers,gamblers,soiled doves, teachers,ministers, villains, heroes; strong men and women with a need and drive to move forward into a future created by them, for them, and for their children.  They all shared a rough and tumble existence springing from imagination and hard work.

We continue to honor the old west, with our movies, books, reenactments.  Some of you are real western hero’s today, others, like me, live on the fringe of romance, making my own way while straddling both worlds of modern and old.

The cowboy is eternal, and judging by the reactions we receive from children during our old west reenactment, will always exist.

Have you thought of your image of the eternal cowboy?  Do words like honor, pain, perseverance, skill come to mind?  Do you understand where in your soul the cowboy walks?

Gunleather of the Old West


We have images in our minds of long, lean cowboys, walking slowly down a dusty street, hand hovering near his holster, eyes steely, determined, ready to draw on his nemesis.  For us, here at Lost Creek, this image is one we revere, we love the westerns, old and new, and we love the romance of the history of the gunslinger.

JT loves it so much that he builds holsters, some for friends, some for himself, some for sale.  He loves crafting the leather, fitting the gun.  It is art, well created art.

So where did these holsters come from?  Me, I have to research for information that comes naturally to JT and others, I have to read, dig in and learn.

This is what I have learned so far.

One of the first known holsters created was the Pommel Holster. This type of holster was used by the military in the early American colonies.  During the California Gold Rush holster was modified into the Pommel Bag Holster by Wells Fargo riders.  This holster held long bore single shot handguns, (horse pistols).  The pommel bag was valued because it was easily used to carry more than one gun at a time and hold ready ammunition.  Having handy firepower was important, for law enforcement, riders, and outlaws.  No one wanted to be caught out in a battle under gunned!

An issue with holsters of the early years was the expense involved. Mostly produced in the east for a hefty cost, any type of holster was a prized possession, and not readily available.  To solve this dilemma, western saddle makers soon learned the art of creating holsters of their own, some rustic, some polished and full of specifications for the buyers.

As guns evolved so did the holster.   Holsters became more portable, minimal, and able to be carried on a belt, or attached to a pommel with a more precise pattern for shotguns and rifles.  These first affairs were made with just a slip in carrier, the gun slipping in, but also easily slipping out at an untoward moment, so tie downs and fasteners were incorporated into the patterns, early holsters were made open at the tip, and this caused difficulties with dirt, and debris entering into the barrels of guns, so again a modification was created and holsters became closed at the bottoms.  Most of these belt holsters were created with a back flap that a belt could be slipped through for wearing.

Holsters are made right handed, left handed, to be carried on a belt, suspenders, hips, and even in a boot.  What ever the gunslinger needed was created.  Soon cowboys craved a bit of spit and polish for the holsters they used to carry their prized side arms, and leather smiths found their skills leaned to creating artistic carvings in the leather, perhaps adding a bit of color or shiny accouterments.

Like any bit of old west history holsters come with evocative names, the Slim Jim or California, the Mexican Loop, the Cheyenne, and the one we know most, the Buscadero, the holster that was made popular by Roy Rogers, and the Lone Ranger, with special engraving, silver plating and the exciting look we associate with child hood Saturday afternoons in theater balconies.

And in this vein even more developments have come into being, with the walk and draw style, utilizing a forward muzzle action for fast draw competitors.  This holster has also become the standard for today’s Spaghetti Westerns.  Clint Eastwood wore this holster forcefully.

With civilization came hip and pocket holsters, designed so that gentleman need not show their fire power in public, and could avoid offending the gentler sensibilities of modern America.  And from this we have evolved into the less than genteel mobster style of holster, holding arms that are hidden from the prying eyes of the law.

For what ever reason we use a holster, if it be for function, style, or pure whimsy, we can look back through the part they have played in the long history of America with great respect and honor.