RANGE WARS OF THE AMERICAN WEST

HAPPY FRONTIERADO! The great day is here once again which means it’s the first day of a three-day weekend for those of us on four continents who celebrate it! Today we’re all busy getting ready for our meals of buffalo steaks and ribs, New Mexico Territory Fried Rice, Western Spaghetti, rabbit legs, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and cactus salad! After that we’ll all play Frontierado Poker while drinking Cactus Jacks and wind up the evening with Tumbleweed Pizzas and a midnight viewing of Silverado, the OFFICIAL western of Frontierado!

To help celebrate this holiday which commemorates the myth of the American West, not the grinding reality here is a look at some of the best-known Range Wars of the period along with their most famous gunfighters.

Texas

Texas

MASON COUNTY WAR

Location: Texas

When: June 1874 to September 1876

The Belligerent Parties: The majority German population ranchers versus the English-speaking ranchers.

The War’s Most Famous Gunfighter: Johnny Ringo

New Mexico

New Mexico

LINCOLN COUNTY WAR

Location: New Mexico

When: February 1878 to July 1878

The Belligerent Parties: The Tunstall-McSween Faction versus the Murphy-Dolan Faction

The War’s Most Famous Gunfighter: Billy the Kid

Arizona

Arizona

PLEASANT VALLEY WAR

Location: Arizona

When: 1883 to 1892

The Belligerent Parties: The cattle herders versus the newly arrived sheep herders

The War’s Most Famous Gunfighter: Tom Horn and Commodore Perry Owens

Wyoming

Wyoming

JOHNSON COUNTY WAR

Location: Wyoming

When: 1889 to 1892

The Belligerent Parties: The Wyoming Stock Growers Association versus the sheep herders

The War’s Most Famous Gunfighter: Tom Horn

Idaho (top) and Nevada

Idaho (top) and Nevada

ELKO/CASSIA WAR

Location: Idaho and Nevada

When: January 1895 to October 1896

The Belligerent Parties: The Sparks-Harrell Cattle Company versus the sheep herders

The War’s Most Famous Gunfighter: Diamondfield Jack

FOR KLONDIKE KATE, X THE VIGILANTE, DIAMONDFIELD JACK AND SAM SIXKILLER CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2013/07/29/gunslingers-four-more-neglected-male-and-female-gunfighters/

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38 responses to “RANGE WARS OF THE AMERICAN WEST

  1. Fun! I always wondered what Johnny Ringo was up to before Tombstone!

  2. Nice article! The Lincoln County War was the only one I ever heard of.

  3. I am gutted that I had to miss out this year with the diet forbidding all these types of food.
    😦

  4. Aimee

    Wild west is right!

  5. I’d love to have been a gunfighter in a Range war!

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  7. Nice to see the Mason County War get mentioned.

  8. Bea

    Commodore Perry Owens?

  9. Jermaine Waggoner

    Go Johnny Ringo!

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  12. Geno the Kid

    Johnny Ringo, baby! Hells yeah!

  13. G Russo

    Johnny Ringo deserves more love!

  14. Rob

    The Johsnon War was always my favorite.

  15. Gary K

    I like the comparison to gang wars.

  16. Tony

    I like the American west.

  17. Pudding

    Johnny Ringo fought in Texas before Arizona? I never knew that!

  18. Ruby

    I like the smattering of info. Some places pile on too much info.

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