This is a :: Our World Tuesday post.
Might as well take the Stage out to Boot Hill
Q: Why did the bowlegged cowboy get fired? A: Because he couldn’t keep his calves together!
“Boothill... Boothill...So cold... so still...
There they lay side by side,the killers that died,
in the Gunfight at O.K. Corral.”
“Because of the many violent deaths of the early days, the cemetery became known as Boothill Graveyard. It is possibly a true symbol of this roaring mining town of the early 1880s. Buried here are outlaws with their victims, suicides, and hangings, legal and otherwise, along with the hardy citizens and refined element of Tombstone's first days.” READ MORE
"Contrary to the popular understanding, early territorial lynching did not flow from an absence or distance of law enforcement but rather from the social instability of early communities and their contest for property, status, and the definition of social order."[
Check out this Slide Show and essay on “Lynching's in the West, Erased From History and Photos.”
“Back in the Old West three Texas cowboys were about to be hung for cattle rustling. The lynch mob brought the three men to a tree right at the edge of the Rio Grande. The idea was that when each man had died, theyd cut the rope and hed drop into the river and drift out of sight They put the first cowboy in the noose, but he was so sweaty and greasy he slipped out, fell in the river and swam to freedom. They tied the noose around the second cowboys head. He, too, oozed out of the rope, dropped into the river and got away. As they dragged the third Texan to the scaffold, he resisted, "Please! Would yawl tighten that noose a little bit? I cant swim!"
The countryside as seen from Boothill…
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