Looking Back at History…

…Not once, but twice!

One year ago this weekend, The Boy and I stepped back in time and ventured out to “Dodge City”.  The story below is what I posted last year, however, being the history buff I am and the fact we had so much fun, I thought I would rerun the post for those who may not have seen it.  This was one of my very first posts for the blog, so there was not a lot of substance.  I was just excited being able to share our adventure with family and friends.

Although it was a reenactment “Dodge City”, it was an entertaining way to spend an afternoon.  In the slide show below are some pictures that I have not posted before, yet were part of our experience last year.

I hope we find time to make it out again this year; however that may be tough to do as “The Boy” keeps pretty occupied with his friends nowadays (sigh).

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Old West Festival ~ Dodge City, KS

Original story posted on Sept. 26, 2011

We did it, we stepped back in time on Sunday.  We woke early, but didn’t leave the house until 10:15 and headed off for the day, headed to Dodge City, Kansas.  A town once run by famous lawmen like Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp.

Bat Masterson (left) and Wyatt Earp in Dodge C...

Bat Masterson (left) and Wyatt Earp in Dodge City, 1876. The scroll on Earp’s chest is a cloth pin-on badge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Below is a brief History of DODGE CITY

(borrowed from the handout at the event)

The real Dodge City of the 1870’s was a unique phenomenon in the history of the United States. This cow town sprang up virtually overnight and captured the essence of life in the expanding American Southwest.

In the early years of Dodge, stacks of Buffalo hides towered along Front street.  Filthy Buffalo hunters and traders filled the town’s establishments. By 1875 the Buffalo were all gone and the Longhorn Cattle of Texas drove the dollars into town.

Law and order came riding into town with respectable officers such as Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman and Charlie Bassett.  The city passed an ordanance that no guns could be worn or carried north of the “deadline” railroad tracks.

Dodge City in 1878 was, perhaps the definition of the Old West.  It was a year when Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday roamed the streets, when the Texas cowboys drove cattle and quenched their thirst in the saloons, when the dance halls were filled with Can-Can dancing and the streets were filled with gunfighting.

The beginning of our adventure

First thing  as we stepped through the gate a young sweet looking girl greeted us and asked “The Boy” if he was her husband.  After he gave the question a second or two to soak in, his reply was yes. (He told me later that she was cute).  Well, need I say that was the answer the lil’ Miss was looking for and she promptly took her future “handsome” husband by the hand and they were off, looking for the Sheriff to get hitched.

Lookin for the preacher man

After a parade around town, on the hunt for the Sheriff, they finally found him at the train stations rustling up some hoodlums, looking for gold on the train. Once his business there was taken care of and the crooks were properly placed in the town’s jail, the wedding ceremony was under way.

They were at the church saying their weddin prayers (I’m snickering now). He and his new bride, Laura looked to be very happy. She was a very polite southern lady.

After the wedding, we went on about our day and made a visit to the saloon and other shops in the town.

The food was delicious and we even caught sight of a town showdown and gun fight. It was neat to see how live was lived back in the day of 1878.

Main Street before the fuedin’ started

As we journeyed the grounds, we happened across an old graveyard and within it was a headstone that pretty much put it like it was. Poor fella.This is what it said “1833-1877, R.I.P. Thomas Hand. Here lies my man ol’ cheatin’ Tom and all his life he done me wrong, so I’m not sorry he ran his head into my frying pan”.

The sky was clear and beautiful and it turned out to be a great day. Although we left a little dusty, it was an adventure to step away from the technologies of today (cell phones didn’t work out there either) and see life as it was back in the day.

We will return to the rustic town again next year.

The 70’s Disco Era Flashback

Ahh, the 1970’s, what an awesome era!

The 70’s were a decade filled with platform shoes, earth shoes (I had a pair of them….very comfortable),

bell-bottom pants, afros and braids, and music that sometimes told a compelling story and others, well…not so much.  I was born in the mid-sixties, but have some fond memories of the 70’s. If you have a story to share about a fond memory of the disco era, please share with us in the comment box below.

