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Re: Spurs and the Great West

#1516 Post by nrobertb » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:54 pm

The Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma are the oldest known formations in the United States between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. They contain a core of granite and gneiss that date back at least 1.4 billion years. The core is overlain by a 1,500 feet layer of Cambrian-era rhyolite that is about 525 million years old. Atop the rhyolite is about 15,000 feet of folded and faulted limestones, dolomites, sandstones, and shales deposited in shallow seas from Late Cambrian through Pennsylvanian time (515 - 290 million years ago).

They were named indirectly for Gen. Matthew Arbuckle (1778–1851), a career soldier from Virginia who was active in the Indian Territory for the last thirty years of his life. Shortly before his death at Fort Smith, Arkansas, from cholera, several detachments of troops under his command had established an outpost to protect the California road, on Wildhorse Creek in present-day Garvin County, Oklahoma. The post was then named Fort Arbuckle in his honor. Though the post was abandoned in 1870, the name had already transferred in common usage to the nearby hills.
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#1517 Post by nrobertb » Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:03 pm

Forgotten western movies: Texas Lawmen
As he dies from the wounds received from the Morrow outlaw gang, the sheriff of King City, Texas hands his badge to his deputy, Tod Merrick ('James Ellison'). In the Morrow gang are Bart Morrow(I. Stanford Jolley), his son Steve (Lee Roberts) and Ed Mason (Terry Frost). Texas Ranger Johnny Mack Brown (Johnny Mack Brown) is assigned to the case. Johnny meets Tod who is also visited by Bart, who is his father, who once forced Tod to help in a bank robbery before Tod left and tried to make a new life under an assumed name. Johnny and another Ranger hold off an attempt by the Morrow gang to rob a stagecoach, and Johnny becomes convinced that Tod is giving the gang inside information. But when Tod is seriously wounded trying to arrest Bart, Steve and Ed, learns otherwise.

Johnny Mack Brown ... Marshal Johnny Mack Brown
James Ellison ... Sheriff Tod Merrick (as Jimmy Ellison)
I. Stanford Jolley ... Bart Morrow (as Stanford Jolley)
Lee Roberts ... Steve Morrow
Terry Frost ... Henchman Ed Mason
Marshall Reed ... U. S. Marshal Potter (as Marshal Reed
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#1518 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:39 am

Hey norbertb, here is one for you? I Need some history and locational data? I was watching Jimmy Steward's movie WINCHESTER 73 yesterday on TV and there is a scene near the end out in the West where there are these really tall stereotypic cactus plants( don't know what type) and he is riding out to find the bad guy, his brother to have the shoot out. I guess I never realized them plants get so big like trees in a forest. Do you know what US park out West the scene is from or shot at? I never was out west other than the Marine Corps bases in Calif. Nothing like that I remember at 29 Palms :lol: :roll: The movie provides a really great view of the West for a short time while he is riding his horse that he used in all his westerns. Never realized that there are so many tall tree like cactus plants growing like a forest. A neat view. Got any idea where that location was? This was one of his first westerns. There does not seem to be any free view of the entire movie. I got to get the DVD. But here is a shot of the area in the film I am wondering about.
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My favorite movie for scenes of course is, Once upon a time in the West.
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#1519 Post by nrobertb » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:05 pm

The saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) is one of the defining plants of the Sonoran Desert. These plants are large, tree-like columnar cacti that develop branches (or arms) as they age, although some never grow arms. These arms generally bend upward and can number over 25. Saguaros are covered with protective spines, white flowers in the late spring, and red fruit in summer.

Saguaros are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. The most important factors for growth are water and temperature. If the elevation is too high, the cold weather and frost can kill the saguaro. Although the the Sonoran Desert experiences both winter and summer rains, it is thought that the Saguaro obtains most of its moisture during the summer rainy season.

You find this cactus in southern Arizona and western Sonora, Mexico. At the northern portion of their range they are more plentiful on the warmer south facing slopes. A few stray plants can also be found in southeast California.

With the right growing conditions, it is estimated that saguaros can live to be as much as 150-200 years old. Saguaro are very slow growing cactus. A 10 year old plant might only be 1.5 inches tall. Saguaro can grow to be between 40-60 feet tall. When rain is plentiful and the saguaro is fully hydrated it can weigh between 3200-4800 pounds.

The saguaro is the largest cactus in the United States.

Most of the saguaros roots are only 4-6 inches deep and radiate out as far from the plant as it is tall. There is one deep root, or tap root that extends down into the ground more than 2 feet.

