|Col. Nichols was shot by John Younger in this store in Scyene, TX December 25, 1869|
Between Dallas & Mesquite
her peeling paint a backdrop
for mockingbirds, wildflowers
and a lone church upon the hill -
all belying rambunctious days
when whiskey was water
and raising hell
made grave-diggers rich
and a law-man dead
for disturbing a Younger
Railroads and "respectability"
doomed this six-shooter's town
to faded folklore & history.
by Margaret Bednar, August 29, 2013
This is for Friday Flash 55. (If one counts the hyphenated words as one and excuses the "&'s" it is 55 words....
The town of Scyene, TX was a true old-west lawless town from 1863-1873. The above poem is inspired by the Dallas Daily Times Herald, June 21, 1903, pg. 17, col. 1-4. If you click over, be sure to scan down to read the article "A Frightful Tragedy in the History of Old Scyene".
The article above mentions a woman by the name of Bell Starr (Myra Shirley) and I did a bit of investigating about her. She had three out-law husbands, and depending upon who you believe, a love child with notorious outlaw Cole Younger. She was a woman with a gun on her hip and a love for fast horses. HERE is a link to where she lived and was murdered (shot in the back while riding a horse).
There are two "highly romanticized" movies out there about Belle Starr, one stars Gene Tierney, another stars Elizabeth Montgomery (Remember the sitcom Be-witch?).
Another fascinating link I have not had a chance to thoroughly read yet is a book written by "outlaw" Cole Younger himself in 1903! (He rode with Jessie James and his outlaw brother, John Younger, is the man I reference in the poem above). It is an E-Book (click link) and is fun to look through if not for the old photos themselves.
(Thanks "Run-A-Round Ranch" for the idea for this post)
Below is a google map image of what is left to reference the old town: Scyene Rd, Dallas, Texas.
|Scyene, Texas, truly lost to history - swallowed up by Dallas, Texas|
copied from Texas State Historical Association: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvs48
SCYENE, TEXAS. Scyene, now surrounded by Dallas, was at St. Augustine and Scyene roads in east central Dallas County. The community, originally called Prairie Creek and Thorpville, acquired its present name in 1854 when it established a post office. An early resident, James Beeman, originally proposed the name White Rock, but the state rejected this suggestion because several existing towns used the name. He then suggested Seine, as unlikely to be duplicated by other towns. His neighbors, however, did not trust his spelling and instead submitted their version, Sceyne, which somehow was altered to the present spelling. Scyene was the haunt of Kansas-Missouri border ruffians such as Myra Shirley (Belle) Starrqv, who moved there in 1864, Cole and Bob Younger, and Jessie and Frank James. Before the Texas and Pacific Railway bypassed the town in 1873, Scyene had a population of nearly 300, six saloons, a school, a church, a Masonic Lodge, and twenty-six businesses, which included a wagon factory. It had fifty residents and two businesses in 1940. From 1950 through 1980 Scyene was reported to have a population of 155 and two businesses.