Published: October 01, 2013 at 7:11 pm
In the 1846–47 Donner Party tragedy, 36 of the 81 emigrants trapped in the snow-covered Sierra Nevada died. More than half of the survivors likely ate human flesh to stay alive. What would you do in a similar predicament—resort to …
Published: October 01, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Minimalist Gary Ernest Smith maximizes the graphic potential of Billy the Kid's 1881 escape from New Mexico Territory's Lincoln County Courthouse.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Arguments and tasteless wordplay aside, it was cannibalism that set apart the 1846–47 Donner Party as one of the worst tragedies on the 19th-century pioneer trail.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Texas lawmen had orders to transfer four of the Marlow brothers in chains, but all hell broke loose when vigilantes appeared—a standoff depicted in "The Sons of Katie Elder"
Published: October 01, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Dennis McCown spent the better part of two decades in deep research to reveal the remarkable story of Helen Beulah Mrose and her ties to gunfighter turned lawyer John Wesley Hardin.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 1:02 pm
David Grassé profiles Commodore Perry Owens, the Tennessee-born Quaker and sometime cowboy turned seemingly fearless territorial enforcer.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:52 pm
In her award-winning book Nancy Plain introduces young readers to Solomon Butcher, photographer of the Nebraska plains pioneers.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Chris Enss introduces some of the bad women who kept the West wild right up into the 20th century.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:25 pm
William S. Kiser examines the flawed policies of the U.S. military in its efforts to maintain peace between the Apache people and settlers in the mid-19th century.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Michael G. Johnson's provides a compact summation of the Southwest tribes in this latest title of Osprey's Men-at-Arms series.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 11:51 am
In this postmodern take on the classic TV series, director Gore Verbinski throws in everything and the kitchen sink but still shoots wide of any particular audience.
Published: August 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm
"First Generation" desert painter Clyde Forsythe captured the "Gunfight at O.K. Corral." It may just be the closest thing we have to an actual photograph of the event.
Published: July 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm
The October 2013 issue of Wild West features stories about Will McLaury of post-gunfight fame in Tombstone, the 1871 Camp Grant Massacre in Arizona Territory, mythologized gunman Clay Allison, the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 and the tall tale of the last major Comanche attack on Fort Worth, Texas.
Published: July 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Regarding the gunfight that broke out on October 26, 1881, near Tombstone's O.K. Corral: Do you see it as a battle between good and evil or a battle between two flawed frontier factions? Which set of brothers—the Earps, Clantons or …
Published: July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm
How much trouble he ever caused in Texas is debatable, and during his time in Colfax County, New Mexico Territory, Clay Allison mostly did his fighting for a cause
Published: July 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm
In his new book The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary, author Paul Lee Johnson examines the little-known McLaury side of the October 1881 gunfight near the O.K. Corral.