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Old West Daily Reader Dictionary

Yes, old timers, cowboys, miners and railroaders had their own language and they used some words a tad differently from everyone else…
…and then there’s Texan, a language unto its self.
We’ll get to some of all of it, in here somewhere…

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“They took along their runnin’ irons
and maybe a dog or two
and allowed they’d brand all the long eared dogies
that came within their view.

Now, many a long-eared dogie
that didn’t hush up by day,
had his long ears whittled and his old hide scorched
in a most artistic way.”

from “Tying Knots in the Devil’s Tail
an old cowboy song


Abbot & Downing – Coach and wagon makers from 1827 to 1847, then operated by the son, until about 1900.  {001}
see also:
Photo Gallery Index – Transportation PhotosHooves, Travois & Wheels
Wk. 28, o7/09/1857 – The Granddaddy of ’em all!
Wk. 37, 09/16/1857 – Butterfield Overland Mail

Abolitionist – An anti-slavery activist.

above snakes – still alive (on top of the ground, on the right side of the grass).

Absaalooke Nation – The Crow Indian Nation.

acculturation – The psychological changes induced by cross-cultural imitation. – John Wesley Powell in 1883.

ace-in-the- hole – one’s hidden advantage in whatever; your back-up knife and/or gun.

acequia – (Sp.) An irrigation ditch.

adit – (mining) A horizontal tunnel from the surface.
Photo Gallery Index – Mining Photos

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