Monday, August 30, 2010

Peek a Boo Bear

This is the latest teddy bear I have been working on.  I just wanted to give you a little peek.  Teddy should be finished in a week or so and then I will post all the details.
Until then...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway ~ Lincoln

Lincoln is considered by many historians to be the most authentic old west town remaining in our country.
President Rutherford B. Hayes called Lincoln’s one street “the most dangerous street in America.”
#1 Pat Garrett
Now, visitors can walk the street in the footsteps of Sheriff Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, and other infamous characters involved in the Lincoln County War, 1877-1881.
Tunstall Store ~ now a museum 
The Lincoln County War began in 1877 when John Tunstall started a mercantile store in competition with the one that L.G. Murphy and Co. had established.
Dolan House ~ now a Tea & Coffee Shoppe serving breakfast & lunch
Murphy and his protege James Dolan were backed by powerful politicians and investors and deputized a group of gunmen know as "The Boys."
Tunstall was soon murdered and his allies, including Billy the Kid, formed their own branch of lawmen known as "The Regulators." County residents chose up sides and even today, conflicting stories of Billy the Kid live on.

Billy was captured by Sheriff Pat Garrett, then tried, convicted and sentenced for the murder of Sheriff Will Brady, but he escaped, killing two guards, Deputy Bell and Marshall Olinger, on April 28th, 1881.
The Lincoln County Courthouse was where he was being held awaiting execution and it had yet to construct a jail so prisoners were held upstairs.
The only access to the second floor was this stairway.
Wortly Hotel
Sheriff Garrett, who was out of town at the time, said that Deputy Bell had accompanied Billy to the outhouse while Marshall Oliger was across the street at the Wortly Hotel with the other prisoners for lunch.
Somehow Billy managed to get his hands on a gun and shot Bell on the stairway.

Marshall Olinger heard the shot and ran to the courthouse where he was also shot by The Kid.
It took approximately 3 months for Garrett to finally track Billy down in Fort Sumner. What happened that night on the Maxwell Ranch is the subject of much contention but, Sheriff Garrett is said to have described killing The Kid with a bullet to the chest.

inside the Lincoln County Courthouse
Today Lincoln is a National Historic Monument and home to 16 historic buildings and six museums.

view from the second floor of the courthouse looking at the lovely private residence across the street.
Want to read more about Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway? Check out my Capitan post here.
And stay tuned for more about Lincoln!

Monday, August 23, 2010

More Teddy Bear Stats

Remember the post back in May citing the study that said 20% of men take teddy bears to bed when sleeping alone?
I just came across another study that says among other things: The average teddy bear is 27 years old (my favorite teddy bear will be 24 in December).
Travelodge reunited 75,000 teddy bears with their owners this past year and not all of those owners were children. 25% of men take their teddy bears on business trips with them...
The study also found that the traditional teddy bear was the most popular cuddly toy among adults.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Cowboy's Prayer ~ by Badger Clark

photographed in Lincoln, NM; part of Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway
Oh Lord, I've never lived where churches grow.
I love creation better as it stood
That day You finished it so long ago
And looked upon Your work and called it good.

I know that others find You in the light
That's sifted down through tinted window panes,
And yet I seem to feel You near tonight
In this dim, quiet starlight on the plains.

I thank You, Lord, that I am placed so well,
That You have made my freedom so complete;
That I'm no slave of whistle, clock or bell,
Nor weak-eyed prisoner of wall and street.

Just let me live my life as I've begun
And give me work that's open to the sky;
Make me a pardner of the wind and sun,
And I won't ask a life that's soft or high.

Let me be easy on the man that's down;
Let me be square and generous with all.
I'm careless sometimes, Lord, when I'm in town,
But never let 'em say I'm mean or small!

Make me as big and open as the plains,
As honest as the hawse between my knees,
Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains,
Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze!

Forgive me, Lord, if sometimes I forget.
You know about the reasons that are hid.
You understand the things that gall and fret;
You know me better than my mother did.

Just keep an eye on all that's done and said
And right me, sometimes, when I turn aside,
And guide me on the long, dim, trail ahead
That stretches upward toward the Great Divide.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway ~ Capitan

The Smokey Bear Historical Park is located on highway 380 (better known as 118 W. Smokey Bear Blvd.) in the Village of Capitan.

The Village of Capitan is pretty and so are the surrounding lands.
This home was catty-corner to the park on Smokey Bear Blvd.

While there we heard about the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. It spans US 380 from Capitan to Hondo. Here, it joins US 70 towards Ruidoso. NM 48 will take you back to Capitan or you can take NM 220 at Alto to Ft. Stanton.

We decided to try to visit as much of the Byway as possible before dark. And it was certainly scenic. These landscapes were shot between Capitan and Lincoln.

Stay tuned for more of what we saw on Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear!

On August 9, 1944, the first poster of Smokey Bear was prepared. Smokey Bear soon became popular, and his image began appearing on other posters and cards.

On May 6th, 1950 the human caused Captain Gap fire began. With high winds and having to cover over a mile of rough road, fire crews were in a race against time.

On May 8th, the wind made it impossible to control the fire and on this day nineteen fire fighters were forced to escape to a rock slide while the fire burned over them. They were rescued without any fatalities. It was on May 9th that the face of forest fire prevention changed forever with the discovery of a badly singed bear cub.

Briefly named "Hotfoot Teddy" he was about to take his place in history as the "living symbol" of Smokey Bear. Found clinging to a charred tree, the tiny cub was brought back to fire camp by a group of Ft. Bliss soldiers, who had come to help fight the Capitan Gap fire. New Mexico game warden Ray Bell, who had been flying over the fire, had heard of the burned cub. Ray knew the cub needed medical attention, so he loaded the cub in the airplane and took him to Dr. Ed Smith in Santa Fe, who treated the cubs burns. But it was Ruth Bell (Ray's wife) and daughter Judy who were able to get the little cub to eat.

Photographer Harold Walter took the first photos of Smokey while he posed with Judy Bell.