Ever hear of the Braxton County Monster? Maybe the Flatwoods Monster or Green Monster? If not you should have been around in 1952. It made headlines all over the US at a time when Cold War tensions were high and alien encounters were rare. This shirt features a rendering of the original 1952 police sketch of the monster based on, eye whiteness, Kathleen May's description. This shirt was designed by the lifelong central West Virginia native, Andrew Smith, who has lived in Braxton County for the majority of his life. So get your Braxton County Monster shirt right here from a devoted Braxton County resident. I have several design versions available, but this one is the most subtle and mysterious. It features the original drawing with an overlay of a road map of the surrounding area where the sighting took place. The only real hint to anyone not in-the-know is that Flatwoods can be read in the map. Otherwise this one will likely be a head scratcher. It's my personal favorite version of this concept as well. For more information on the monster visit: http://www.braxtonwv.org/monster Thanks for looking!
Tags: history, appalachia, appalachian, wv, by-god
A cowgirl is the female equivalent of a cowboy.The history of women in the west, and women who worked on cattle ranches in particular, is not as well documented as that of men. However, institutions such as the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame have made significant efforts in recent years to gather and document the contributions of women. There are few records mentioning girls or women working to drive cattle up the cattle trails of the Old West. However women did considerable ranch work, and in some cases (especially when the men went to war or on long cattle drives) ran them. There is little doubt that women, particularly the wives and daughters of men who owned small ranches and could not afford to hire large numbers of outside laborers, worked side by side with men and thus needed to ride horses and be able to perform related tasks. The largely undocumented contributions of women to the west were acknowledged in law; the western states led the United States in granting women the right to vote, beginning with Wyoming in 1869. Early photographers such as Evelyn Cameron documented the life of working ranch women and cowgirls during the late 19th and early 20th century.
Tags: spurs, time, race, racing, barrel