Week 52: December

Week 52: December 24th thru 31st

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12/24 of… 1809

Christopher “Kit” Carson born near Richmond, KY; frontiersman, scout, soldier.  {001}


The Fort Pueblo Massacre just west of Fountain Creek on the Arkansas River; a settlement founded by ex-mountain men and their Taoseño (Taos) wives is attacked by Jicarilla Apache and Mouache [Southern Ute]. They kill seventeen men and kidnap a woman and two children.  {001 & 019}


The Sutton-Taylor Feud [TX] is precipitated by the killings of Bill Chisholm and Buck Taylor.  {001}


Near Allen Station, TX; The Sam Bass Gang takes the stage.  {001}


Clarence King - Week 52: December 24th thru 31stPhoenix, AZ was the last stop for author, explorer, geologist and mountaineer, Clarence King at 59 years. Leader of the 40th Parallel Survey (1867-72); King also served as the first Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (1879). Photo: U.S. PD c. 1879-81 unknown.  {001}
see also:
The Originals Index – Lost Treasures in the Old West – Hoaxes
The Great Colorado Diamond Hoax of 1872


The president of the Phelps Dodge Mining Company, Dr. James Douglas, discovered rich deposits of gold in the Dripping Springs Mountains south of Globe, AZ (1880). However, the deposits couldn’t be developed because they were on the Apache Indian Reservation. So, Phelps Dodge hired one Michael O’Brien, an Irishman, to squat on the property awaiting an opportunity legally file on the claims. O’Brien camped on the site for the next twenty years.
Much later, another entrepreneur, George Chittenden had learned about the gold. He was able to ram a bill through Congress and gerrymander the reservation line around the deposits. He then quietly hired riders to relay word of the bill’s passage from Casa Grande (75 miles away). When word of the bill’s success arrived by telegraph the day before Christmas (1902), the riders were dispatched and Chittenden received the news Christmas Eve. He and friend N. H. Mellor immediately staked claims, naming the claims and the new town, Christmas, AZ. Unfortunately, O’Brien, had gone into Globe to celebrate the holiday, by the time he returned, it was too late.
The Christmas Mine thrived and paid, on and off from 1905 until 1943 (copper, silver and gold). The mine closed for the final time in the 1980’s, the post office had closed 03/30/1935. During all those years, people from all around the country had sent thousands of holiday cards and packages to Christmas to get the town’s postmark. Photo: U.S. PD pre-1923 Christmas, AZ.  {001}


Tombstone Movie poster - Week 52: December 24th thru 31st.General release of the movie Tombstone directed by George P. Cosmatos. A great “Western” and easily the best of the films dealing with the events in and around Tombstone, AZ c. early 1880’s. As movies must, there are condensations, exaggerations and one very major historical alteration for added drama. Val Kilmer‘s Doc Holliday is exquisite and in my opinion, captures the man. Kurt Russell is a strong, hard Wyatt Earp. Powers Boothe as Curly Bill Brocius is memorable. All of the supporting cast are believable and the story is well told. Definitely a classic, don’t miss it! Photo/Poster © fair use  {001}
see also:
For a look at the actual events:
Wk. 43, 10/26/1881 – OK Corral – 3 listings
PLAYERS – Timelines Index – Timelines A-L Index:
Sheriff Johnny Behan Timeline
Ike Clanton Timeline
– Fred J. Dodge Timeline
Morgan Seth Earp Timeline
Virgil Walter Earp Timeline
– Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp Timeline
– Doc Holliday Timeline
The Pretenders – Movies

12/25 of… 1835

William H. Baker born in either Chenango or Otsego County, upstate NY. He will become a master gunsmith.  {001}


William Milton “Billy” Breakenridge; born at Watertown, WI; cowboy, teamster, army scout, deputy sheriff, author of Helldorado (1928). Billy was at a lot of interesting places; read what he says and thought about his times.  {001}


Cole Younger, George Clayton, Abe Cunningham, Fletcher Taylor, George Todd and Zach Traber, search Kansas City, MO saloons until Cole finds and kills one of the men he believesOld West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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