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The Moorhead Opposition Flexes Its Muscle

By Shane Dunning In my most recent column, I described the attempt in the late 1940s and 1950s to construct a dam on the Powder River south of Moorhead, Montana, just north of the border with...

 
 By Shane Dunning    News    April 21, 2022

Death At The Birney Post Office

In 1886. the town of Birney was not located at its present location at the mouth of Hanging Woman Creek. The Birney post office was then located several miles south of present-day Ashland, which was...

 

The Mystery of Soaring Hawk

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com Deep into a dry creek valley in southern Rosebud County is a structure whose origins are mysterious. A small hill on the south side of the valley commands...

 

The Race was On...75 Years Ago

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com The Race was On...75 Years Ago This June will mark the 75th anniversary of a most extraordinary Montana horse race. In 1947, the Range Riders Rodeo...

 

Rankin's Barn Burner In Broadus

My previous column described the violent back-and-forth between stock inspectors and a gang of livestock rustlers in southeast Montana. Much of the excitement was instigated by stock detective Billy...

 

Billy Richardson vs. Poker Jim Roberts

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com Last month the good people at the Powder River Examiner asked me to follow up on an item they discovered in their regular review of past issues. The...

 
 By Shane Dunning    News    October 28, 2021

The Ghost of Bob Ferguson

Find more from Shane at www.redshalereflections.com (Ed: A ghostly article presented by history columnist Shane Dunning for our Halloween week edition. Enjoy.) In January 1903, "a gentleman who has lo...

 

The Unsolved Murder of John L. Tucker

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com My great-great-uncle John L. Tucker was murdered on Otter Creek in 1911. His murder was, and remains, officially unsolved. Florence Shy, in Echoing Footste...

 

He Wanted to Eat a Piece of a White Man's Heart

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com During the summer of 1897, talk of war between the Northern Cheyenne and local settlers was seemingly on every tongue. John Hoover, a white sheepherder...

 

The Curious End of Powderville's Deadwood Dick

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com The term "Boot Hill" was commonly used for the cemeteries utilized when the deceased were violent criminals who "died with their boots on." The most...

 

When Levi Took Command

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com In late May of 1897, John Hoover was found dead. The young sheepherder, employed on Fred Barringer's ranch north of Ashland, had been missing for several...

 

The Final Bow of Regina Geddes

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com Last December, I presented an article on "the blackest crime to ever disgrace eastern Montana." That crime, the murder of Clemence "Winnie" Brown,...

 

"High-Powered" Williams and the Custer Wolf

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com "The Custer Wolf is Dead." So began a remarkable press release dated January 17, 1921, by the US Department of Agriculture Press Service. This incredible...

 

The Manhunt for Arthur Ross Brown

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com Sheridan County (WY) sheriff Willard Marshall entered the Rex Hotel in Sheridan on September 1, 1955, to question a transient ex-convict regarding a recent...

 

When Sitting Bull Kicks Your Butt and the Perils of Oral History

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com Sometimes a story seems too good to be true, and history is often an inexact science. Because of this, using oral history is often like handling a lit fire...

 

One of the Blackest Crimes to Ever Disgrace Eastern Montana

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com One of the most sordid events in Montana history took place a few miles north of Ashland on November 4th in the year 1897. Two teens, Clemence “Winnie” Brown and his brother Clarence Brown were hauling...

 

The Medal of Honor earned on the Mizpah and Pumpkin Creek

By Shane Dunning www.redshalereflections.com The citation reads: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Tha...

 
 By Shane Dunning    News    August 27, 2020

The Fateful Ride of Charley Flory

On the early winter morning of January 16, 1927, Charley Flory got on his horse and left his homestead on Anderson Creek near Decker in Southeastern Big Horn County, Montana. He was headed to the hous...

 

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