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Re: Spurs and the Great West

#451 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:44 pm

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#452 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:14 pm

Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved dwellings located in Camp Verde, Arizona which were built and used by the Sinagua people between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. The main structure comprises five stories and twenty rooms, and was built over the course of three centuries.

Several Hopi clans and Yavapai communities trace their ancestries to early immigrants from the Montezuma Castle/Beaver Creek area. Clan members periodically return to these ancestral homes for religious ceremonies.

Montezuma Castle is situated 90 feet up a sheer limestone cliff, facing the adjacent Beaver Creek, which drains into the perennial Verde River just north of Camp Verde. It is one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, in part because of its ideal placement in a natural alcove that protects it from exposure to the elements. The precariousness of the dwelling's location and its immense scale - almost 4,000 square feet of floor space across five stories, suggest that the Sinagua were daring builders and skilled engineers. Access into the structure was most likely permitted by a series of portable ladders.

Construction of the Castle itself is thought to have begun around this time, though the building efforts probably occurred gradually, level-by-level, over many generations. The region's population likely peaked around 1300 AD, with the Castle housing between 30 and 50 people in at least 20 separate rooms. A neighboring segment of the same cliff wall suggests the existence of an even larger dwelling around the same time, of which only the stone foundations have survived.

The latest estimated date of occupation for any Sinagua site comes from Montezuma Castle, around 1425 AD. After this date, like other contemporaneous cultural groups in the southwestern United States, the Sinagua people appear to have abandoned their permanent settlements and migrated elsewhere. The reasons for abandonment of these sites are unclear, but drought, resource depletion, and clashes with the newly arrived Yavapai people have been suggested.
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Re: Spurs and the Great West

#453 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:54 pm

Just when you thought I was out of spurs...

J O Bass senior first set up their family blacksmith shop in Quintaque in 1897 after the family moved to Texas and soon J O Bass junior was helping his father making all manner of items which included a few sets of spurs as sideline items.

Each set of JO Bass cowboy spurs are marked with the name of the place they were created and a number which most believe to be a pattern number rather than a serial number of the individual pair of spurs.

The spurs were all of a similar design, straight with a long shank, a squared off narrow heel band and swinging buttons.

Collectors of cowboy spurs know full well that a good pair of JO Bass spurs will fetch several thousand dollars at auction and are probably one of the rarest and most valuable makes you could find.
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#454 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:34 am

Tonto National Monument lies in the Superstition Mountains, in Gila County of central Arizona. The area lies on the northeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert ecoregion, an arid habitat with annual rainfall of about 16 inches. The Salt River runs through this area, providing a rare, year-round source of water.

Well-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied by the Salado culture during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries. The people farmed in the Salt River Valley, and supplemented their diet by hunting and gathering native plants. The Salado were fine craftspeople, producing some of the most flamboyant polychrome pottery and intricately woven textiles to be found in the Southwest. Some of the artifacts excavated nearby are on display in the visitor center museum.
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#455 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:59 pm

There were a ton of westerns on TV back in the 1950's and 60's. Many of them are rerun now on the ME TV channel. One of my faves was "Have Gun, Will Travel" with Richard Boone, which ran from 1957-63. I still have one of his business cards which were handed out for publicity. To show how naive I was, for a long time I thought Wire was Paladin's first name.
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#456 Post by indy1919a4 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:40 pm

Just referencing have gun will travel..

The full seasons are out there on Youtube... ( I do not know how but they are)

And lots of 50s / 60s Tv is out there for free..

JOhnny Yuma, Silent service, Wild Wild West, Suspense, Playhouse 90.. etc etc etc etc

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#457 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:42 pm

Trackdown ran from 1957-59 with Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. In the 60's he was in the big hit I Spy with Bill Cosby. He did literally hundreds of TV parts until his death in 2010.
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#458 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:05 am

5-in-1 Blanks are blank cartridges which can be used in a variety of firearms. They are specifically made for theatrical use and are commonly used in real firearms for dramatic effect. Since the loud report and flash of ignition, and not the projection of a bullet, is the goal of the cartridge, it can be used in firearms with different sizes

They were called 5-in-1 Blanks because they could be fired in five different firearms commonly used in Hollywood Westerns: .38-40 and .44-40 Winchester rifles and .38-40, .44-40 and .45 Colt revolvers.

