Pinkerton, then and now, kept an ever-watchful eye on criminal activity in the East and out West — but the detective agency just couldn't seem to get a handle on the James-Younger Gang.
Most Western history buffs are familiar with the role of the Sioux, Cheyennes and even Crows at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. But who knew about the Arikaras?
Were stagecoach attacks by Indians the stuff of Hollywood drama? No, says Indian wars historian Gregory Michno, who relates several such attacks in the April 2015 issue
When longtime Wild West contributor Lee Silva died in August 2014, he left a big hole in the Wyatt Earp research field — and in this editor's heart
Unlike the contentious fights at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek, the 1870 Marias Massacre was an egregious massacre of Piegan Indians that is little remembered today.
In his October cover story Roger Jay argues that Josephine Sarah “Sadie” Marcus Earp (Wyatt’s lifelong love) and prostitute Sadie Mansfield were one in the same person.
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.
Present-day rendezvous of hardy men—and women and children—pay homage to the mountain men of the 1830s.
Certain Indian leaders, chief among them Joseph of the Nez Perce, were eloquent speakers, though their actual words were sometimes lost in translation.
Women, particularly mothers, did much of the taming out West and most of the civilizing that followed.
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.
Authors Paul Lee Johnson and Scott Dyke, and Wild West History Association President Pam Potter, consider the McLaurys' and Clantons' roles in the 1881 gunfight near the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz.
Jesse James and older brother, Frank, were both notorious, but who was the meaner of the two?
Our 25th Anniversary! Wild West has been informing and entertaining readers with true tales and images of the Old West since June 1988.
Con man Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II stirred up trouble on the frontier and still sparks controversy today.
Most Americans have heard the name Geronimo, but few know about the Apache warrior's reputation as a healer.