Today’s post is a short but true story, sent to me by a CAA member named Lynne …

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“My grandfather used to tell me about taking the payroll out to the mines in a bag hooked to the saddle while carrying a shotgun in his free hand.
 
“He said that with time they got more sophisticated and that he and one of his people would drive a Buckboard out to the mines. The driver carried the shotgun, and my grandfather carried a rifle. 
 
“But the Wild West wasn’t always the West: this was twentieth-century Fayette County, Pennsylvania, probably before 1915. We have no surviving pictures, unfortunately.”