A Century Since the Great War; Family Ties

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 11th month. It’s been 100 years since the first Armistice ( Veterans ) Day. A century, such a long time, yet when I was born the “Great War” had only been over for a little...

Who was Benjamin Henry?

Who was Benjamin Henry?  Historians and those knowledgeable of guns would be familiar with his name, but for most his significance is unknown.  Conversely, the name Winchester sparks immediate recognition.  Yet in one of history’s many ironies, it was Henry who was directly responsible for...

War Bonnet!

The old steamer trunk has been in the family attic for generations.  The treasure it holds comes out from time to time to be admired and pondered. Who wore it?   What moments in history did the wearer see and experience? What stories are hidden in...

Knowing Your Past Carries You into the Future

The past meets the present and future in a quiet little town; from the last lynching in North Dakota to the fellowship of burgers in the park and a farmers market on Saturday nights. Showcasing it all is the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum. Motoring down...

“Come and Get It”

There she stands welcoming all who enter the ranching exhibit at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.  She’s all done up like she would have been back in her heyday when she was perhaps the most important entity in a cowboy’s life on the...

The Wild Horses of Roosevelt’s Badlands

He was an old man, arthritic and without a family band, but still wild and free.  Singlefoot was the oldest stallion living in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). He may have been on his own but he still found the energy to play and...

The Wild Horses of Roosevelt’s Badlands for The Cowboy Chronicle

He’s an old man now – arthritic and without a family band, but Singlefoot, the oldest stallion living in  Roosevelt National Park (TRNP)still roams wild and free where his ancestors did, looking out over grasslands and rolling hills interrupted by dramatic and colorful badlands. The history...

The True Facts

There is a certain beauty in the harshness of western North Dakota winters. Winds howl across the prairie, through the coulees, and sometimes bring the effective temperature as low as forty below. Snow, not always abundant, is often a patchwork with gray and brown rather than...