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by nrobertb
Wed May 02, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

I found the Dorsey Mansion very interesting. It had been abandoned for years and was an occasional overnight stop for cowboys moving cattle. Dorsey had built a huge cistern out of rot resistant cypress wood, to catch rainwater. When the new owners cleaned it out in the 1960’s they found a huge dump ...
by nrobertb
Wed May 02, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

I first got involved with the Dorsey Mansion when I was stationed at Capulin Mountain National Monument in the 1960's. At that time the owners were in the process of renovating the place and conducting tours. It is a long way from paved roads which is why it never took off as a tourist attraction, b...
by nrobertb
Tue May 01, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Courthouse and Jail Rocks are two rock formations located near Bridgeport in the Nebraska Panhandle. The Oregon-California Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Pony Express Trail and the Sidney-Deadwood Trail all ran near the rocks. The pair of rock formations served as a landmark along the trails for many ...
by nrobertb
Tue May 01, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Fort Laramie National Historic Site (founded as Fort William and then known for a while as Fort John) was a significant 19th century trading post and diplomatic site located at the confluence of the Laramie River and the North Platte River in the upper Platte River Valley in the eastern part of the ...
by nrobertb
Tue May 01, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Hanging out at the corral.
by nrobertb
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Back to the Santa Fe Trail. Council Grove in Kansas was one of the last stops before heading out across the prairie. The Last Chance Store was built in 1857 where the trail crossed the Neosho River. It was operated by Tom Hill as a trading post, as well as a post office and a polling place. The stru...
by nrobertb
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

it is a long drive down a dirt road to get to this site, but I think it is worth it. Madison Buffalo Jump State Park is in Gallatin County, Montana. The park is named for a canyon cliff used by Native Americans as a buffalo jump, where herds of bison were stampeded over the cliff as an efficient mea...
by nrobertb
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

The Vore Buffalo Jump is an archeological site in Crook County, Wyoming. A sinkhole left a steep-sided pit about 40 feet deep and 200 feet in diameter. Native American hunters would stampede bison into the pit, which was deep enough to kill or disable the animals. The Vore site was used as a kill si...
by nrobertb
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Here's another interesting geological site, this time in Nebraska. Unfortunately it is far from main highways. The Ashfall Fossil Beds of Antelope County in northeastern Nebraska are rare fossil site types that, due to extraordinary local conditions, capture a moment in time ecological "snapshot" in...
by nrobertb
Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

By the way, there are several videos on youtube about the Lewis and Clark air rifle, including one firing a replica.

Here is a fancy parade bridle.
by nrobertb
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Rattlesnakes were an ever present threat to folks in the old west, and still are today for that matter. If you’ve read James Michener’s book Centennial, you may remember the young girl traveling in a wagon train who died of snakebite. The best resource to learn about rattlers is the two-volume book ...
by nrobertb
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Here's an interesting geological feature in Yellowstone, on the Norris to Mammoth road. Obsidian Cliff was an important source of volcanic glass for prehistoric peoples. Obsidian from this site was first quarried here about 12,000 years ago. Early natives of North America placed a high value on the ...
by nrobertb
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Lewis & Clark's air rifle was discussed on the old forum and I thought it worth bringing back. The Girandoni air rifle was an airgun designed by Tyrolian inventor Bartholomäus Girandoni circa 1779. The weapon was also known as the Windbüchse ("wind rifle" in German). One of the rifle's more famous a...
by nrobertb
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Spurs and the Great West
Replies: 1610
Views: 385196
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Re: Spurs

Continuing with Lewis & Clark: Pompeys Pillar National Monument is a rock formation located in south central Montana, United States. Exhibits in the 5,700-square foot center relate the journey of Captain William Clark and his detachment, including Sacagawea and her son Pomp, down the Yellowstone Riv...
by nrobertb
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: German Rifles
Topic: 1895 Mauser
Replies: 11
Views: 4603
United States of America

Re: 1895 Mauser

My Chilean Mauser also has a turned down bolt.

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