At the end of August 1909, the regulars at Evarts & Schwanbeck’s saloon in Wickenburg, Arizona were enjoying a few refreshing beverages. Someone ordered a brand of whisky that wasn’t on the shelf, so bartender Al Evarts reached for a drawer where he remembered putting a bottle of the special stuff. He pulled it open … Continue reading Much Excitement at the Saloon
February is Black History Month, and I have a little-known story for you from the history of the West. Over the last few years historians have been thinking and writing about Black history in new and exciting ways. A lot of the focus has been on the South, but there is also a rich African-American past … Continue reading Elizabeth Smith: A Black Entrepreneur in Arizona
Folks of a certain age in the United States will remember the Death Valley Days TV show of the 1950s. But before Ronald Reagan, Robert Taylor, and Dale Robertson hosted the long-running series, Death Valley Days was a popular radio program. It debuted in September of 1930 and featured a singer called The Lonesome Cowboy, … Continue reading The Cowboy Singer Who Wasn’t A Cowboy
Grab a cup of coffee or a soda and put your feet up: I've got a long post for you today. November 5 marks the 150th anniversary of the “Wickenburg Massacre,” a stagecoach shootout that inspires either spirited discussion or fist-shaking arguments among historians and history buffs. The arguments are about who actually did the … Continue reading The Wickenburg Massacre: Still Mysterious After 150 Years
In May of 1866 the Rev. Charles Morris Blake, his wife and two children moved from Pennsylvania to Fort Whipple, in Prescott, Arizona Territory. Rev. Blake had a spotty record as an Army chaplain in the Civil War, but he stayed in the service and was assigned to minister to the troops at Whipple and … Continue reading A Visit to Wickenburg in 1867….that didn’t go well.