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Chronicle of the Old West presents...

"Women of the Old West" CD

This CD contains stories of fifteen frontier women. Some are well known. Others you’ve never heard about. One, we don’t even know her first name. But each is a hero in her own right, and well worth our learning more about.

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If you would like to hear a sample story from "Women of the Old West"......

Click HERE to listen to "Larcena Page."

[$11.45 - USA]
[$13.95 - FOREIGN]

Stories included on the CD:

Calamity Jane - The Legend
Prisoners vs the Warden’s Wife
The First PR Campaign
So, That’s Why He Limped!
Kidnapped Twice
Poker Was Her Name
Women Grew Mustaches Also!
The First Feminist
A “Bandit Queen”?
She Was Strong, but Not Silent
How to Play to The Press
Rags-to-riches and Riches-to-rags
One Classy Woman

Women of the Old West

[$11.45 - USA]
[$13.95 - FOREIGN]

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As publisher of Chronicle of the Old West the newspaper and host of two syndicated radio shows of the same name, I’ve always been intrigued with the roll women played in taming the west. That’s right, it was women who tamed the west. Although tradition says Samuel Colt’s 45 tamed the west. It wasn’t a pistol it was a petticoat.

The earliest pioneers, the 49’ers seeking gold and those coming out west seeking a new life following the Civil War were normally single men, or men who left their families back east while seeking their fortune.

Of every nine men, there was only one woman who went to California. Colorado’s 1860 census showed 32,654 men and only 1,577 women. Towns were built around the needs and desires of men. There were saloons, general stores, saloons, land offices, saloons and a hotel or two for the men to go when they weren’t working or at the saloons.

When a boomtown started up any women who showed up there were usually single. They arrived right behind the opening of the saloons. The women worked in the saloons dancing with the men, whether they were cowboys, miners or railroad workers. The women were normally of two types: Soiled Doves who shilled drinks and enticed the men into a small room, and those who simply danced with men for 25 cents a dance. In either case, the women shared the revenue with the proprietor of the saloon.

As these women got married and families started coming west, the look of the frontier town started changing. Schools and churches were built. Men started going home in the evenings instead of the saloon. Moss-filled mattresses and buffalo robes were exchanged for feather beds. Curtains started decorating the windows of homes, and carpenters started building furniture instead of caskets. Laws were passed to control public drunkenness, and carrying guns in town. In other words, the West became tame.

But the woman’s life in the Old West wasn’t an easy one. The relocation to the west and starting a new life was an opportune time for a man. It was usually when he was young and strong. But for the woman it was during the worst time of her life cycle, when she was bearing and caring for children. And of the women who agreed to go west, few did it with enthusiasm.

Often romance and courting was as scarce as women. In Oregon, a single man could get 320 acres. If he were married, he could get 640 acres. The story is told of a single man who went to a family with several daughters, and on the spot proposed to each daughter. Interestingly, one of the daughters accepted saying, “Sure, I’ll marry you; a farm like that looks good to me and so do you.”

This CD contains stories of fifteen frontier women. Some are well known. Others you’ve never heard about. One, we don’t even know her first name. But each is a hero in her own right, and well worth our learning more about.

If you'd prefer to order "Women of the Old West" CD by mail, simply make your check or money order payable to "Chronicle of the Old West" for $11.45 (USA) or $13.95 (FOREIGN) and send it along with your contact information to:

Chronicle of the Old West
PO Box 2859
Show Low, Arizona Territory 85902


If you would prefer ordering "Women of the Old West" CD by phone, our contact number is:

(928) 532-2875