Wild West Editorial
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.
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.
Published: January 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm
Certain Indian leaders, chief among them Joseph of the Nez Perce, were eloquent speakers, though their actual words were sometimes lost in translation.
Published: November 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Women, particularly mothers, did much of the taming out West and most of the civilizing that followed.
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: July 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm
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.
Published: May 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm
Jesse James and older brother, Frank, were both notorious, but who was the meaner of the two?
Published: March 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Our 25th Anniversary! Wild West has been informing and entertaining readers with true tales and images of the Old West since June 1988.
Published: January 31, 2013 at 5:39 pm
Con man Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II stirred up trouble on the frontier and still sparks controversy today.
Published: November 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Most Americans have heard the name Geronimo, but few know about the Apache warrior's reputation as a healer.
Published: October 02, 2012 at 11:39 am
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday had a friendship as famed as their 1881 fight with the Cowboys in Tombstone.
Published: August 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm
"Killin' Jim" Miller may have been the deadliest gun for hire in the West - that is, until the good citizens of Ada, Oklahoma, put a permanent end to his bad ways.
Published: May 31, 2012 at 9:27 am
The only known image of Billy the Kid, a tintype that recently sold at auction for $2.3 million, leaves us wondering, What if there are more images of the Kid out there?
Published: March 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm
The 19-century Wild West was notorious for its violence, but would any of its cold-blooded man-killers meet the modern definition of a serial killer?
Published: February 05, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Red Cloud often gets third billing—behind Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse—in the annals of Sioux history, but that is selling short his historic contributions, says R. Eli Paul, editor of the great chief's autobiography
Published: December 01, 2011 at 5:57 pm
In 2012 Americans will mark the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act, while New Mexicans and Arizonans throw their respective 100th birthday parties.