In Nevada, somewhere in between Las Vegas and Prim is a little one horse town called Jean, Nevada. It was originally named Goodsprings Junction. However, it went through a name change in 1905 when George Arthur Fayle renamed it Jean, in honor of his dear wife.
No one really lives in Jean, but it is the home of the Gold Strike Hotel and the site of the Gold Strike Invitational Gunfight Competition and Slot Tournament. This was a fun-filled weekend of cow folk doing what they do best: bringing Wild West history to the present and showing spectators that the cowboy way of life is still alive and well in Jean, Nevada.
Most of the live action started pretty early in the morning (8 a.m.). That is the way of the cowboy and getting up early to tend to the duties of the ranch is common place. However, this weekend the only thing this group of cowpokes had to do was to make sure they shot straight and kept their history straight.
Take a look at some of the photos TheReenactors.com shot at this event and you should also stay tuned for our video story of this event.
-written by Will Roberts, TheReenactors.com historical news team's Editor- at Large and Head-Roper