Tags: My Favorite Westerns
Santy Anno / The Kingston Trio
Most people were just shoveling gravel and whistling Dixie.
It was not glorious.
Law and Order …
Self enforcement …
Your weight in Gold ??
With a little help from a nearby rail …
I’m worth $1,352,949 more than Rose.
(The only time I can think that it would actually Pay to be fat)
Barkerville, British Columbia / Caribou Mountains
Quesnel, British Columbia
Romantic I tell ya.
On our recent (short) Vancouver Island holiday, Rose got wind of an exhibit at the Royal Victoria Museum called Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC.
I knew this would be an excellent exhibit about an important – and one of Canada’s greatest Western events – The Caribou Gold Rush.
What would US and Canadian history be like without the several gold rushes that opened up the Western territories? Very different I assure you. Not many ‘gold rushers’ found gold, but they poured into these unsettled territories – thus settling and opening up the great Western wilderness.
First you get to see an impressive IMAX presentation
O what to do with all this gold …
I can think of a couple of things …
After a two day tussle with Windows 10 I discover that there is no fix for my problem – whereby my system occasionally freezes up. Windows 10 is not compatible with my Motherboard and at present there are no Drivers to remedy this. Therefore I will likely go back to Windows 7. There is a built in component that will allow me to do so.
This being said, I haven’t enough experience with Win 10 to recommend it or to piss on it. I’m guessing it will work OK for most people – though I note a great many users are flooding MS with issues. Typically.
Win some … Lose some
Finally got my computer back from the infirmary …
Installed Windows 10 …
System locks up. Can’t even access Task Manager.
Upon reboot I get this: “Asus (Motherboard) setup: Does not support this operating system WNT_6.2H_64”
My tech says this is a Windows 10 problem. Uh huh.
In the process of contacting Microsoft …
Wish me luck.
You might be faster’n me … but I’m likely more persistent.
Heading over to Vancouver Island tomorrow – for a week.
Thought I’d throw this post up before we go.
See you in a week.
On our Arizona Holiday a few people suggested we check out
So we did.
It’s a large area.
We liked what we saw … and decided to come back the next day.
The next day:
There’s a few ways to get up Sabino Canyon:
Walk, Jog, Bike … or the Geezer Tram.
There’s a few places you can jump out if you want
… but we went to the top.
Then you can hike back down via several trails …
This guy jogged all the way back down. Yup.
There’s water in the canyon … but you’d better bring some with you.
“Warning: Sabino Canyon is a natural area with inherent dangers.
Be cautious of
– Falling rocks
– Venomous wildlife
– Sudden storms and lightning
– Flash floods
Hiking down …
Looks inviting doesn’t it?
Life is tuff.
Heading back …
Have a nice day.
July 27, 2014 – August 2, 2015
The loveable (?) (OK, likeable) hitchhiking robot Hitchbot met his brutal demise whilst sitting on a public bench in Philadelphia, US of A – the City of Brotherly Love. Love, evidently not extended to mechanical entities – even as harmless as Hitchbot.
From the Official Website: http://www.hitchbot.me/
hitchBOT | A robot exploring the world\
“hitchBOT’s trip came to an end last night in Philadelphia after having spent a little over two weeks hitchhiking and visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. Unfortunately, hitchBOT was vandalized overnight in Philadelphia; sometimes bad things happen to good robots. We know that many of hitchBOT’s fans will be disappointed, but we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over. For now we will focus on the question “what can be learned from this?” and explore future adventures for robots and humans.”
Below: the broken and mutilated body of poor Hitchbot
lies in a Philadelphia gutter.
Rest in Peaces Hitch
Funeral Services dates will be announced
as soon as all his parts have been recovered.
Above: Hitchbot at Fenway
Below: Hitchbot’s Bucket List
Wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie. I just hoped it was good. It did keep my interest up. But it’s definitely not a conventional ‘old style’ Western. At times it almost seems like a stream of disjointed surrealistic vignettes – some violent – some humorous. I wasn’t surprised by the ending. One thing I did notice though, was an unusual weapon that used in one scene. A particular rifle that I recognized right away – from one of My Favorite Westerns. It’s used by a bounty hunter in one of the concluding scenes: Below: Do you recognize it?
You may not recall it’s Make, but if you’re a Western fan you may well recall where you saw it before.
Ka boooom !!!
That’s the rifle. So where have we seen this before?
Why right here …
Yep … same gun.
Ka boooom !!!
Even sounds the same.
Ripple / Grateful Dead
The Grand Finale of the ongoing entertainment at Old Tucson Studios
is a stunt show. Stunt Set Below:
Sadly, none of our stunt photos turned out … Grrrr.
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Is this taking a long time? or is it just me?
Well, the fantasy sail on the Bluenose schooner (the only item on my Bucket List) was a nice diversion.
Now back to Arizona Holiday / Old Tucson Studios.
