Tombstone, Arizona: Capsule of the American Old West

By | April 8th, 2019|Categories: Old West, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , |

Join Recollections on a trip to Tombstone, Arizona. Experience the Old West as we enjoy this day trip.

The Covered Wagon: shaper of American history

By | November 4th, 2017|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

From the horse carts of the ancient Celts, the carriages of the ancient Chinese, and the chariots of the Mesopotamians, humans have been using animals and wheeled vehicles as transportation for millennia. It was the mode of transportation responsible for shaping American history. Without the covered wagon westward expansion would have been much harder. The [...]

Recollections is among the Best of the West for 2017

By | December 26th, 2016|Categories: Old West, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

True West Magazine is print and electronic publication that is the brainchild of Bob Boze Bell. Bob is an expert on the history of the Old West. He can currently be seen on 'Gunslingers' on the American Heroes Channel. He's written nine books on Old West characters in addition to his work on True West, [...]

The Most Extraordinary Story of Sister Blandina Segale – Pt. 2

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Old West, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What Made Sister Blandina Segale's Service in the Old West Extraordinary? Sister Blandina Segale wrote a memoir of her time in Colorado Territory, titled At the End of the Santa Fe Trail. Stories of her adventures while serving in the Old West have been featured in novels, television programs, histories, and even a comic book. The CBS [...]

Part 3 – Bass Reeves: the Real ‘Lone Ranger’

By | November 6th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Donna Klein   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3   The Real Lone Ranger   Let's take a look at what makes him a legend and most likely the inspiration for the “Lone Ranger.” Bass Reeves was an expert marksman, he rode a white or gray stallion, was “pressed and dressed” with [...]

Halloween is Just Around the Corner!

By | September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Downton Abbey, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Halloween is Just a Hop-Skip-and-a-Jump Away!   Yes, the calendar just flipped from August to September, and the thermometer is still registering summer temperatures. But, make no mistake, it's almost heeeeeerrrrre! It's time to start thinking about autumn and one of its highlights - Halloween.   Themed parties, no theme parties, and everything in between [...]

Costume College 2015

By | August 21st, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Polonaise, Roaring 20s, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Sue McDonald   Costume College - Whirlwind of Classes and Special Events   If you haven’t heard about Costume College, then you haven’t been paying attention! After hearing about it for years, a friend convinced me to enroll last year, and I am now positively addicted to the excitement, the many opportunities for learning [...]

Harvey Girls – the Other Pioneers of the American West

By | August 10th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Inspiration for the Harvey Girls As westward expansion spread across the United States, so followed the railroads. Passengers often spent days on board as they traveled west. A picnic basket might get one through the first day, but staying fed was an issue during the days of early passenger service. There were no coolers, [...]

Silverwood Theme Park

By | April 27th, 2015|Categories: Old West, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

Where is Silverwood Theme Park?   Silverwood Theme Park is located in northern Idaho, just north of Coeur d'Alene and about 45 minutes from Spokane, Washington. It is open from May through October each year. For one price, it features thrill rides, kids rides, fun-for-all rides, Boulder Beach Water Park, and lots of entertainment. The [...]