Thursday, October 11, 2012
Today's picture shows a couple of prospectors in their mining camp near Deadwood. The picture was taken in 1887. One man is tending a pot on a campfire, while the other one is bringing in a deer he has shot. Also notice in the foreground there is another deer with a rifle leaning on it. I would say these men will eat well this winter.
I have enjoyed this week of pictures, and the discussions on Old West boom towns. I have had the chance to visit Virginia City, Silverton, Durango and several others in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. One place I have always wanted to visit but have never had the chance is Tombstone, Arizona. Has anyone visited there? Is it nicely preserved? I always considered the story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday at the showdown at the OK coral to be the absolute classic of all Western shootouts.