The Hanging Tree / Norton Buffalo
Somebody at Old Tucson Studios had a great idea: make a nice picnic oasis rest area for visitors
– with a waterfall, a pond, and a some shelter.
So they did.
A Dedication to Marilyn and Garry of Serendipity Blog
May your sails be full
and a fair wind blowin’ …
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
– John Masefield, 1913
Some people might think that nuthin’ happens up here in Canada
– that we have no passion, no love, no lore …
But oh, they’d be so wrong.
So wrong !
Bluenose – Stan Rogers
The Bluenose has got it’s new masts installed, fixed it’s rudder, passed it’s Sea Trials, chastised the bureaucrats,
and is ready to sail !!
“LUNENBURG, Nova Scotia — The Bluenose II will be available for public tours on Saturday after undergoing a major restoration.
Members of the public will be able to tour the ship after it sails into the harbour in Lunenburg and before it begins offering sailing harbour tours on July 19.
The vessel is a replica of the original Bluenose, the 1921 Grand Banks fishing schooner that won worldwide acclaim for its graceful lines and speed.”
And for being the fastest schooner in the world for 18 years!
Photo by Mike Copeman
Hometown favorite Connor Hamilton rode his way to the novice bareback riding bronze at the Stampede, after making an 80 point ride Saturday, to go along with the 75.5 from earlier in the Stampede. The former Junior A hockey player only took up rodeo recently, so it was quite an accomplishment to take the title at his first Stampede. Lane Cust of Ardmore claimed the novice saddle bronc honors in his third Stampede appearance, after making a stellar 82 point on his first horse, and then adding in a 77.5 in the Finals.
Story by Dianne Finstad
I like MacKenna’s Gold. Why? Precisely because it is so unusual.
Plus it’s Star Power: Sharif, Gregory Peck, Telly Savalas, Keenan Wynn.
Julie Newmar, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith,
Anthony Quayle, Edward G. Robinson, Eli Wallach
Omar’s second unusual Western is
I love this movie and find it very re-watchable. I couldn’t understand
some of the unfavorable reviews ???
Omar’s role is a support role – not large. But he’s excellent – as usual.
Ride on Omar!
Our last stop on Main Street was the Western Movie Museum …
Below: Cannon used in The Alamo (1960)
Below: The Alamo trailer – includes Wayne’s classic Coonskin quote
which pretty well summed up Wayne’s personal philosophy.
Below: the great Western Film Director: Cecil Wanna B Ford
“It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy
than to get a cowboy to be an actor.”
– John Ford
Good, I still have a chance.
Below: Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) poster. (My Favorite Western).
Note the uncanny resemblance between me and Burt Lancaster!
Uncanny I tell ya!
You must be the one they call ‘The Kid’.
Earps and Wesson
Nearly 40-percent of Old Tucson, including many of the most-famous wood structures, was destroyed by fire on April 24, 1995.
The park was rebuilt for tourists, (re-opened in 1997) but never regained the magic of its heyday as a Old West filmmaking mecca.
A sizzling fire has gutted most of Arizona’s famed Old Tucson Studios, which provided the ramshackle saloons, dusty hitching posts and glorious sunsets for countless Western movies and television shows.
The Monday evening blaze, so hot that it melted an antique fire engine, destroyed or damaged more than three-fourths of the park’s wooden buildings, from an old-time barber shop to an adobe mission to a mock city hall. An elaborate sound stage also burned, increasing the damage estimate to at least $10 million, officials said.
Even more traumatic for Western fans, the fire consumed revered one-of-a-kind artifacts: the dress Laura wore in “Little House on the Prairie,” the hat Hoss clapped on his head for “Bonanza,” the set designed for the television series “Young Riders.” A priceless doll collection, Michael Landon’s wardrobe and stacks of old photos also vanished in the flames.
“The sad part,” Tucson Fire Department spokesman Randy Ogden said, “is that much history and so many memories are gone.”
By Tuesday afternoon, officials still had not determined the cause of the fire, which started about 6:30 p.m. Monday and rushed through the three-block main street, fueled by dry wood and stored paint.
Wikipedia: ” In the month following the Old Tucson fire, several other fires were started in the area of Tucson Estates, down the road from Old Tucson; this subject was identified as the primary suspect in those fires. He was located and questioned by detectives, and faced with the evidence from the Tucson Estates fires, at which point he confessed to having started those fires. However, before he could be questioned about the Old Tucson fire, he invoked his Miranda Rights, effectively stopping any further questioning. Not enough evidence could be collected to positively identify this suspect as the arsonist in the Old Tucson fire. No other information pointing to any other individual was ever found, and the case remains open to this day.“
Old Tucson Studios
Still working our way down Main Street …
Along the boardwalk Rose finds some Posters.
Possible “$100” fine for spitting !! Wow.