After the saguaro dies its woody ribs can be used to build roofs, fences, and parts of furniture. The holes that birds nested in or "saguaro boots" can be found among the dead saguaros. Native Americans used these as water containers long before the canteen was available.
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#1520 Post by 72 usmc » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:44 pm

Apparently the film was in part made at Mescal, Arizona so that might be the spot of the cactus and hills at the end of the movie. From modern day views the vegetation does not seem to fit. Maybe the town scenes were shot there. I tend to think based upon the vegetation, more like the Indian/cavalry soldier fight scene was shot there. :think: :think:
I Never realized that those tall boy cactus are 175-200 years old. An amazing plant. I wonder if some are protected by federal law?
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The movie was also filmed at Saguaro National Park and modern pictures seem to show the views of the tall saguaro cactus as common vegetation . I think this is the location shown at the shoot out near the end of movie. Correct vegetation and rocky peaks. :shock: If I was to guess, me thinkest :think: :think: the Saguaro West area of the park. It must be something to see.
https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/maps.htm

There does not seem to be any special edition DVD on Winchester 73, like there is for, Once upon a time in the West, that has commentary & the history of the filming of the movie. O well Harvey ( our H.S. did this as a play back in 67) had pet rabbits ever since, Winchester 73 ( makes one want to buy a repro 73), The Man from Laramie, Strategic Air Command, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Cheyenne Autumn, The Shop around the Corner, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Glenn Miller Story---- all Steward greats. A short bio. on Mr Steward:
https://www.cowboysindians.com/2017/03/ ... hester-73/
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#1521 Post by nrobertb » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:55 pm

Great western character actors:
Six-foot-three and weighing in at a lean, mean 215, Michael Forest was a rugged-looking addition to the Roger Corman and Gene Corman's list of leading men during their 1950s heyday. Between Corman films, he was a stage actor who worked in Shakespearean plays and other legitimate productions as classy as his real name (Gerald Michael Charlebois). Born in Harvey, North Dakota, he moved with his family at a very early age to Seattle, attended the University of Washington for a year and then made his way south to the sunnier campuses of San Jose State. Graduating with a B.A. in English and drama, Forest came to Hollywood in 1955 and started acting on TV and on stage at the Players Ring. In 1957, he began to study with veteran actor/acting teacher Jeff Corey, in whose classes Forest first encountered Roger Corman. Forest has also worked extensively on TV and European films.
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#1522 Post by nrobertb » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:23 am

The Moyie River is a 92-mile long tributary of the Kootenai River in the U.S. state of Idaho and the Canadian province of British Columbia. The Moyie River is part of the Columbia River basin, being a tributary of the Kootenai River, which is tributary to the Columbia River.

The Moyie River originates in southeast British Columbia. It flows northeast and east, collecting many headwater streams, before turning south and entering Moyie Lake. The river exits Moyie Lake to the south, flowing south and west by the village of Yahk, British Columbia, and Yahk Provincial Park before entering Idaho at Kingsgate, British Columbia, and Eastport, Idaho.

In Idaho, the Moyie River flows nearly due south, emptying into the Kootenai River near Moyie Springs, Idaho, several miles east of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Near its mouth, the Moyie River tumbles over Moyie Falls. Near the falls is Moyie Dam, constructed in 1949.

The river is paralleled by the Crowsnest Highway in British Columbia, and, briefly, U.S. Route 95 in Idaho. The river is also paralleled by railroads: the Union Pacific in Idaho and the Canadian Pacific in British Columbia.

Moyie Falls, near the mouth of the river, effectively blocks the migration of fish. In addition, various dams on the Kootenay River block fish migration. There are resident Kokanee salmon in the upper Moyie River and in Moyie Lake. These were introduced during the 1940s and since then naturalized.

According to British Columbia's Geographical Names Information System, the word "Moyie" is a corruption of the French "mouiller" or "mouillé", a name given by fur trappers referring to the wet conditions, also described by David Thompson in 1808. Thompson called the river "McDonald's River". Governor Simpson called it "Grand Quête River". Captain Palliser called it "Choe-coos River". The name "Moyie" was originally pronounced "moo-YAY", indicating its French origin, but today is commonly pronounced "mo-YAY". In 1923 the Eileen dam (previously known as the Moyie dam) was constructed where Skin Creek enters the river about five miles upstream of Moyie Falls. It was anchored to a weak rock structure which washed away in 1925 due to flooding. The arch still remains intact.
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#1523 Post by nrobertb » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:56 am

This is a photo of a Phillips M1936 Officers saddle. This particular saddle was manufactured in 1948 at The Jeffersonville Quartermater depot. Probably one of the last produced. It is in unused condition. It has its original depot marked stirrup straps, and the correct, offset M1936 stirrups. It is setup for field duty with a pair of pommel bags and cantle bags.
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#1524 Post by nrobertb » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:13 am

Here is a silver, gold,coral and turquoise bracelet by Wes Willie.
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#1525 Post by nrobertb » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:04 pm

Browns Canyon National Monument is a 21,586 acres national monument in Chaffee County, Colorado that was designated as such by President Barack Obama under the Antiquities Act on February 19, 2015. The site will be centered along the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida. Browns Canyon is the most popular destination for whitewater rafting in the country, and is also known for its fishing and hiking. The monument will provide habitat protection for bighorn sheep, peregrine falcons, elk, and golden eagles.

