Outlaws Publishing LLC signs Travis McGaughey

Travis McGaughey Outlaws Publishing and fellow Texan and author Travis McGaughey have signed an exclusive contract to publish McGaughey’s first novel. While searching for a publisher, McGaughey discovered Outlaws Publishing, a company dedicated to helping new authors publish their stories. His first book THE MEDICINE TREE will be released in the near future. We believe, Travis McGaughey is a name that will be remenbered and mentioned with the top selling…

THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 1

THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 1 We read about cowboys, mail order brides and living in the wild west, and we think of it as an exciting and romantic time. What was it really like in those days before the invention of so many things that we take for granite? How was homesteading done in the 1800s? There are numerous diaries that have been left behind by the folks who…

Top 10 Deadliest Gunslingers Part 3

4. Clay Allison Known for his mercurial personality and violent temper, Clay Allison was a gunfighter who is remembered as one of the most notorious and downright deranged outlaws of the Old West. Allison fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, but was discharged after a blow to the head started causing erratic behavior in him. It is this ailment that many historians have said explains his shockingly brutal…

Top 10 Deadliest Gunslingers Part 2

Counting down the Deadliest Gunslingers we have at number 7. Dallas Stoudenmire Although not as well known as someone like Wild Bill Hickok or Wyatt Earp, Dallas Stoudenmire was a feared lawman in his day, and is known for participating in more gunfights than most of his contemporaries. After being wounded several times while fighting in the Civil War, Stoudenmire moved to the lawless city of El Paso, Texas to…

Top 10 Deadliest Gunslingers There’s no more iconic scene in Western movies than the good old-fashioned pistol duel, where the lawman and the outlaw meet at high noon to see who’s faster on the draw. In actuality, this kind of thing very rarely occurred, and the true life Western stories—like Wild Bill Hickok being shot in the back while playing cards—tell a much more gruesome and less gallant tale. Still,…

Texas Longhorn Cattle Unlike most breeds of cattle, no one set out to develop Texas Longhorn cattle as a breed. Instead, they evolved in North America from descendants of cattle brought into the Americas by the Spanish in the late 1400s and early 1500s. However, the Longhorn didn’t descend directly from Spanish stock. Instead, cattle imported by the early Spanish explorers were from the Canary Islands. These cattle, were imported…

NOT JUST ONE CATTLE TRAIL

NOT JUST ONE CATTLE TRAIL We talked a little about The Chisholm Trail last time, but just like Dodge City wasn’t the only Cow Town, the Chisholm Trail wasn’t the only trail to get beef to market. The Goodnight-Loving Trail was one of those trails. Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving drove their first herd of longhorn cattle over the Butterfield Overland Mail route from near Fort Belknap via the Middle…

The Chisholm Trail

The Chisholm Trail was the major route out of Texas for livestock. Although it was only used from 1867 to 1884, the longhorn cattle driven north along the trail provided a steady source of income that helped the impoverished state recover from the Civil War. Youthful trail hands and herds of mustangs gave a Texas flavor to the entire cattle industry of the Great Plains and made the cowboy an…

MORE THAN ONE CATTLE TOWN

MORE THAN ONE CATTLE TOWN We talked about Dodge City, but there were other cow towns almost ten years before the infamous Dodge City Kansas. Cow towns were small frontier settlements whose existence depended heavily on the trade in free-range cattle. A typical cow town lay at the junction of the railroad and livestock trail. It provided pens ready to receive the herds driven up from the south. The sale,…