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Jim Leavy

Jim Leavy

For several years I believed he spelled his last name, Levy. I knew he was born in Dublin, Ireland but that didn't mean he couldn't be Jewish. And,...

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War with the Modocs

War with the Modocs

The U.S. tries to return the Indians to the reservation. In November 1872, U.S. soldiers try to push a group of Modoc Indians to the Klamath...

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Reaching the Goal

Reaching the Goal

The Corps of Discovery sees the Pacific. On November 7, 1805, the Lewis and Clark (illustration) expedition finally reaches the Pacific Ocean, near...

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Riot on the Railroad

Riot on the Railroad

A revolt by workers means big changes. It’s called the Bear River Riot. Union Pacific workers in Wyoming—mostly Irish—rebel against a local...

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Wagons West

Wagons West

Before taking the long journey West by wagon train what would it cost and what essential supplies would they need? The overland journey from...

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Adelita

Adelita

There’s a beautiful song that came out of the 1910 Mexican Revolution called “Adelita.” Was there such a woman? La Adelita is one of the most famous...

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Retrieving the Cattle

Retrieving the Cattle

A Ranger captain was determined to get rustled cattle back, no matter what. Texas Ranger Captain Lee McNelly was tough and no-nonsense. In November...

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Harry Wheeler

Harry Wheeler

This is Not Your Usual Hollywood-Style Gunfight Harry Wheeler was a Roughrider in the Spanish-American War with Teddy Roosevelt’s Roughriders but...

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