The cartridges could be loaded with different charges ranging from lower powered to indoor scenes and scenes around animals up to full charges for outdoor shooting. They are also called a 3-in-1 blanks for the three calibers .38-40, .44-40 and .45 Colt.

The 5-in-1 blanks in use today have been redesigned and are made with plastic cases which can be used not only in .38-40, .44-40 and .45 Colt calibers, but also .44 Special, .44 Magnum, and .410 Gauge firearms. They are available in Crimped and Open Ended/Balloon blank varieties and are made using Black Powder, Smokeless Powder and Half Load types. The Black Powder blanks produce not only a loud report and flash, but also a cloud of white smoke.
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#459 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:54 am

Wanted: Dead or Alive ran from 1958-61 and featured Steve McQueen as a Civil War veteran turned bounty hunter named Josh Randall, whose signature weapon was a sawed off Winchester carried in a holster. The plots could be quirky, like the episode in which Josh empties his rifle at a charging elephant, apparently missing every time, because in later scenes the elephant is fine.

Steve went on to become a major movie star, with titles like The Great Escape, Bullitt, and my personal favorite, Tom Horn.
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#460 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:58 pm

Black Saddle ran for 44 episodes in 1959-60,with Peter Breck as gunfighter Clay Culhane, who becomes a lawyer after his brothers are killed in a shootout. Breck is better known for his later role as one of Barbara Stanwyck's sons in The Big Valley.
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#461 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:24 pm

The Rifleman was a hit, running from 1958-63. Chuck Connors played rancher Lucas McCain, Johnny Crawford was his son Mark, and Paul Fix was Sheriff Micah Torrance. Connors' signature weapon was a model 1892 .44-40 Winchester, which he carried everywhere and fired from the hip with either his left or right hand. This was said to be the same rifle that John Wayne carried in the 1939 classic movie Stagecoach.

Connors acted up through 2001 and Crawford is still acting today.
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#462 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:05 pm

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#463 Post by nrobertb » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:12 am

Chuck Connors followed The Rifleman with Branded in 1965-66. He played a U.S. Army officer who was drummed out for alleged cowardice, and who then roamed the west trying to prove his innocence. His signature weapon was his broken officer's sword which he turned into a really big knife.
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#464 Post by nrobertb » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:31 pm

The Rebel ran from 1959-61 with Nick Adams as a former Confederate soldier who roamed the west saving people from Indians and bad guys. His signature weapon was a sawed off shotgun. (There seems to have been a lot of sawed weapons in those old shows.) Nick later was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. He died in 1968 of a prescription drug overdose.
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#465 Post by nrobertb » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:39 pm

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, in Coolidge, Arizona preserves a group of Ancient Pueblo Peoples Hohokam structures of the Pueblo III and Pueblo IV Eras.

The national monument consists of the ruins of multiple structures surrounded by a compound wall constructed by the ancient people who farmed the Gila Valley in the early 13th century. Archeologists have discovered evidence that the ancient Sonoran Desert people who built the Casa Grande also developed wide-scale irrigation farming and extensive trade connections which lasted over a thousand years until about 1450 C.E.

"Casa Grande" is Spanish for "big house", referring to the largest structure on the site, a four-story structure that may have been abandoned by 1450. The structure is made of caliche clay. The large house consists of outer rooms surrounding an inner structure. The outer rooms are all three stories high, while the inner structure is four stories high. The structures were constructed using traditional adobe processes. The wet adobe is thicker at the base and adds significant strength. Casa Grande contained a ball court. Father Eusebio Kino was the first European to view the Hohokam complex in November 1694. Casa Grande has a distinctive modern roof covering built in 1932.
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