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Reading Old Time Newspapers: A Primer

It feels great to find interesting tidbits in old newspapers—for me it has been part of researching my book, for others, it may be finding an obituary, marriage announcement, or other types of notice. But sometimes historical newspapers used abbreviations and terms that are no longer common, leaving some of …

Verity's Suspension splint

Dr. Verity’s Invention

In a recent Facebook thread, Ted Burhenn asked about the history of music in Baca County.  I mentioned the Old Boston Band and after a couple other comments; I dug in a little to see what I could find.  There are a few things on Baca County music I am pulling together …

JJ Cattle on the Trail

The Last J.J. Steer

In the American west, it was common practice for early large cattle operations to file on only parcels of land that contained access to water.  This allowed those operations to control  a great deal of the public domain land.  The J.J. Ranch was founded in 1869. By 1879 the JJ …

Blanchat Cooling Trough

Blanchat: by Dr. Bill Stoner

NOTES:  This post enhances a previous post: “An Old Stone Schoolhouse in Springfield”  If you recall Joseph Blanchat was a stonemason who helped build that building.   The article below was posted first in the Plainsman Herald awhile back.  Thanks, Bill for the work on this.  I have added a …