When thinking back to the fascinating era, I can’t help by remember psychedelic images, J.J. Walker and his famous “Dyno-O-Mite” and big smile, the yellow shirts with the big smiley face, Vinny Babarino (always had a crush on John Travolta) and the gang on Welcome Back Kotter, great movies like Grease and Saturday Night Fever, and words such as cool, far-out, boogie, and right-on.  Phrases like “can ya dig it man” and “good night John-Boy”.

I remember most about the seventies about attending Sligh Jr. High in Tampa, located on Sligh Avenue.  My friends were Sheri L., Amber M., Karla Y. and Kim F.  I was a hall patrol (remember those orange patrol belts?)  My picture to the left is a flashback in time to the late 70’s.  Check out those sunglasses….HUGE!

Some of the most memorable songs were Jimmy Buffet’s “Margarita Ville” and “cheeseburger in Paradise”; Queens “Fat Bottom Girls” and “Bicycle”, and we can’t leave out Barry Manilow‘s “Mandy”.  Do you remember those big bulky 8-track tapes?

Ahh…the memories, such sweet wonderful memories.  What I wouldn’t give to go back and live one week in the 70’s again.  Where’s my Fairy-Godmother?  I have a wish I wanna cash in.

This is a snapshot of the past

Our President ~ Richard M. Nixon

Population ~ 205,052,174

Life expectancy ~ 70.8 years

Federal debt ~ $380.9 billion

Unemployment ~ 3.9%

Prices in the 70’s

New home~ $26,600

Median household income ~ $8,734

Cost of a first-class stamp $0.06

Gallon of regular gas ~ $0.36

Gallon of milk ~ $1.15

Timeline of the 70’s  (borrowed from Buzzle.com)

1970:

  • Invention of floppy discs.
  • Introduction of bar codes.
  • Breakup of the Beatles.
  • Completion of World Trade Center.
  • Earthquake in Peru Killed 72,200 people.
  • China became the fifth nation to put a satellite into orbit.

1971:

  • The Soviet Union and NASA sent probes to Mars.
  • The microprocessor was introduced which was the foundation of all computers.
  • Bangladesh was created from East Pakistan.
  • China joined the United Nations.
  • The US and South Vietnam invaded Laos.
  • Introduction of CAT scanning (Computerized Axial Tomography) which was the most important medical breakthrough since the X-ray.
  • Invention of cellular phone battery.
  • Opening of Disney World.
  • A new stock market index called the NASDAQ was introduced.
  • The country United Arab Emirates was created.

1972:

  • United States president Nixon went to China on a landmark visit.
  • Ugandan president Idi Amin expelled all Asians.
  • Terrorist attack at the Munich Olympic Games.
  • Marks Spitz won 7 gold medals at the Munich Olympic Games.
  • E-mail was invented by Ray Tomlinson.
  • Eugene Cernan became the last man to walk on the moon.
  • Beginning of Watergate scandal.
  • Introduction of pocket calculators.

1973:

  • Opening of Sydney opera house.
  • The world’s largest building the Sears Tower in Chicago was completed.
  • The end of the Vietnam war.
  • Abortion was legalized in the United States.
  • Paul Getty was kidnapped.
  • OPEC doubled the price of oil  which led to the gas crisis of the 1970’s.
  • The US vice-president resigned.
  • The Bahamas become independent.
  • Egypt and Syria attacked Israel.

1974:

  • Stephen Hawking proposed new Black Hole theory which ran counter to Einstein’s theory.
  • US president Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal.
  • India conducts its first nuclear test.
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada.
  • Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie dethroned after a famine, which killed over 200,000 people and had seen no help from the government.
  • US president Gerald Ford pardoned ex-president Nixon.
  • The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) kidnapped Patricia Hearst.

1975:

  • Microsoft was founded.
  • Disposable razors were introduced in the market.
  • Arthur Ashe of the United States of America became the first black man to win Wimbledon.
  • Lyme disease was first discovered.
  • Lebanon civil war began which was sparked by Christians who killed a busload of Palestinians and other Muslims.
  • The first home computer the Altair was launched.
  • The first joint US-USSR space mission.
  • Attempt to assassinate serving US president Gerald Ford.
  • Catalytic converters are introduced in cars.
  • Pol Pot became the dictator of Cambodia.

