Tag Archives: American West

The Great Air Mail Fiasco of 1934 in the American West


With the recent blizzard in the mid-Atlantic, I thought it appropriate to discuss an earlier event in aviation history in which bad weather played a key role. One of the most significant events affecting aviation in the American West occurred … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Cowboy Hero”


The Cowboy Hero: His Image in American History and Culture. By William W. Savage Jr. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1979. The cowboy became a staple of popular American culture in the nineteenth century and has remained so until the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Violence in the West: The Johnson County Range War and the Ludlow Massacre, a Brief History with Documents”


Violence in the West: The Johnson County Range War and the Ludlow Massacre, a Brief History with Documents. By Marilynn S. Johnston. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. A part of “The Bedford Series in History and Culture,” this slim volume presents … Continue reading

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Notes on a New Book: “Landing in Las Vegas: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City”


Landing in Las Vegas: Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City. By Daniel K. Bubb. Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2012. Shepperson Series in Nevada. How did Las Vegas become the gambling capital of the world, outstripping … Continue reading

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The Declining Significance of the Frontier in Space History?


It began to be perceptible in the late 1960s, and was certainly recognized in the 1970s, that the intermix of frontier imagery, popular culture expectations, and Cold War concerns was beginning to break-down. This was true across broad swaths of … Continue reading

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