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April 2016 Table of Contents

By HistoryNet Staff
2/25/2016 • Wild West Magazine

FEATURES

Cover Story

FRANK HAMER’S DEL RIO DEBUT
By John Boessenecker
Long before he stopped Bonnie and Clyde cold, the young Texas Ranger faced murderous schemer Ed Putnam

THE GREAT WESTERN FLOOD
By Chuck Lyons
The rain started to fall on California in November 1861—and it fell and fell and fell, turning the Central Valley into an inland sea

LOGAN’S RUN
By Jackie Boor
Sheriff Tom Logan served three tough terms before dying in the line of duty—on the steps of a brothel

COWBOY LIFE IN THE CARDS
By Dave Lauterborn
Hands that threw lariats, branded cattle and tamed the West also held these tobacco cards depicting their lives

CHRISTMAS IN COMANCHE COUNTRY
By John Flood
The Dec. 25, 1868, Battle of Soldier Spring was no gift, as soldiers faced both Comanches and Kiowas


On the Cover:
Baby-faced Texas Ranger Frank Hamer poses with his Winchester Model 1894 saddle ring carbine the day after his 1906 gunfight with Ed Putnam in Del Rio, Texas. (John Boessenecker Collection)


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DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

LETTERS

ROUNDUP

INTERVIEW
By Candy Mouton
Author Richard Etulain twice captures Calamity Jane

WESTERNERS
From Minnesota to New Mexico Territory with love

GUNFIGHTERS AND LAWMEN
By R. Michael Wilson
The Gordon brothers pulled off a California train robbery using two rope ladders

PIONEERS AND SETTLERS
By David McCormick
The two revered Oregonians who rode to Lexington to warn of an approaching flood

WESTERN ENTERPRISE
By Ramon Vasconcellos
Barney Ford rose from slavery in Virginia to own “the aristocratic hostelry of Denver”

ART OF THE WEST
By Johnny D. Boggs
Painter John Mix Stanley belongs in the mix of top 19th-century Western artists

INDIAN LIFE
By David McCormick
Bruneau John risked all to warn Idaho settlers of a coming raid by fellow Bannocks

COLLECTIONS
By Linda Wommack
Gold shares the headlines with journalist Lowell Thomas at this Victor, Colo., museum

GHOST TOWNS
By Les Kruger
Zinc brought slow, steady growth to Rush, the best-preserved mining town in Arkansas

GUNS OF THE WEST
By George Layman
Whitneys weren’t the lever-action repeaters that “won the West,” but they had their day

REVIEWS
Frank Hamer biographer John Bossenecker tracks the Texas Ranger in print and on-screen, and we review recent books

GO WEST
Life was always a cliff-hanger at Mesa Verde, Colo.

 

ONLINE EXTRAS

BOOK REVIEW: THE LIFE AND LEGENDS OF CALAMITY JANE
It might not provide all you want to know about the colorful Western character, but Richard Etulain’s book delivers most everything known about Calamity.

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