December 2015 • Table of Contents

The December 2015 issue of Wild West features stories about Billy the Kid's deadly 1881 jailbreak from New Mexico's Lincoln County Courthouse, a portfolio of compelling portraits by Edward S. Curtis, the chance meeting of actor William S. Hart and outlaw Al Jennings, Western artists during the Civil War, the lawless heyday of frontier whiskey traders and the whole truth about the 1868 Cheyenne raids on Kansan homesteads
An 1880s advertisement by A. Bauer & Co. out of Chicago used this politically incorrect scenario of the Wild West to hawk its rectified whiskies.

Jug of Empire

Known by many colorful monikers, whiskey flowed unregulated and unrestrained across the frontier West
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Letter From Wild West – December 2015

The December cover story—"Billy the Kid's Final Escape," by Paul Andrew Hutton—relates the Kid's 1881 break from the Lincoln County Courthouse in Lincoln, New Mexico, a violent episode that left two lawmen dead
Greeves' colorful SunboyZ shoes, which depict a Kiowa superhero, reflect the original twist she puts on her traditional beadwork.

Teri Greeves

Kiowa artist Teri Greeves' beadwork puts a contemporary twist on a traditional craft, gaining her a worldwide audience
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December 2015 Readers’ Letters

In the December issue of Wild West readers share dispatches about detective extraordinaire Allan Pinkerton and director Anthony Mann's classic Western 'The Tall Target'

Book Review: Wanted

Robert Utley explores the bandit-hero legends of America's Billy the Kid and Australia's Ned Kelly and compares the criminal paths they pursued

Book Review: The Oregon Trail

Rinker Buck relates the history of the Oregon Trial informed by his own 2011 wagon trek along the route with brother Nick

Book Review: American Mythmaker

Mark Dworkin relates the real life of Walter Noble Burns, noted for his mythmaking books about Western historical figures

Movie Review: Power’s War

Cameron Trejo's engaging documentary details the causes, course and aftermath of Arizona's deadliest shootout

October 2015 • Table of Contents

The October 2015 issue of Wild West features stories about Geronimo's 1880s flight as a wanted Apache leader, the deadly history of Arizona–New Mexico's Doubtful Canyon, reports of ghost sightings on the 1864 Sand Creek (Colorado Territory) battlefield, the friendship of writer Francis Parkman and guide Henri Chatillon, and a profile of Tombstone (Arizona Territory) Justice of the Peace Wells Spicer
Larry Ball dug deep into archives and the existing literature to separate the truth from the myth about controversial frontier scout and Wyoming cattle detective Tom Horn.

Author Larry Ball

Larry Ball seeks the elusive truth about Tom Horn, the frontier packer/scout, sometime Pinkerton detective and infamous Wyoming stock detective
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October 2015 Readers’ Letters

In the October issue of Wild West readers share dispatches about the Apache Kid, the Cimmaron Kid and Marty Robbins' Arizona Ranger ballad "Big Iron"
Ufer was in his mid-40s when he painted Fantasies, a self-portrait in which he works while an Indian ghost watches and Mrs. Ufer reads.

Walter Ufer

Taos Society painter Walter Ufer blended artistic styles to capture the New Mexico landscape and its resident Indians in everyday pursuits