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A Colt Lightning for the Queen of the Pioneers

Carrie Adell Strahorn is known to history as “the Queen of the Pioneers.” As a young woman, she swore to her mother that she would never be a pioneer, but life is not without a sense of humor.

Adell and her husband traveled the West with the Union Pacific, establishing numerous towns, industrial buildings, homes, and more, making large leaps to developing vast swaths of the untamed frontier. This Colt Lightning carbine, in a rarely seen configuration, was a Christmas gift to Adell from her husband Robert in 1888. An atypical gift for a woman whose life defied the status quo.

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