May 18, 2023
Stuart Rosebrook found this fine photo to go with our fall coverage of northern cowboys.
Two people on Facebook commented they thought the guy standing looks like a younger BBB? Sorry, close, but no cigar.
BBB Road Trip Rules
A week ago I was packing for my Jesse James Road Trip and when I got home I realized what makes a great road tip. Here are my road trip criteria.
• Stop at every cemetery and museum
• For meals, no chains, eat local
• Smell the rain, feel the humidity
• Be open for happy accidents. Then ask the tough questions.
My Proposed Dedication
This book is dedicated to Mark Lee Gardner, who showed me the true heart of Jesse James country.
"Is it a bigger crime to rob a bank or to open one?"
My intrepid researcher Gay Mathis found these 1897 quotes from Frank James on the two pistol question:
"Each guerrilla carried two to four pistols. I nearly always carried two. I was small and slender and more than that number was too many for me."
"The stories about guerrillas riding with the reins of the horses between their teeth and firing with pistols in both hands is simply dime novel stuff."
"We always held our horses with one hand and the pistol with another."