Designation of the monument was requested by numerous Colorado lawmakers, including Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, Representative Joel Hefley and Governor John Hickenlooper. It was opposed by Representatives Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn, who objected to the president's use of executive action in declaring the monument. Lamborn also objected to the effect that the monument's creation would have on grazing, mineral and water rights in response the White House stated that the designation would honor "valid and existing rights, but withdraws the area from future mineral leasing."

The monument will be run jointly by the Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service.
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#1526 Post by nrobertb » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:49 am

Great western character actors: John Hoyt was born on October 5, 1905 in Bronxville, New York, USA as John McArthur Hoysradt. He was an actor and writer, known for Spartacus (1960), When Worlds Collide (1951) and Attack of the Puppet People (1958). He was married to Dorothy Marion Oltman and Marion Virginia Burns. He died on September 15, 1991 in Santa Cruz, California, USA.

One of a long list of actors and crew who worked on the film The Conqueror (1956) that passed away from cancer some years later, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead and Pedro Armendáriz, who was the first to contract cancer and committed suicide rather than face the horror of this.
Had several guest appearances on the situation comedy Hogan's Heroes (1965). He mostly played a high-ranking German Officer in the series, but never the same role twice.

He was the television spokesperson in a series of Midas Muffler commercials in the 1960s.
In his early years of performing, he put together a nightclub act doing impressions of famous celebrities. His impersonation of Noël Coward was so good that he was hired for the original Broadway comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner" in 1939, in which he played Beverley Carlton, a role obviously based on Coward himself.

One of the very few actors to have appeared on both the original Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) series and the original series Battlestar Galactica (1978).
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#1527 Post by nrobertb » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:38 am

A lime green turquoise, gold and silver bracelet by Al Joe.
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#1528 Post by nrobertb » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:42 am

Forgotten western movies: Riders of Pasco Basin
Judge Ezra Barnes, crooked-lawyer Clint Ranier and saloon-owner Flash Hollister control the town of Hangtown Mesa. The completion of the Rocky Mountain Telegraph Company will loosen and break their hold and they send for the Utah Kid to work for them against the telegraph company. On the way, the wanted Utah Kid encounters Steve Collins, an engineer heading for the company camp, and forces him to change clothes with him. Steve arrives in Hangtown and is mistaken for the Kid and jailed. The Judge also believes he is the man he sent for and has him released, and sent to the camp to work under Bert Lawler, company foreman who is actually working for the Judge and his gang. Playing along with them, Steve finds that the Kid has already been there, robbed the company safe and killed John Wilkins, uncle of Betty. Steve takes over the work and much to the surprise of Lawler, who still thinks he is the Utah Kid, manages to keep the work on the line progressing, aided by the traveling combination doctor/clothes salesman J. Wallington Dingle. In desperation, the gang tries a sneak attack on the camp.

Johnny Mack Brown ... Lee Jamison
Bob Baker ... Bruce Moore
Fuzzy Knight ... Luther
Frances Robinson ... Jean Madison
Arthur Loft ... Matthew Kirby
Ted Adams ... Henchman Magee
Frank LaRue ... Joel Madison
William Gould ... Editor Caleb Scott
James Guilfoyle ... John Evans
Ed Cassidy ... Sheriff Ed Marlowe
Lafe McKee ... Uncle Dan
Robert Winkler ... Tommy Scott
Chuck Morrison ... Henchman Johnson (as Charles Morrison)
Rudy Sooter ... Singer / Guitar Player
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#1529 Post by nrobertb » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:14 am

The Seven Devils are notable peaks in west central Idaho in the Hells Canyon Wilderness. They are above the east bank of the Snake River, which forms the Idaho-Oregon border. The mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains, and the tallest peaks are 7,900 feet above the adjacent river, with few trees in between. There are several marked and unmarked trails and cleared camping areas throughout the mountains. It has several waterfalls and streams as well as numerous lakes.

Immediately southwest of Riggins, the Seven Devils are accessible from U.S. Highway 95 by a gravel road which vertically climbs over 5,500 feet in 17 miles.

The Seven Devils contains a wide variety of wildlife such as Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat, Mule Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Cougar, cutthroat and rainbow trout. There are several lakes with high fish populations and there are numerous wild flowers. The Seven Devils has numerous sub-alpine meadows and vast pine forests.
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#1530 Post by nrobertb » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:32 am

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