April 25, 2013

The Ballad of Soapy Smith - YouTube video

t's called, The Ballad of Soapy Smith and it was put up on YouTube by user MantisCollege. It was produced using cast members of the Day's of '98 Show in Skagway, Alaska and that's all I know at this time. It's a fun watch, even if not historically accurate. Enjoy!

"How we envision the old west, and how it
really was, are often two separate entities."
— Jeff Smith


1831: The New York City and Harlem Railway is incorporated.
1846: The Mexican-American War begins over disputes of Texas boundaries.
1860: The first Japanese diplomats to visit a foreign power reach Washington, D.C., to discuss trade with the United States.
1862: Union Admiral Farragut occupies New Orleans, Louisiana during the Civil War.
1864: After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, during the Civil War, Union General Nathaniel Bank returns to Alexandria, Louisiana.
1889: Jim McCarthy robs the Collins and Sons Bank in Ventura, California, only to discover that his horse wedged its reins under a wagon wheel. He tries to free his horse only to have Sheriff John Snodgrass come up and arrest him.
1898: The outlaw Wild Bunch gang, including, Butch Cassidy, Harvey "Kid Curry" Logan, William Ellsworth "Elza" Lay, George "Flat Nose" Curry, and Ben “The Tall Texan” Kilpatrick rob the Union Pacific's Overland Flyer. The gang blows up the express car with dynamite, getting away with around $30,000.
1898: After Spain had declared war on the U.S. several days prior, the U.S. declares war on Spain and then backdates it two days so that it appears that the U.S. declared war on Spain first.
1901: Outlaw Thomas “Black Jack” Ketchum is hung in Clayton, New Mexico for train robbery. Ketchum said to witnesses at the hanging, "I'll be in hell before you start breakfast, boys!" Ketchum's last words were "Let her rip." His last words were prophetic as he was decapitated.
1901: New York becomes the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee is $1. 

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