— LEGEND OF THE WOMAN IN WHITE — Legend suggests that when the moon is high and bright in the skies over western Kansas, an illuminated white figure in the form of a woman can be seen roaming along a dry creek bed called White Woman Creek.
Several accounts of how the stream got its name have been circulating since the 1800s.
According to one story, the apparition […]
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— THE WAGON BOX FIGHT — The soldier in the observation post felt the ground tremble and heard the thunder of hoofbeats. Fearing the worst, he lifted his field glasses. In the distance, the lookout spotted a massive force of Lakota Sioux charging out of the sunlight.
“Indians! he yelled.
James W. Powell heard the alarm, slipped into his boots from bathing in a nearby creek and ran toward […]
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Despite an angry, howling, high plains wind, several thirsty cowboys ducked inside the Cleveland Brothers Saloon in Lusk, Wyoming, to seek comfort from a cold winter night in 1887.
One man by the name of Bill McCoy sat alone at a table, drinking in excess, became aware of the whispers and stares—attention generated by a recent series of newspaper articles in the Lusk Herald.
The articles, written by editor J.K. […]
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Silhouetted against a moonlit sky, three columns of US Army troopers trudged through a layer of deep snow toward a winter encampment of American Indians on the Washita River.
Since warm-weather campaigns against so-called hostiles–mostly Southern Cheyenne and Southern Arapaho–failed to make any headway, Major General Philip H. Sheridan settled on a strategy to strike when the tribes were most vulnerable.
Named to lead this campaign was Lt. Col. George A. Custer. […]
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