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February 2019 Table of Contents

By HistoryNet Staff
11/24/2018 • Wild West Magazine

FEATURES

Cover Story

THE LEGENDARY, MYSTERIOUS KID
By Richard W. Etulain
Outlaw Billy the Kid’s much-scrutinized short life is rife with unanswered questions

NEVADA’S SILVER LINING
The silver stampede to the Comstock began a decade after the California Gold Rush

THE MANY WIVES OF NED BUNTLINE
By Julia Bricklin
The “Father of the Dime Novel” stretched the truth and seemingly scoffed at true love

THREE FLAGGED MASSACRES
By Gregory Michno
Those targeted at Sand Creek, a Chehaw village and Blue River all flew friendly flags

THE VESTAL MINER
By Terry Halden
Lady Luck deserted Nate Vestal in the Far West, but he hit pay dirt in Montana Territory

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE OL’ CHISHOLM TRAIL
By Wayne Ludwig
The route and very name of the cattle trail from Texas to Kansas have come into question


On the Cover: 
Billy the Kid was definitely right-handed, as borne out by the position of his holster in this only authenticated photo of him—a tintype flipped here to correct for the reversed image. Other aspects of the Kid’s life remain a mystery. (Richard Weddle Collection; colorization by Brian Walker)

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DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER 

LETTERS

ROUNDUP

INTERVIEW
By Johnny D. Boggs
Steve Friesen continues to track Buffalo Bill Cody in fact and fable

WESTERNERS
She could shoot like Annie Oakley, but who remembers Ada Brayfield?

GUNFIGHTERS AND LAWMEN
By Don Chaput
Most anything could trigger a shootout in the Old West

PIONEERS AND SETTLERS
By Ramon Vasconcellos
California was a free state, so why were slaves working its goldfields?

WESTERN ENTERPRISE
By Chuck Lyons
Bothersome blue pebbles in Montana’s Yugo Creek meant big money

ART OF THE WEST
By Johnny D. Boggs
Painter Albert Bierstadt’s landscapes were cinematic before cinema

INDIAN LIFE
By Lance Nixon
Thanks to the horse, Cheyennes dominated trading on the Plains

STYLE
Showcasing the great American West in art, film, fashion and more

COLLECTIONS
By Linda Wommack
Museumgoers want in to the Wyoming Territorial State Prison

GUNS OF THE WEST
By George Layman
It took John Mahlon Marlin to transform the Ballard single-shot rifle

GHOST TOWNS
By Les Kruger
Conway, N.D., grew up around a Great Northern grain-loading depot

REVIEWS
Author Richard Etulain tracks down books and movies about Billy the Kid. Plus, reviews of recent books, including two about the Chisholm Trail and one on the Comstock Lode, and a peek at the film The Sisters Brothers

GO WEST
Bison lovers keep coming to Denver’s trophy-winning Buckhorn Exchange

 

ONLINE EXTRAS

THE BANK CROWD AND SILVER KINGS
MADE A FORTUNE FROM THE COMSTOCK
By Chuck Lyons
“Firmly atop the winners’ list were John William Mackay, James Graham Fair, James Clair Flood and William S. O’Brien, known alternately as the ‘Silver Kings’ or ‘Bonanza Kings’ of the Comstock,” writes the author of the mining boom in Virginia City, Nev.

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