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    Wild West Discussion – February 2014

    Badge wearers in the Wild West sometimes spent time on the wrong side of the law. Whom do you consider the quintessential two-faced lawman—“Mysterious Dave” Mather, Henry Newton Brown, Henry Plummer, Wyatt Earp, Burton Alvord,...

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    Wild West Discussion – December 2013

    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...

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    Wild West Discussion – October 2013

    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...

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    Wild West Discussion – June 2013

    It is common knowledge that Lt. Col. George Custer and all the men of his immediate command perished during the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Still, some people, uncommon or not, believe there was a survivor, most likely one named Frank...

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    Wild West Discussion – April 2013

    Old-time cowhand turned author Edward C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott wrote that drovers on the long trails north would “follow their wagon boss through hell and never complain.” On the classic TV Western Rawhide cowhands did their share of...

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    Wild West Discussion – February 2013

    Geronimo was a shaman as well as a war leader and perhaps the most famous of all American Indians, yet Apache authority Edwin Sweeney places him only No. 10 in his rankings of the most important Chiricahua Apaches of the 19th century....

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    Wild West Discussion – December 2012

    How do you feel about vigilante (read “mob”) action in the Wild West? Was it ever justified? Specifically, was it justified in the case of Jim Miller, aka “Killin’ Jim” and “Deacon Jim”? Miller had gotten away with murder one...

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    Wild West Discussion – October 2012

    How do you feel about vigilante (read “mob”) action in the Wild West? Was it ever justified? Specifically, was it justified in the case of Jim Miller, aka “Killin’ Jim” and “Deacon Jim”? Miller had gotten away with murder one...

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    Wild West Discussion – August 2012

    There is only one authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid, although other alleged shots of the infamous outlaw have turned up from time to time. Do you believe another photo of the Kid exists? If one did, what episode of Billy’s life...

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    Wild West Discussion – June 2012

    The Bloody Benders of Kansas were reputedly the worst serial killers of the Old West. Does anyone else on the frontier even come close? Note: The Benders sure enough killed many unwary travelers, but greed seemed their principal motive....

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    Wild West Discussion – April 2012

    Whom do you consider the most significant Lakota (Sioux) of the Old West: Sitting Bull, a warrior turned spiritual leader and Little Bighorn participant; Crazy Horse, another Little Bighorn participant and a relentless warrior in other...

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    Wild West Discussion – February 2012

    The U.S. government passed the Homestead Act 150 years ago to prompt Americans to settle the Great Plains. Would you have jumped at the chance to claim your own “free” land in a remote, difficult environment where Indian attacks were...

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    Wild West Discussion – December 2011

    How do you rate the performance of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer at the November 27, 1868, Battle of the Washita (near present-day Cheyenne, Okla.), including the way he handled the loss of Major Joel Elliott and his small party of...

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    Wild West Discussion – October 2011

    A slew of Old West gunfighters were born or later made their mark in Texas. How would you compare the Lone Star State to Arizona Territory, New Mexico Territory, Missouri, California and the rest of the Western frontier with regard to the...