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From Our Outfit... May 2015 Notes

Whether it’s a politician, business person or just an ordinary guy who’s aggressive in their actions, sometimes people call them a "cowboy" as a way of putting them down. The critics say the person comes off as a "half cocked" gunslinger shooting from the hip… Incidentally, if you’re not aware, when a pistol is "half cocked", it can’t fire and is useless.

But the way I look at the Old West cowboy, and even cowboys today, I consider being called a cowboy a compliment.

The frontier cowboy was a man of purpose who endured floods, blizzards, heat and drought to finish what he started. He took what life had to offer, and did his best because of it or in spite of it.

He was Black, Spanish, immigrant, white and Indian. Following the end of the Civil War, some 30% of the young men coming out west to become cowboys were Black. Unlike some other parts of the country, a man was judged by his ability to pull his weight, not his looks.

A cowboy a gunslinger? Hardly. He usually carried his pistol in his bedroll, and when he did use it, it was to dispatch snakes and varmints (sometimes human) threatening his charges.

He lived by the Code of the West. The code wasn’t written down. It was understood and respected by everyone. It included:

  • Never turn anyone away from your campfire.
  • Don’t pass anyone on the trail without saying "Hi."
  • Your handshake is a contract.
  • Only quitters complain.
  • You finish what you start.
  • You’re loyal to the brand for which you ride.

A man who lives by these precepts is a man I would sure be happy to partner up with. And I’m sure you would too.

Even today we use the term “cowboy up,” which means in spite of adversity, you continue on with your objective.

I wear a cowboy hat and boots much of the time. Some places where I travel, strangers come up to me and say, "Hi cowboy." There was a time when I was a bit offended by their comment. But not anymore. I respond with, "Thanks for the compliment."

Whether we live in the west or the east; whether we wear a cowboy hat and boots or not, we as a country have a great heritage. And that heritage is exemplified by the men and women who came out west. And even though the American cowboy was preceded by the Spanish Vaquero, the cowboy as we know him is uniquely American.

Incidentally, The Day of the Cowboy is celebrated each year. This year’s celebration takes place on July 25. To find out what’s happening in your area go to
www.NationalDayoftheCowboy.com.

May God always be at your side.

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Dakota has a new book based on the code of life developed on America’s frontier.

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Living the Code by Dakota Livesay

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Hi! Dakota LivesayI'm Dakota Livesay the publisher of the Chronicle of the Old West the newspaper, narrator of Chronicle of the Old West the daily radio show, and host of the hour-long weekly show, Chronicle of the Old West Weekly Edition.

Below are the various elements of the Chronicle of the Old West organization. Our objective is to educate people about the Old West in an entertaining way. Our hope is that as you surf through our web site you'll be inspired to learn more about a time that was very important to the development of America...a time of great contradictions.

It was an age when men had high standards in dealing with each other. Yet, it was also a time when some of the harshest crudities to our fellow man took place. We look at the Old West, as it really was, warts and all. Below is a brief rundown of the Chronicle of the Old West organization.

Click on the various headings to learn more about us....

 

Chronicle of the Old West the newspaper...

When we started Chronicle of the Old West May  2015  EditionChronicle of the Old West over five years ago, we had no idea how unique the publication was, and how well it would be received by Old West enthusiasts, as well as people who are interested in America's history.

Chronicle of the Old West contains reprints of 1800's articles and current articles about Old West events written as if they just happened. We also have a section that tells readers about places to go and activities to attend to enjoy the Old West today.

We call Chronicle of the Old West "a transporter" in that when you read it you'll be transported back to the 1800's. Each month contains articles about events that took place during that month.

If you would like to view the first page and see the highlights for this month's Chronicle of the Old West Newspaper, CLICK HERE.

 

If you're interested in the writer's guidelines for the Chronicle of the Old West Newspaper, CLICK HERE.

Chronicle of the Old West the radio show...

Chronicle of the Old West is also Dakota Livesay at the recording studiotwo syndicated radio shows about our American West.

Five days a week, Dakota tells a story about a person or event from the Old West. As with the newspaper, the stories are aired in the month in which they took place.

To find out if the Daily Show is aired near you, click HERE.

You can see what is playing this month or listen to a selected story from the current month by clicking HERE. This month's featured story is "Frank James Tried For Robbery." If you would like to browse through a list of archived daily featured AUDIO TRACKS click HERE.

