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February 5, 1916 Alfred Masters, the first African American to serve in the United States Marines, was born in Palestine, Texas. Masters was sworn into the marines June 1, 1942.

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LIFE With Postwar Teens: Photos of Fads From Around the U.S. in 1948

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Oklahoma Attractions: Pioneers and Prairie Song Living Museum

In Oklahoma, as throughout the "wild west", storefronts like these were built up in pioneer towns.

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Bill Tilghman was one of the most famous Lawmen of the Old West, but he didn't start out that way, as in his early days he was arrested for theft, but he was appointed city Marshal of Dodge, in 1884 and wore a badge made of two $20 gold pieces. Tilghman was involved in the capture of Jennie "Little Britches" Stevens, and Cattle Annie McDougal near Pawnee Oklahoma in 1894.

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Tom Mix (Jan 6, 1880 – Oct 12, 1940)..In 1905, Mix rode in Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural parade led by Seth Bullock with a group of 50 horsemen, which included several former Rough Riders. Mix found employment at the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch, which covered 101,000 acres. The ranch had its own touring Wild West show in which Mix appeared. He stood out as a skilled horseman & expert shot, winning national riding and roping contests at Prescott, Arizona in 1909, and Canon City, Colorado in…

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Signing autographs for some fans before boarding his plane in Oklahoma City, OK enroute to Terre Haute, IN on July 9, 1975

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