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This is the grave of Bat Masterson. The thing to understand up front about people such as Masterson, or anyone who was involved in the “classic” western gunfights of the post-Civil War period is that they were all violent thugs. As my undergraduate advisor Richard Maxwell Brown long ago noted, whether you were a “good […]

The Klamath

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On May 2, 2021

The Klamath River in southern Oregon and northern California has long been one of the most controversial waterways in America. It’s a situation where there isn’t enough water to go around,

Greater Idaho

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On April 20, 2021

Look, if there’s one thing that unites Oregonians, it’s that they really just want to be part of Idaho. Wonkette is of course hilarious about this: An Oregon dude who thinks it would make

Notes from the West

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On October 20, 2019

I have been almost silent from the blog for the last week. The main reason is that I spent that whole week in the West. The proximate reason was to attend the Western History Association conference in

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