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Wild West


True history, lore & culture of the great American frontier from its beginnings to today. America’s western frontier has been a vital part of the country’s myths and reality, from the earliest exploration beyond the territory of the first colonies, to the wide expanses of the western prairies and deserts. Wild West brings to life the fascinating history, lore and culture of the great American frontier.

Wild West


Bush Knob Massacre: ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’

R.K. DeArment | Published: May 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm
Texas cowboy John Larn, the head of a civilian-military posse in late 1873, had reportedly said these words many times—and their truth played out in the Bush Knob Massacre

Book Review: Cheyenne War, by Jeff Broome

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm
Author Jeff Broome takes a fresh look at a series of well-known Indian wars clashes he collectively refers to as the "Cheyenne War."

Book Review: Some Gave All, by J.R. Sanders

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm
Author J.R. Sanders relates the forgotten lives and violent times of 10 Old West lawmen who died in the line of duty.

Book Review: Chasing the Santa Fe Ring, by David L. Caffey

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm
Author David Caffey traces the political and economic activities of New Mexico's shadowy, well-connected Santa Fe Ring even as he questions its very existence as an organized entity.

DVD Review: Nichols, by Warner Archive Collection

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm
This short-lived series featured James Garner as Sheriff Nichols, an "independent thinker" who patrolled small-town Arizona by motorcycle in 1914.

DVD Review: Sweetwater, by Kickstart Productions and Arc Entertainment

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm
A few memorable scenes aside, Sweetwater will leave Western film buffs thirsting for better scripts.

Letter From Wild West - August 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: May 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm
In 1864 Major Edward W. "Ned" Wynkoop, acting without orders, sought peace with Cheyennes in western Kansas. But his good intentions ultimately led to unintended bad consequences.

Book Review: Mrs. Earp, by Sherry Monahan

Lee Silva | Published: May 02, 2014 at 10:30 am
Mrs. Earp: The Wives and Lovers of the Earp Brothers, by Sherry Monahan, TwoDot, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., and Helena, Mont., 2013, $16.95 When I started my Wyatt Earp research in 1988, I was more …

Book Review: Tombstone’s ‘Buckskin Frank,’ by Ben T. Traywick

Published: April 02, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Tombstone's 'Buckskin Frank': Nashville Franklyn Leslie, by Ben T. Traywick, Red Marie's, Tombstone, Ariz., 2013, $12.50 The subhead of this new and greatly expanded version of a 1985 book by Ben Traywick, former town historian of Tombstone, Arizona, sounds …

Interview With Historiographer Don Bullis

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: April 02, 2014 at 2:32 pm
Bullis’ books cover everything New Mexico—from famous figures to unsolved murders.

Letter from Wild West—June 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: April 02, 2014 at 2:31 pm
Present-day rendezvous of hardy men—and women and children—pay homage to the mountain men of the 1830s.

John Coleman - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: April 02, 2014 at 2:31 pm
The Prescott, Ariz., artist has captured Sitting Bull, Gall and Crazy Horse in his sculpture, "1876."

The 'Tonto' of Indian Territory

Art T. Burton | Published: April 02, 2014 at 2:08 pm
Though he remained in Marshal Bass Reeves’ shadow, Creek freedman and Deputy U.S. Marshal Grant Johnson fearlessly enforced the law in a most dangerous land

2014 Wrangler: Coyote, An American Original

Dan Flores | Published: April 02, 2014 at 11:39 am
This 'Western' animal confused Lewis and Clark when they 'discovered' it in 1804 and called it the prairie wolf—but the coyote has been around for ages and roams nationwide

Wild West - April 2014 - Table of Contents

Published: February 01, 2014 at 1:45 pm
The April 2014 issue of Wild West features stories about Chief Joseph's lifelong fight to return to the Nez Perce homeland of Oregon's Wallowa Valley, back-to-back stagecoach robberies on the road to Yosemite, the undoing of New Mexico's rustler king John Kinney, horse thief and murderer Persimmon Bill Chambers reign of terror on the Black Hills Road, and the entwined fates of Sioux captive Fanny Kelly and besieged emigrants at Fort Dilts on the Dakota plains.

Wild West Discussion - April 2014

Published: February 01, 2014 at 1:39 pm
Chief Joseph might be overrated as a war chief but not as a headman for his people, the Nez Perces. In what order would you rate the following Indian leaders overall (in war and peace): Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Red …
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