Below: Olsen’s Mercantile:
Wish I could afford one of those native blankets
Other … stuff …
Below: Rose gets most of the good shots …
Nice wagon …
Below: Adobe schoolhouse …
Heading toward the Movie Museum …
Say ! isn’t that … ??
Naw … it can’t be … ?
I didn’t know there would be so much to see and do at Old Tucson Studios. Heat permitting, you could easily spend most of a day here.
Old Tucson is truly a monument to the dear Western Movies of yesteryear – where heroes were Heroes and rode off into the sunset …
A worthy time capsule of a different day.
Moving down Main Street …
Below: Another look at the Grand Palace Saloon … and just across the street is Big Jake’s – named after a John Wayne’s movie that was filmed here in 1971.
Looks like a guy could get a steak there …
I could almost hear the clink of Duke’s boots on the boardwalk …
Passing by McLintock Mercantile …
Mandatory photo of the Cigar Store Indian (right).
Here comes the stage … again.
Stagecoaches were often late. Holdups, hostile natives, bad roads, bad weather,
lame horses, breakdowns, etc. Not really a very romantic way to travel.
Rose heads over to the OK Corral Freight Depot
Suddenly a Tour comes by.
But Rose keeps on shootin’.
I watch from the safety (and shade) of the Ice Cream Parlour
Time for some campfire lore and tales by the chuckwagon.
I think I’m getting the hang of this cowboy thing.
Nice insights in a amazing film – part of a ongoing inspection of what Peckinpah was trying to say. The fact we are required to dig this out and Peck didn’t just throw it onto our plate defies what most people think about this movie.
Originally posted on Tim Neath - Visual Artist:
Yet another western I have been meaning to revisit in order to better understand. My first reading of the film was completely off, as I realised after listening to a lecture from Richard Slotkin, now I really do have a far better understanding of The Wild Bunch (1969) which does indeed overshadow the rest of Sam Peckinpah‘s work, when he has so much more to offer to cinema. Instead of going over the plot I want to more analyse the film interns of how I read it, looking at certain elements and quotes which really do stand out for me, which probably shows why it stands out more so than others. It’s not just the violence that he wanted to amplify to the audience, Peckinpah, hated violence (not that you’d know it from his films) almost glorifying it, yet this has a knock on effect as we…
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Old Tucson Studios is pretty big.
There’s ongoing entertainment at Old Tucson Studios
They have it timed so you can take it all in if you wish.
We took a lot of pictures.
First thing was the well rehearsed Medicine Show.
Careful though – you might wind up as part of the show.
You have to be a skilled photographer to take 2 pictures of a guy
and catch him blinking both times. Grrrrrrr …
But the show must go on …
Next door to the Medicine Show is Town Hall
housing a museum and a gallery …
Below: Badges of the Old West.
Onward … to the Grand Palace Saloon
My photography skills are exposed.
Or underexposed ? Whatever.
Maybe I was distracted.
Over at the women’s bath house …
Heck it’s only 15 cents … 25 if you want soap.
Below: We spotted a guy practicing gun tricks …
He wasn’t very good so I decided to offer him some advice.
Below: snickering and holstering at the same time.
Don’t try this at home folks.
One thing we can’t celebrate about the Old West is Medicine of that era (though we may wonder at our own).
I woke up this morning with an excruciating pain in my lower left back. It soon became so bad that I could barely stay conscious and thought I might fall. I knew I had to get some Emergency assistance quickly. Should I phone for an ambulance? or get Rose to take to drive me over to the Hospital? I couldn’t chance driving myself – that was certain. The pain wouldn’t cease. I got dressed as best I could and decided that Rose would drive me over. Staggering to the car we wondering what the hell was going on? I have an abdominal hernia (operated on once) and also a bad back. Was it somehow coming from these? I’ve had some recent symptoms of kidney and liver pain which I figured was coming from using Ibuprofen pain killers (I’d quit all painkillers a month ago) for foot and back pain at work. Something else?? I’d been to the Dentist just yesterday for 2 fillings. One filling was so near to the nerve that the Doc had to put something special on the nerve to deaden any pain (Thanks Doc). Was it something resulting from that? Was it Aliens on special mission to antagonize me?? ???
When we get to the hospital and there’s thankfully very few people in the Emergency waiting room. I didn’t relish sitting there for ANY period of time. It took about 10 or 15 minutes to see to the Docs.
I’m wheeled in … interviewed by about 4 different folks whilst my blood is being removed and I’m placed on a slab. “Ziss vill only take a minute.”
How about some painkillers Doc? … “Vat? did you say someving? Stop viggling!”
Anyway … turns out I have a gal stone .. or kidney stone. Can’t quite recall at the moment .. I was pretty stoned.
But it passed through! YAY ! Not peacefully though.
Turns out I also have Diabetes 2. Too. I’d kinda figured so, but I was avoiding doing anything about it. Western Style.