1976:

  • First artificial gene created in a test tube.
  • First Cray Supercomputer launched.
  • The Viking Probe lands on Mars and sends back pictures of rocky terrain.
  • Israeli commandos storm hijacked Air France plane in Uganda’s Entebbe Airport and released 103 hostages held by a pro-Palestinian terrorist group.
  • Mao Tse-tung the communist leader of China died in 1976 after over 25 years of rule.
  • Nadia Comaneci Given Seven Perfect Tens at the Olympics.
  • Tangshan Earthquake Kills Over 240,000 people.

1977:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was first used to map the brain and other parts of the body.
  • Janelle Commission of Trinidad & Tobago became the first black woman in  history to win the Miss Universe crown.
  • Elvis Presley dies.
  • Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat was the first Arab leader to visit Israel and acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
  • The Alaskan pipeline was completed.
  • The release of Star Wars movie.
  • The Nuclear-Proliferation Pact was signed by 15 countries, including the United States and the USSR, which was to “curb” the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
  • In the worst air disaster in history. Two 747’s collide at airport in Tenerife, Canary Islands killing nearly 600 people.

1978:

  • First test tube baby was born using in vitro fertilization.
  • John Paul II became the Pope.
  • Ultrasound was first used.
  • The Camp David Accords were signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat.
  • Cartoon character Garfield the cat was syndicated.
  • In the Jonestown massacre there was the suicide and murder of 900 people who drank cyanide in fruit-flavored drink and the leader shot himself.

1979:

  • Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister.
  • In Iran the Shah was deposed and Ayatollah Khomeini became the leader.
  • Iranian students stormed the US embassy and  held 52 of the 66 people in the embassy hostage for 444 days.
  • The Japanese company Sony introduced the Walkman.
  • The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.
  • There was a nuclear accident at Three Mile island in US.
  • Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel peace prize.
  • ESPN began broadcasting

Various Events that Occured in the Month of October

These facts and bits of information about October were pulled from several sources on the internet.

October…

1, 1908 – First “Model T” Ford was put on the market

1, 1924 – Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States was born in Plains, GA.

4, 1957 – The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite

5, 1829 – Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States was born in Fairfield, VT

5, 1947 – President Harry S. Truman made the first presidential televised address from the Oval office int he White House

8, 1871 – The Great Chicago fire began and burned for 30-hours. The summer of 1871 was very dry, leaving the ground parched and the wooden city vulnerable. On Sunday evening, October 8, 1871, just after nine o’clock, a
fire broke out in the barn behind the home of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary at 13 DeKoven Street. How the fire started is still unknown today, but an O’Leary cow often gets the credit.

10, 1845 – The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD

12, 1492 – Christopher Columbus landed in America.  Explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in the Republic of Genoa, Italy. His first voyage into the Atlantic Ocean in 1476 nearly cost him his life. Columbus participated in several other expeditions to Africa. 1492, Columbus left Spain in the Santa Maria, with the Pinta and the Niña along side. He has been credited for opening up the Americas to European colonization.

13, 1792 – The first cornerstone was laid for the newest structure in Washington, D.C.  It would be the stone that set the foundation for the White House.

14, 1891 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States was born in Denison, TX

19, 1630 – The first general court in New England was held in Boston.

19, 1879 – Thomas Edison began his first successful demonstration of his electric light.

21, 1797 – The U.S.S. Constitution, aka Old Ironsides, was launched on its maiden voyage after a previous failed attempt to launch in September 1797 when because of its weight, it sunk into the ground.   Read more here.

27, 1858 – Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States was born in New York City, NY.

28, 1636 – Harvard College was founded.

28, 1886 – The Statue of Liberty dedication was held.

29, 1929 – The blackest day in the history of the stock market.

30, 1735 – John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States was born in what is now known as Quincy, MA.

31, 1864 – Nevada became the 36th state.

Other Stuff

  • Rain in October means wind in December
  • When berries are many in October, beware of a hard winter