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Unearthing Wyatt Earp’s revolver

Very cool indeed!

The Smell of Gunsmoke

This gun was a gift to Wyatt Earp from the Citizens Committee of Nome, Alaska.

A gun that once belonged to Wyatt Earp sold for $35,000 at an auction held by the city of Harrisburg, Pa., in July. The label on the gun’s grip reads: “To Wyatt Earp, Welcome From the Citizens Committee of Nome.”

Wyatt moved to Nome, Alaska, in 1897 at the height of a gold rush. While there, he co-owned the very profitable Dexter Saloon, which some say housed a brothel upstairs. When he left Alaska for good in 1901, he had made $80,000, a staggering sum of money at the time.

The auction house had expected the gun to sell for around $1,600. I looked through the various history books on my shelf but could not find any mention of it, which made me wonder just how valuable it was to Wyatt.

Then I found a photo online of the note written when the gun changed hands in 1993, which raises…

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Abandonment Issues – New Book!

Hey Gang! I wanted to take the time to bring your attention to a new book out by a fantastic, talented artist named Cheryl McDonald, who lives in Ridgecrest, California. The book, called Abandonment Issues, is now available through Blurb. To have a look, and hopefully purchase this superb book full of artistic photography of California’s desert ghost towns, please click here.

You can also visit Cheryl’s website at Cheryl McDonald Creative.

My Life Is A “B” Western.

Merilee writes in a beautiful and haunting style that pulls you in and holds you until the very end.

Mark Your Calendars!


Just wanted to remind anyone who might be interested that Randsburg will be hosting their Old West Days on September 21st, 2013.

There will be live Western and Bluegrass bands, vendors and other forms of entertainment, including an Old West shootout. Entry is free!

For more information e-mail Linda Gallman at, or call Bart Parker at 760 371 0965.

If you’d like to stay in accommodations within the town limits you need to book NOW, as rooms and cabins rent up pretty quick for this popular annual event.

Here are the available accommodations within the town of Randsburg…

Goat’s Sky Ranch & Cottage Hotel:

The Randsburg Inn:

If everything is booked up in Randsburg, the closest town to book a hotel or motel room is Ridgecrest, which is about 20 minutes away from Randsburg.

Here are some videos from last year’s event. I’m the saloon girl with the bustle and the rifle, LOL!



Signed with Art Agent!

I have just been signed to work with agent Russ Cannizzaro, CEO of The Artrepreneur, headquartered in Arizona.

My profile will be live on their site within the next 72 hours, as well as my marketing page. My art will be part of the presentation at the major Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on June 17th.

Randsburg – Still Kicking! – by Cindy Nunn

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Randsburg, California, former booming mining town, now a still lively ghost town.

Founded in 1895 by three miners when they discovered gold, Randsburg quickly boomed into a town with a population of over 3000 people. This desert community even boasted a skating rink before it had a church, and this is where the first official marriage ceremony in Randsburg was conducted. Like other boom towns of the era Randsburg boasted its fair share of saloons and brothels, which provided plenty of fodder for the local and regional newspapers, with everything from brawls to murder.

Now, Randsburg is a bit quieter, with a population of less than 60 people as far as I can find from official records, but in spite of its small size the town remains alive and kicking, with a saloon, bar, general store/restaurant and various shops. The Cottage Hotel / Goat’s Sky Ranch offers rooms as well as refurbished cabins for rent, or, if you prefer, you can book a stay at the Randsburg Inn, formerly the Commercial Hotel, and before that, the dance hall owned by French Marguerite, one of Randsburg’s famous madams.

Randsburg is now a favorite tourist attraction for not only Americans, but people from all over the world. It is also a popular spot for “weekend warriors” who enjoy dirt bike, motorcycle and ATV sports.


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