My grandfather, on my mothers side, stood about 5’5″, had golden white hair, sparkling ocean blue eyes, swore he was a leprachaun (contradictory to his 100% French ancestry and French last name), and was fundamentally, indisputedly the biggest Wild West fan in Colorado.
There isn’t a Louis Lamour book (odd another French name) he didn’t read, more than once; not a single episode of “Gun Smoke” or “Bonanza” he had not watched repeatedly; not a cowboy he didnt know.
Pe’pe may have swore he was a leprachaun but he was John Wayne at heart.
Since I haven’t posted a font set in awhile and I know there are other font addicts out there like me, I decided it was high time I added one.
In honor of my cowboy, I figured some fun Wild West fonts were a good call.
Summer is in full swing and cookouts, s’mores, camping are all the order of the season.
Cooking for your family or the whole Round Up Gang, it’s still fun to add some western flare with place settings, food labels, even a menu printed on a Wanted Poster.
Or how about “Dust Bowl Cleanout In Yard Town”.
A car wash.
House cleaning chart.
Exercise program goals.
Slumber party under the stars.
Wild West movie night.
Movies under the stars.
The ideas are limited by the imagination.
I like the Wild West. Maybe because my great great Grandfather Ellis was a miner pioneer in the 1870′s during the gold and silver boom.
Maybe it’s in my blood.
Cowboys are rough and rugged.
Cowgirls can hold their own.
Indians weren’t to be messed with.
I think everyone knows at least “something about the Old West. But there are some very interesting tidbits you may not know.
The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral only lasted about thirty seconds.
Wild Bill Hickok was killed by an alcoholic drifter named Jack McCall while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota, on August 2, 1876. When he was killed he was holding a poker hand of aces and eights, thereafter known as the Dead Man’s Hand.
Despite Hollywood’s depiction to the contrary, Jesse and Frank James were never cowboys. Both were raised on a farm in Missouri, where many of their crimes occurred.
According to eye witnesses, Wild Bill Hickok could hit a dime tossed into the air nine out of ten times; he could knock an apple from a tree with one shot and then hit the apple again with another bullet before it hit the ground, all at 25 paces.
Whiskey had a number of names during the days of the Old West including bottled courage, bug juice, coffin varnish, dynamite, fire water, gut warmer, joy juice, neck oil, nose paint, redeye, scamper juice, snake pizen, tarantula juice, tonsil varnish, tornado juice, wild mare’s milk.
Doc Holliday claimed he almost lost his life a total of nine times. Four attempts were made to hang him and he was shot at five times
In 1876, the lawless town of Deadwood, South Dakota averaged a murder a day.
1776 miles of track were laid during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad from Sacramento, California to Omaha, Nebraska. On April 10, 1869, 10 miles of track was laid in one day. This outstanding achievement has not been surpassed to this day in this country.
Jesse James, the most celebrated bandit in western history reveled in his notoriety and one time he even wrote his own press release about the robbery, which he handed to the engineer of the train before riding away with his men
5. No one has any way of actually knowing how many Native American people inhabited North America before exploration on the continent began, but some estimates go as high as 100 million people. There were 240 Native American tribes which spoke 300 different languages.
The term “gang” wasn’t utilized by Americans to mean a group of criminals until sometime around 1870. The word was first used in America to mean a herd of animals in the 1650′s, then by 1823, it was applied to a pack of dishonest politicians.
The famous Lewis and Clark expedition covered 7,789 miles. Thomas Jefferson estimated that the trek would cost $2,500, but, in fact it cost $38,722.25.
And that my faithful readers is not only your Old West Round up of facts and fonts, but proof that our U.S government was no better at managing money or economics than they do now.
Go make something Western and Enjoy!