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  • The Fascinating History of the US Cavalry  By : Jimmy Cox
    The cavalry is no more. But it has a glorious past. It was the elite corps of the Army because it was small and because, throughout the ages, glamour has surrounded the horseman; in any age, at any time, he is a knight in shining armor wearing a bright plume! Perhaps the most famous poem lauding courage of the cavalry is Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" (an action of British Cavalry against the Russians in the Crimean War in 1854).
  • Badges That Won The West - Pony Express Messenger Badge  By : JoAnn Graham
    Nothing about the Old West has captured our imaginations like the lone Pony Express messenger galloping across the frontier carrying a mail pouch he would defend with his life. The Pony Express Messenger Badge is an enduring symbol of a glorious, uniquely American enterprise that operated only eighteen months, between April 1860 and October 1861.
  • Badges That Won The West -- Texas Ranger's Badge  By : JoAnn Graham
    The Texas Ranger badge is the emblem for a proud tradition of service that stretches back over a century. Rugged frontier Indian fighters, revolutionaries, detectives and lawmen-- the Texas Rangers are the stuff of Western Legend.
  • Badges That Won The West -- Deadwood Marshal's Badge  By : JoAnn Graham
    Wild Bill Hickcock, Calamity Jane and many other colorful characters walked the streets of Deadwood, South Dakota in its early days, but there was little evidence of law, much less order in the rowdy mining camp.
  • Badges That Won The West - Dodge City Marshal's Badge  By : JoAnn Graham
    Dodge City Badges were worn by Bat Masterson (county sheriff), his brother, Ed Masterson, (a City Marshall killed in the line of duty) and Wyatt Earp (also a City Marshal), among others. It was their job to impose order on this wild, western Kansas cowtown where railroad workers, buffalo hunters, soldiers from Ft. Dodge and cowhands came to drink, carouse and fight.
  • Badges That Won The West -- Lincoln County Sheriff's Badge  By : JoAnn Graham
    The Lincoln County Sheriff's badge recalls the violent 1870s, when a range war erupted between several ranchers and a trio of corrupt businessmen in the town of Lincoln.

    The most famous participant in the conflict was William Henry McCarty, a.k.a. William H. Bonney, better known as "Billy the Kid", though most of his fame resulted from his role in the Lincoln County War.
  • Badges That Won The West -- Tombstone Marshal's Badge  By : JoAnn Graham
    The Tombstone, Arizona U.S. Marshal's Badge recalls the mining town of Tombstone, with its storied Boot Hill Cemetery and Gunfight at the OK Corral. Even though history records several gunfights with more combatants and a much higher body count, the OK Corral shoot-out is acknowledged by historians to be the most famous gunfight in the history of the American West.
  • Vintage Cowboy Boots  By : Kevin Stith
    The evolution of the cowboy boot begins with a tall boot ranging between 13 to 18 inches in height with intricately designed heels one to two inches high. Sought-after vintage cowboy boots have original spur straps with brass conchos complete with chains and jinglebobs.
  • Collecting Cowboy Gear  By : Darlene Anderson
    The "Old West" has always held a unique fascination for many people. Whether it is the memories of watching "The Lone Ranger", "Roy Rogers" or later on "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza", or just the idea of the "free spirit" type of life led by the cowboy, this fascination has led to a renewed interest in collecting the gear of the Cowboy.
  • BILLY THE KID  By : Ann
    Henry McCarty (November 23, 1859–July 14, 1881) better known as Billy the Kid but also known by the alias William Henry Bonney, was a 19th century American frontier outlaw and murderer who was a participant in the Lincoln County War. He is reputed to have killed 21 men, one for each year of his life, but the figure is probably closer to nine (four on his own and five with the help of others)
  • Pat Garrett  By : Ann
    Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett (June 5, 1850 Chambers County, Alabama - February 28, 1908) was a bartender and later a sheriff, alleged to have tracked down and killed Billy the Kid. He is sometimes referred to as, "The Man Who Shot "Billy the Kid."
  • Famous outlaws  By : Ann
    The stereotype owes a great deal to English folklore precedents, in the tales of Robin Hood and of gallant highwaymen. But outlawry was once a term of art in the law, and one of the harshest judgments that could be pronounced on anyone's head.

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