No, I didn’t have my boots on.
But there’s always medical alternatives.
The Magic of Lancaster (Starbuck) and Katherine Hepburn
The Rainmaker (1956)
Huntington’s Disease doesn’t hold 43 year-old back from going on one last ride
It was a special day for a Duncan woman with Huntington’s disease.
She wanted to go for one more motorcycle ride but because of the advanced stage of her disease she wasn’t able to hold on by herself.
Her mother put out an ad online for someone with a sidecar and the response was quick and exceeded any expectations.
My youngest brother Chris responded to the ad and offered the services of his Ural sidecar motorcycle. Then things just took off as the good folks of Duncan, BC and area joined in.
Hope Angie had a great ride !
Way to Go People !!
On the way to Old Tucson Studios we drove through about the biggest
Saguaro Cactus forest I’ve ever seen.
Turns out we’re in Saguaro National Park.
Quite a sight for us Northerners. We have castus in Alberta – a few varieties – notably Prickly Pear – but these Saguaro are a novelty to us.
Below: Rest point.
Below: looking back – Tucson in the distance.
Below: rest point 2.
Just another Arizona vista.
Below: looking ahead – Old Tucson Studios in the distance.
Below: coming in
At the Entrance – Gift Shop
Next: Inside Old Tucson Studios
Some closing shots.
Below Colossal Cave there’s other things to see and do in Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Hike, picnic, camp, Ranch, trail rides, field museum, gift shop … and more. We took a quick tour.
Down at La Posta Quemada Ranch we find this awesome sculpture
“The Cowboy” by Buck McCain. It’s almost like finding a Rembrandt
in a barber shop.
THE COWBOY standing 6’8″ high including the a base (32″ x 32.5″) is an edition of 35. He depicts a working cowboy. Dress and gear are authentic reproductions. THE COWBOY stands at the entrance of the Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ; Evergreen Cementary, Colorado Springs, CO; the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA; Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Tucson, AZ; Leanin’ Tree Western Art Musuem, Boulder, CO; the Foss Company, Golden, CO and is found in several private collections.
Southern Pacific Rail Road
Booths like this one, were a vital
communication for rail workers and
engineers. They were positioned about
every seven miles. Keeping the booths
operational included ____ing the
glass ____ed wet cell batteries. They had
to be kept filled with oil and battery acid.
This one was recovered form Pantano.
It had to be abandoned during the 1960’s
when the system was modernized
After a hot day of caving we earn a dip in the pool!
Ya Baby !
Ghost Riders in the Sky / Christopher Lee
‘The Impossible Dream’ (from The Man from La Mancha) is, in my opinion, one of the greatest songs ever written. Here is a man, an old man, a very old man full of daring, bravery, courage, determination, romanticism and dreams.
– Christopher Lee.
“We don’t always get the kind of work we want, but we always have a choice of whether to do it with good grace or not.”
As far as I know (?) (feel free to correct me), Sir Christopher Lee only appeared in one Western: ‘Hannie Caulder‘ (1971) – not regarded as an epic or Western Classic. Possibly worth a watch though, due to it’s great cast: Lee, Robert Culp, Strother Martin, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam and Raquel Welsh …
In his early film work, Lee was not a good actor. But he was not there to win awards – his chiselled features held charisma. Ironically, by the time he appeared in Hannie Caulder he had become a very good actor and could deliver any line with Shakespearean impact and resonance. He had achieved iconic stature. His role in the ‘Hannie Caulder’ was small, yet excellent – but he was still billed down on the marquee. That’s Hollywood.
In later DVD packages, he moved up the ladder.
The Notable Badguys:
Later Lee finally got roles he could really sink his teeth into.
– if you’ll excuse the expression.
“A whole new career opened up for me when I was in ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘Star Wars.”
“As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know. Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences.”
‘The Impossible Dream’
composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion.
It was written for the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha
‘The Impossible Dream’
composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion.
It was written for the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To be better far than you are
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest, to follow that star
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To be willing to give when there’s no more to give
To be willing to die so that honor and justice may live
And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.
Before we go inside Colossal Cave, I need to clarify something: Rose and I are not ghost hunters. It’s not on our minds. Nor are we paranormal researchers, etc. Yet in our journeys in Arizona we seem to be continually encountering ghostly phenomenon – namely in the form of what paranormal researchers call ‘orbs’ – supposedly ghostly manifestations that are often seen in haunted locations. But it’s only pure coincidence that these places we’ve visited in the past in Arizona are ‘paranormal hotspots’.
Our first encounter was in Yuma where Rose photographed an orb in the notorious “dark cell” at old Yuma State Territorial Prison. The fact is that we were only in Yuma because I was getting dental work done across the border in Algodones, Mexico. Otherwise we wouldn’t have gone there at all.
