Before moving on to new blog posts for the upcoming Frontierado holiday (August 5th this year), here is a guide to the most popular new entries from the 2021 celebration.
THE APACHE KID – This Native American gunslinger’s life on both sides of the law intrigued a lot of people. Some saw his saga as a western Robin Hood tale when he was funneling supplies to his put-upon people on reservations. The tantalizing mysteries regarding his ultimate fate cement his immortality in the public’s imagination. Click HERE.
QUEEN KITTY LEROY – She was one of the most successful female gambler/ gunslingers of the era. She was also legendary for her stage dancing and for her many marriages. Kitty’s travels took her all over the west, ultimately winding up in iconic Deadwood, SD. Click HERE.
DALLAS STOUDENMIRE – The man with one of the most “westernish” first names ever, Stoudenmire served in the U.S. Civil War AND in Mexico’s war against Emperor Maximilian. After that he worked as a Texas Ranger, then a wandering gunfighter and ultimately a lawman – first in Socorro, NM and in his most popular years taming El Paso, TX when it was known as “Hellpaso.” Click HERE.
SOAPY SMITH – Jefferson “Soapy” Smith was the closest thing America in the 1800s had to a 20th or 21st Century crime boss. He and his outlaw associates ran an empire in Denver, CO, Creede, CO and then ran afoul of armed vigilantes in Alaska when they tried to repeat the pattern up there. Click HERE.
CHARLIE SIRINGO – The long career of an incredible adventurer. Siringo started out as a cowboy on cattle drives before becoming a bounty hunter and then a Pinkerton Detective. His life saw him cross paths with some of the biggest names in the Old West, from Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid to the Butch Cassidy faction of the Hole in the Wall Gang. Charlie’s writings preserved some crucial western lore. Click HERE.
CANYON DIABLO, THE MOST LAWLESS TOWN OF THE OLD WEST – As tough as Dodge City, Tombstone or Deadwood may have been, they were at least settled enough to have schools and newspapers. Canyon Diablo was too untamed for any such traces of civilization. Click HERE.
DANITES: THE GUNSLINGING “KNIGHTS” OF THE OLD WEST – This older entry had a huge revival last year. It’s a look at Danite lore and the still-raging controversy surrounding them. Click HERE.
MARIE LORDS – Before Annie Oakley there was Marie Lords! A brief look at one of the most elusive women from the Old West. The more you know about Marie Lords the more you wish that even more information was available! Click HERE.
7 responses to “BEST OF FRONTIERADO’S 2021 SAGAS”
Soapy Smith, what a name. Great read and a great bunch of individuals.
Thank you very much! Yeah, “Soapy” is a memorable nickname.
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