We also have a weekly hour-long show called Chronicle of the Old West the Weekly Edition. This show also hosted by Dakota Livesay, contains interviews with Old West experts about people and events from the 1800s, great cowboy music, and information about the Old West that will entertain and educate the listener about our Western history.

You can view information on our CURRENT WEEKLY hour-long show by clicking HERE. Some of the highlights from April 27-May 3, 2015: "The story behind Old West grave sites" and "Old West gunfighters: real or fiction made up by novelists." To check out what will be featured NEXT WEEK, click HERE.

You can also view information about our PAST WEEKLY radio shows by clicking HERE.

If you would like to browse through a list of archived weekly featured AUDIO TRACKS click HERE. (Updated 4-08-10)

To find out if the Weekly Edition is aired near you, click HERE.

If you know of a radio station in your area that may be interested in reaching people like you with information about the history of our American West, go to our contact page and e-mail us with information about the station.

Chronicle of the Old West contests and fun...

This section is for those of you who enjoy contests. Each month Chronicle of the Old West, the newspaper, has a "Bronco Sue's Old West Trivia Shootout" and "LouisLAmour.com" trivia contest with some great prizes. You can enter them through our web site, even if you aren't a subscriber.

Chronicle of the Old West merchandise...

Living the Code by Dakota LivesayFor six years, through Chronicle of the Old West and his radio shows, Dakota has promoted seven precepts developed on America’s frontier.  He calls them “The Code.”

He’s now written a book explaining how we can make these precepts a part of our lives.  If taken seriously, these precepts can change a person’s life.

Click HERE to find out more about "Living the Code" - a book by Dakota Livesay.


Gunfights of the Old West CD

Because of radio time constraints, Dakota is not always able to tell the full story, so we decided to take a theme and record a series of stories around that theme, without any time constraints. Our first one "Gunfights of the Old West" is currently available.

 

Women of the Old West CD
Dakota has always been intrigued with the roll women played in taming the west. That’s right, it was women who tamed the west. Although tradition says Samuel Colt’s 45 tamed the west. It wasn’t a pistol - it was a petticoat. Our second CD "Women of the Old West" is now available.

 

Dakota Livesay Takes A Look At Tombstone, Arizona Territory
Our newest CD is finally off the presses and is now available for purchase. If you enjoy the Old West you’ll love this CD comprised of fifteen stories about the people and events that helped shape Tombstone, Arizona Territory into the last great Old West boomtown on the continental United States. Our third CD "Dakota Livesay Takes A Look At TOMBSTONE, ARIZONA TERRITORY" is sure to be as big a hit as our other CD's!

 

Daily Radio Shows for SaleWeekly Radio Shows for Sale
Also, because it may be a while before everyone can hear the DAILY and WEEKLY radio shows on their radio, we’ve made it possible for everyone to be able to hear the shows on their CD player. By clicking HERE you can get information about the Weekly shows that we have for sale. By clicking HERE you can get information about our Daily Shows (a month's worth at a time.) We’ve tried to make the shows as affordable as possible.

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Above (left) Dakota is standing in front of a simulated Chronicle of the Old West office at Old West Main Street in Williams, Arizona.

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Chronicle of the Old West Calendar Page Chronicle of the Old West "Calendar of Events"

We have added a calendar of events for you to consider attending. Some of these we will be attending and some we wish could attend. Check out our calendars and if you know of an event that people who enjoy the Old West would like to attend, email us with the information.

 

 

Chronicle of the Old West "The Chuckwagon..."

The ChuckwagonIn our search for articles in libraries across the country, we come across recipes and tips that were printed in the 1800's. Amusing, entertaining, and occasionally delicious we thought we would pass them on to you.

We hope you enjoy our newest page - The Chuckwagon.

Our featured recipe for this month is: "Cooked Cabbage Salad."

Chronicle of the Old West presents "Living the Code"...

At the beginning of each month, Dakota will have a new story to help inspire each of us to... "Live the Code."

Click HERE to read the current month's featured story. "Flea Circus"

Respect Yourself and Others Accept responsibility for your life. Be positive and cheerful. Be a person of your word. Go the distance. Be fair in all your dealings. Be a good friend & neighbor. Living the Code by Dakota LivesayFlea Circus

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