Our next encounter was in Tombstone’s Bird Cage Theatre. This trip to Tombstone was a gift from Rose to me because of my interest (and Blog) on Westerns Movies. I had not planned to go to Tombstone – and hadn’t known of The Bird Cage’s reputation for being haunted. I’d hoped I’d be able to visit Tombstone someday, but hadn’t counted on it.
Now we come to Colossal Cave – where I’ve now learned is yet another famously haunted location. All of these locations are high on the list of people who investigate and seek out ghostly phenomenon. But we didn’t know that. Even if we had known it, I surely wouldn’t have expected to encounter anything. And apart from visiting Tombstone itself we had no intention of going to Colossal Caves – and didn’t even know it existed. Our experiences were not intentional – or sought out – but hard to ignore – though fun and interesting to us. I mentioned them here and shown what evidence we have for your own interest and fun. I’ve known for a long time that ghosts exist and I didn’t need any proof – and truthfully, I’d generally avoid such any such encounters if possible.
Above is the first photograph I took in the caves.
That’s our Tour Guide on the steps.
There’s a small orb right behind Rose.
(You are free to think otherwise, but that’s exactly what it is.)
Below and above: Broken stalactites are evident. There was a lot of this throughout Colossal Caves which had been inhabited, used and visited for hundreds of years by local natives – then miners – then outlaws. This is just one of the reasons the 2 cavers who discovered Kartchner Caverns kept them a secret for 14 years. Soot from fires in the cavern also can be seen. I’m sure there was plenty of graffiti and garbage that was needed to be removed as well.
The second shot with a very visible orb right in the middle.
(No, that is not from his flashlight.)
Pardon my finger in the shot.
Below: 2 orbs appear quite clearly at the top center.
Below: When you Tour these caves, keep a tight grip on your cameras and purses. There are lots of places where you will not recover them if they fall.
Not as spectacular as Kartchner Caverns, but definitely some decent things to see here.
One good cave deserves another.
Not really knowing what to expect, the next day we head over to Colossal Caverns.
If you were wondering why 2 cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts decided to keep Kartchner Caverns a secret for 14 years (from 1974), you’re about to find out.
Colossal Caverns aren’t as big as Kartchner Caverns, but have a unique and interesting History. And other things …
We came away with so many photos from around there that I’ll need to do this in 2 or 3 Parts.
It rained like hell on the second day of our week in Arizona. Poured. Never expected that. And I could see how flash floods can be a huge danger down here.
SO … what to do on a rainy day? AHA ! Caves nearby. Kartchner Caverns. It can’t rain in caves … can it?
Nobody in the pool on a rainy day. Not even crazy Canadians.
Off we go.
Kartchner Park has hiking trails and a hummingbird garden …
Flora and Tourists.
There’s a fair sized facility here with a theatre and gift shop and all,
but I was annoyed so I refused to take any pictures of it
(because they wouldn’t allow us to take any pictures inside the Caverns).
Well … not totally annoyed.
Anyway … The Caves:
(All images taken from the net)
Kept secret for 14 years by their discoverers.
who feared that the caves would be defiled and spoiled.
The caves are BIG so there’s 2 Tours – about an hour long each
if you want to see the whole thing.
We took the the one with the Throne Room and
the magnificent Kubla Khan column
Below: The Throne Room
“Kubla Kahn” column
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1797
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
Kartchner is a Living Cave.
The “Big Room” is closed during the summer for bat breeding.
From Wikipedia: “Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment” /ˌkʊblə ˈkɑːn/ is a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, completed in 1797 and published in 1816. According to Coleridge’s Preface to “Kubla Khan”, the poem was composed one night after he experienced an opium-influenced dream after reading a work describing Xanadu, the summer palace of the Mongol ruler and Emperor of China Kublai Khan. Upon waking, he set about writing lines of poetry that came to him from the dream until he was interrupted by a person from Porlock. The poem could not be completed according to its original 200–300 line plan as the interruption caused him to forget the lines. He left it unpublished and kept it for private readings for his friends until 1816 when, at the prompting of Lord Byron, it was published.
Some of Coleridge’s contemporaries denounced the poem and questioned his story of its origin. It was not until years later that critics began to openly admire the poem. Most modern critics now view “Kubla Khan” as one of Coleridge’s three great poems, along with The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Christabel. The poem is considered one of the most famous examples of Romanticism in English poetry. A copy of the manuscript is a permanent exhibit at the British Museum in London.
creepin midnight / Seatrain
We finally make it to Tombstone’s legendary Boot Hill. The resting place of Clanton’s, McLaury’s, assorted bad guys and ordinary folks – most of who probably died with their boots off – now immortalized at this famous location – though some are marked “Unknown”.
It’s not the only Boot Hill around – just the most famous. A place of graves and ghosts.
The “Hill” has a nice little tourist shop.
Plaques out front.
As cool and clear as an Arizona morning.
Rose puts her boots on Les. I told her that wasn’t cool.
