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#256 Post by nrobertb » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:18 am

here is a pair of spurs by Earlon Shirley with the Rafter C brand.
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#257 Post by nrobertb » Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:10 pm

The cowboy's lariat or lasso was an all purpose tool. He could rope a steer for branding, pull the chuck wagon out of the mud, or do fancy tricks. Some thought (wrongly) that a stiff new rope laid out in a circle when you were sleeping would keep a rattlesnake from crawling over it.
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#258 Post by nrobertb » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:37 pm

Lasso and lariat are both derived from Spanish words: lazo and riata (or reata), both meaning rope or lariat.

One end of the rope is a fixed loop called a hondo, which makes it easy to form and keep a large loop for throwing. The lariat is usually tied in front of the rider's knee with the saddle strings.
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#259 Post by nrobertb » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:00 am

Most modern lariats are fairly stiff so the loop doesn't collapse when it is thrown. As an aside, I found this old cowboy adventure magazine published in 1944.
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#260 Post by nrobertb » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:28 am

This pair of spurs is by Lytle & Mower.
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#261 Post by nrobertb » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:54 pm

Fort Union in New Mexico was on the Santa Fe Trail. From 1841-1891 it was a major western army post. It was actually two posts in one. One half was the officers and men who guarded the frontier. Various units served here, including the 6th Cavalry. The other half was the officers and men of the supply depot for other forts farther west.

There are four large brick lined pits that had wooden outhouses on top. In the 1960's they excavated one. Apparently when the soldiers cleaned the barracks all the trash was dumped in the outhouse. They founds thousands of bottles, many of which were beer bottles from St. Louis. They also found a Springfield trapdoor carbine. Perhaps one soldier tried to get another in trouble by stealing his rifle.

Today the site is a National Monument.
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#262 Post by nrobertb » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:03 am

Another National Monument is Fort Davis in Texas. Between 1851` and 1891 it guarded the El Paso to San Antonio road. It was named for Jefferson Davis, who was then a cabinet officer under President Pierce.

Ft. Union, shown in the previous post, was built of adobe brick and is gradually eroding away. Ft. Davis was built of stone which has lasted. It has largely been restored and has a group of reenactors who demonstrate life in the military in the 1800's.

An interesting historical footnote is that it was built on private land and the government never paid the owners a cent.
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#263 Post by nrobertb » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:16 am

This merry band of stagecoach riders had come out from town to view the site of Bent's Old Fort in southeastern Colorado. Obviously there were no maximum occupancy regulations then. No wonder they needed six horses.
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#264 Post by nrobertb » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:12 pm

Bent's Old Fort is an 1833 fort located in southeastern Colorado. A company owned by Charles and William Bent and Ceran St. Vrain built the fort to trade with Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Plains Indians and trappers for buffalo robes. For much of its 16-year history, the fort was the only major white American permanent settlement on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. It was destroyed under mysterious circumstances in 1849.

Today it is a National Historic Site and was rebuilt using original maps, drawings, and archeological evidence.

Maybe some of you remember the name from playing the computer game Oregon Trail in grade school.
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#265 Post by nrobertb » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:09 am

There's some nice engraving on these. I don't know the maker.
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#266 Post by nrobertb » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:11 am

There's some nice engraving on these. I don't know the maker.
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#267 Post by nrobertb » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:34 pm

Here's a pair of Jenkins spurs.
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#268 Post by nrobertb » Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:27 pm

Another bit. This one has slobber straps instead of slobber chains.
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#269 Post by nrobertb » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:25 am

Here's a very strange old bit. Maybe the bit is porous and the funnel feeds some sort of medicine or lubrication.
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#270 Post by nrobertb » Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:38 pm

Here's a piece from jolly old England: a late 1800's Infantry Mounted Officers bit.
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