On the way to Boot Hill …
Rose spots Wyatt Earp House and Gallery …
I wouldn’t have minded looking at the Gallery, but things looks pretty quiet.
It’s closed. But Why? It’s Saturday and there’s a Festival in town … ?
We’re still nosy enough to have a look around …
Curiosity gets to us … so we head around back …
And out steps Bat Masterson !!
Didn’t even know he wuz in town.
Here’s the story: this chap (Greg? Craig? Forgive me, I forgot your name)
drives in from Los Angeles and likes to join in the Tombstone festivities.
He rents one of the 3 existing rental units on this lot.
(There’s no longer a Wyatt Earp House and Gallery – but rental units.)
He’s typical Tombstone friendly and chats with us for a while.
Nice guy. I snap a pic of him with Rose.
Back home I finally get the back story on Wyatt Earp House:
Posted: Apr 18, 2013 6:27 PM MDT
Updated: Apr 27, 2013 5:28 PM MDT
By Sonu Wasu CONNECT
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –
“It’s a town where the sound of gun fire is everyday business.
Horse drawn carriages walk down main street and the feeling of the old west is alive every day. Now a town that’s been fighting to preserve history is fighting for self preservation.
Hearing the Wyatt Earp House and Gallery is closing for good is sad news for locals and tourists. It’s been around for more than a century. It closes on Sunday for good, and officials blame it on the economy and a decline in tourism.
“I didn’t know, but I’m not surprised,” said Wyatt Earp Theatre Owner James Ferguson. “Our tourism is dropping pretty steadily.”
Every owner is fighting for their business to stay alive.
“Last couple years, we wound up closing two of our businesses [and we] now just have this photo studio left,” said Old Tyme Photos Owner Jim Newbauer.
“Last few months, 11 businesses closed down,” Chamber of Commerce President Susan Wallace said. “We’re also seeing large turnover of businesses, but we also have new businesses coming in.”
The owners of the Wyatt Earp house are not in town today, but we’re told they plan to re-open as a vacation rental. Officials say this is not expected to affect Wyatt Earp Days in May, but some in town feel it will; one less place for visitors to check out.
“Hopefully they’ll keep statue of Wyatt there so people can still take pictures with it,” Newbauer said.
Town officials say an international marketing campaign is now in the planning stages.
“Normally, the tourists [whom] Tombstone does well with are Europeans, Japanese [and] the Asians,” the Mayor said over the phone.
But the town is too tough to die and still hanging on.
“It’s very sad but we won’t give up,” Ferguson said. “We want to promote history of this town, Wyatt earp, mining; it’s what this town is all about.”
Part of their marketing campaign includes printing their brochures in different languages. The goal is to bring international tourists to Tombstone, Ariz. They also plan to make their website accessible to tourists by offering options for several different languages in the near future.
Chamber president Susan Wallace says this advertising campaign is expected to cost them a few hundred thousand dollars. They hope to use money from the town’s bed tax, and revenue generated from city-owned attractions like the boothill cemetery.”
There you have it. It’s shocking to hear that Tombstone – major iconic Western attraction – hurting for Tourism/VIsitors. It seemed busy enough to us, but maybe that was just because of the Rose Festival ? Don’t know. The Economy … I guess ? Yet I’d figure that when things turn down, folks would come here rather than travel aboard ? Maybe people aren’t travelling at all – sticking close to home ? Hope that changes.
Tombstone Ghost Town?
Next: Boot Hill
After the smoke clears we’re all invited down to talk to the Players and have our pics taken with them. Nice.
Below: But first you gotta be smart enough to know where to stand.
As you can see, as far as charisma and being photogenic goes, I’m about 8 notches short of a cigar store indian (no offense to indians).
But at least I know it.
Below: Then you gotta know where the camera is.
I’m your Huckleberry.
See what I mean?
Coming up … Wyatt Earp House and Boot Hill
– Testimony of Wyatt Earp:
” …Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton’s six-shooters were in plain sight. Virgil (Earp) said, “Throw up your hands; I have come to disarm you!” Billy Clanton and Frank McLaury laid their hands on their six-shooters. Virgil said, “Hold, I don’t mean that!” I have come to disarm you!” Then Billy Clanton and Frank McLaury commenced to draw their pistols. At the same time, Tom McLaury throwed his hand to his right hip …”
Compared to film/movies, live re-enactment of anything – especially outdoors – have several disadvantages. In the particular case of the OK Corral gunfight the actual setting cannot be accurately reproduced. That’s the first thing. Next you can’t re-shoot anything, theatrically speaking. There’s also no close ups, no fancy camera angles, no overhead shots, no lighting, no sound projection, no special effects, no editing … etc. etc… You’ve got a script – you rehearse – and you go – whatever happens happens.
Then there’s weather – which can be something else – blazing hot, windy, rain … ?? But you advertised and sold the tickets and ‘the show must go on’ as they say.
Then there’s the manpower: It takes 3 Earps, 1 Holliday, 2 Clantons, a Claiborne, 2 McLaurys, and Sheriff Behan at a minimum: 10 Players. And for the most part these are not professional actors making lots of money. They make something? (I guess) and do a pretty good job, but I doubt that it’s lucrative. Mainly they just love to do this thing – the Old West and it’s Lore – they enjoy what they do in their fraternity of Western Players.
Nor would I say it’s that easy to find people for this. The requirements are pretty unique. Firstly, you gotta have the guns and know how to handle them – no phonys allowed. Those guns aren’t toys and can be dangerous. Nor are they cheap. Then there’s the costumes/outfits. A knowledge and respect for all things Western – especially a knowledge of the OK Corral event, would also be a necessity … most of these guys ARE experts on the whole History, People and Events that surrounded this incident … and so on …
So … how to portray that on an open stage? Combining factual history with a flare of entertainment? Not that easy a task.
Anyhow … let’s go …
Most folks know the basic storyline: there’s been ‘bad blood’ between the Earps and the Cowboys (Clantons, McLaurys et al) for quite a while and lately the Cowboys have been stirring things up around Tombstone – uttering threats and challenging the Earps … a confrontation seems inevitable.
Introduction of the Players
Things are coming to a head …
An inevitable conclusion
Of interest: the 2 principle players in this event emerged unscathed: Wyatt Earp and Ike Clanton.
Also interesting: Clanton and Billy Claiborne were both unarmed and ran. If you were planning on a gunfight, wouldn’t you bring a gun?
Next … Boot Hill
Brother Doug was asking when I was going to get to Boot Hill.
Maybe sooner than I plan because I’ve been sick for a whole week. Flu again.
If the disease don’t kill ya the meds will.
So I haven’t been up to getting anything done on the Blog.
Despite several attempts.
Working on OK Corral gunfight re-enactment. I have about 50 photos that I’m sorting through.
Then on to Boot Hill. I’ll keep my boots on just in case …
The whole thing was a nice adventure and a lot of fun. So I hope I can convey that you to and get along …
The music is little heavy handed, but this is a pretty good little documentary on the OK Corral shootout … about 8 minutes long.
Outlaw Man / Eagles
(Q) Up to that time, did you see any weapon of any kind drawn by or in the hands of either of the Clantons or McLaurys?
(A) No sir. They all had their hands up, up to that time. Tom McLaury had his hands up, holding his coat open.
– Testimony of Ike Clanton
OK Corral Exhibit / Shop
Out front …
Boot Hill please …
Out back …
A not too impressive mockup of the Gunfight – though it does include a decent audio component.
Doolin Dalton / Eagles
“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.”
– Wyatt Earp
Yeah Yeah .. I know you were wondering when I was going to get over to the the OK Corral. I’ve been kinda dragging my boot heels cuz the Earps and the Gunfight at OK Corral is about the biggest event in American Western History. Name a bigger one. Maybe the Alamo or Little Big Horn have equal stature?
Any way you look at it The Gunfight at the OK Corral is Genuine, authentic, unique American History. Americana.
Depictions in Film
And I can’t of any other Western Event that’s depicted as an essential climatic element – in 5 different separate movies ? – and mostly of them regarded as Western Classics.
All the more interesting since we know pretty well what the heck is going to happen – and who wins!
Billy Clanton and both McLaury brothers were killed.
Ike and Billy Claiborne ran.
Controversial: The Earp movies seem to portray the Earps as protagonists – albeit somewhat ruthless: But were the Earps right in what they did? or were they just a bunch of thugs wearing badges and legally carrying guns? Did the Clantons et all deserve to be shot down like dogs by professional gunmen? There are still folks around that think this shootout was outright murder. Not that the Clantons were a bunch of nice folks or anything – as they were rustlers, murderers and robbers to be sure … but …
Well I’m sure they deserved a spanking … and were asking for it.
And got it.
Twenty One / Eagles
Tombstone tales and history mainly surrounds the exploits of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, but accompanying them are several other ‘Larger than Life’ players that had parts on the Tombstone stage.
One such player was the Big Nose Kate.
“Big Nose Kate (born Mary Katherine Horony Cummings November 7, 1850 – November 2, 1940) was a Hungarian-born prostitute and longtime companion and common-law wife of Old West gunfighter Doc Holliday.”
In 1860, the Horony family left Hungary for the United States. Dr. Horony and his wife died three years later and Kate and her younger siblings were placed in foster homes.
At age 16, Kate ran away from her foster home and stowed away on a riverboat bound for St. Louis, Missouri. Her history is then somewhat murky until the time she met Doc Holliday in the early 1870s.
It’s believed she entered the Ursuline Convent but didn’t remain long. In 1869, she is recorded as working as a prostitute for madam Blanch Tribole in St. Louis. In 1874, Kate was fined for working as a ” sporting woman” in a sporting house in Dodge City, Kansas, run by Nellie “Bessie” (Ketchum) Earp, James Earp’s wife.
In 1876, Kate moved to Fort Griffin, Texas, where in 1877 she met Doc Holliday. Doc said at one point that he considered Kate his intellectual equal. Kate introduced Holliday to Wyatt Earp. The couple went with Earp to Dodge City and registered as Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Holliday. Doc opened a dental practice by day but spent most of his time gambling and drinking. The two fought regularly and sometimes violently.
According to Kate, the couple later married in Valdosta, Georgia. They traveled to Trinidad, Colorado, and then to Las Vegas, New Mexico where they lived for about two years. Holliday worked as a dentist by day and ran a saloon on Center Street by night. Kate also occasionally worked at a dance hall in Santa Fe.
By her own account, Doc and Kate met up again with Wyatt Earp and his brothers on their way to the Arizona Territory. Virgil Earp had already been in Prescott before Wyatt persuaded his brothers to move to Tombstone. Holliday was making money at the gambling tables in Prescott, and he and Kate parted ways when Kate left for Globe, Arizona, but she rejoined Holliday soon after he arrived in Tombstone.
Following several misadventures that are too long to mention here, Kate claimed that she was in the Tombstone area with Holliday during the days before the famous shootout. According to Kate, she was with Holliday in Tucson during October 1881. On October 20, 1881, Morgan Earp rode to Tucson to request Holliday’s assistance with dealing with outlaw Cowboys who had threatened to kill the Earps. She refused Holliday’s request that she remain in Tucson for her safety, and traveled with Holliday and Earp. Kate reminisced in a letter about her stay with Holliday at C.S. Fly’s Boarding House which bordered the alley where the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place. Kate accurately described minor details of the shoot out.
On the day of the gunfight, Kate claims a man entered Fly’s Boarding House with a “bandaged head” and a rifle. He was looking for Holliday, who was still in bed after a night of gambling. Kate recalled that the man who was turned away by Mrs. Fly was later identified as Ike Clanton, whom city marshal Virgil Earp had buffaloed (clubbed with a gun) earlier that day when he found Clanton carrying a rifle and pistol in violation of city ordinances. Clanton’s head was bandaged afterward.
Virgil Earp had disarmed him earlier that day and told Ike he would leave Ike’s confiscated rifle and revolver at the Grand Hotel, which was favored by cowboys when they were in town. Ike testified afterward that he had tried to buy a new revolver at Spangenberger’s gun and hardware store on 4th Street but the owner saw Ike’s bandaged head and refused to sell him one. Clanton was unarmed at the time of the shootout later that afternoon. Ike testified that he picked up the weapons from William Soule, the jailer, a couple of days later.
Kate is reported to have made trips to Tombstone to see Holliday until he left for Colorado in April 1882.
Kate (died at age 89) was buried on 1940, under the name “Mary K. Cummings” below a modest marker in the Arizona Pioneer Home Cemetery in Prescott, Arizona.”
(Please excuse my judicious editing. Kate’s story is long)
Big Nose Kate’s is definitely one of the fun places to visit in downtown Tombstone It’s the kind of place where I wish I was still drinking. I’d spin a tale of me dancing on the table and starting a bar room brawl. In my drinking days I definitely coulda got hammered here.
Kate’s seems to be the heartbeat of Tombstone. It’s in the middle of town on shady side of Allen Street (main street) Unless it’s night, of course. And it outta be.
It was rocking when we arrived. Noisy, boozy, lively, food and drink. It’s a joyful rock though – not smash mouth. There’s a band playing and it’s Honky Tonk colourful – a great atmosphere. When it’s busy I figure it’s tuff to get a table – or even a seat – but maybe you can sit at the bar. That’s where I’d like to sit anyway. Kate’s will fit your notion of a good time Western saloon.
Catching the flavour …
Downtown Tombstone is mainly 2 streets and 500 saloons.
Just kidding – there’s 3 streets.
In it’s heyday Tombstone had “110 saloons, 14 gambling halls, and numerous dancing halls and brothels”.
Today’s Map of Tombstone: Hope you can read the print.
Rose and I exit the The Bird Cage into bright sunlight. It’s a beautiful day.
We head for a shop across the street …
But we get far before we’re bushwhacked by this guy:
Dirty Dingus is big and mean lookin’ and smooth talks us into going into
‘The Gunfight Palace‘
A place where they do “Famous Gunfight Re-enactments”.
I don’t really want to go in, but Rose is already buying the tickets.
So … in we go.
After the Intro we get down to business …
*Bang Bang* !!
Uh huh …
We toss a couple of nuggets into the spittoon
and head back to the street.
Hey ! There goes the stage …
Nice looking rig.
Time for some shopping.