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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


The Will of McLaury

Paul Lee Johnson | Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm
‘It was as cold-blooded and foul a murder as has been recorded,’ Texas lawyer Will McLaury wrote after brothers Tom and Frank fell in the gunfight near the O.K. Corral

Book Review: Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen, by Sandra K. Sagala

David Lauterborn | Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm
Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen: The Films of William F. Cody, by Sandra K. Sagala, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2013, $24.95 William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody—Pony Express rider, Army scout, buffalo hunter, Wild West showman and…film star? …

Book Review: A Lawless Breed, by Chuck Parsons and Norman Wayne Brown

Jon Guttman | Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm
A Lawless Breed: John Wesley Hardin, Texas Reconstruction, and Violence in the Wild West, by Chuck Parsons and Norman Wayne Brown, University of North Texas Press, Denton, 2013, $29.95 The first time I heard the irresistibly catchy tune and …

Book Review: Doc Holliday in Film and Literature, by Shirley Ayn Linder

Editor | Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm
Doc Holliday in Film and Literature, by Shirley Ayn Linder, McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C., 2014, $40 "Doc Holliday spent most of his life dying"—that's the fine first line of the introduction to a book that will interest Georgians, …

Book Review: Roadside History of Illinois, by Stan Banash

Editor | Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm
Roadside History of Illinois, by Stan Banash, Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Mont., 2013, $20 OK, so Illinois is not in the West as we now know it, but this book (illustrated with 120 black-and-white photos) is loaded with …

Book Review: The Red and the White, by Andrew R. Graybill

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: July 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm
The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West, by Andrew R. Graybill, Liveright, New York, 2013, $28.95 On the bitterly cold dawn of January 23, 1870, Major Eugene Baker and his 2nd U.S. Cavalry command …

Book Review: Two Winters in a Tipi, by Mark Warren

Lee Silva | Published: July 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest, by Mark Warren, Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., 2012, $15.95 As enticing looking as the cover of this book is, an …

Book Review: Southern Arizona Cemeteries, by Jane Eppinga

Editor | Published: July 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm
Southern Arizona Cemeteries, by Jane Eppinga, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S.C., 2014, $21.99 One can get a taste of pioneer life by visiting the grave sites of settlers. When it comes to the pioneer past in her favorite state, Arizona …

Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West, by Universal Pictures

Louis Lalire | Published: July 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm
A Million Ways to Die in the West, distributed by Universal Pictures, 116 minutes, Rated R, 2014 This Western spoof does not show us a million ways to die on the 19th-century frontier, but it shows us enough—gunfire, poison, disease, …

Taos Mutiny of 1855

Will and John Gorenfeld | Published: July 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm
The heated street brawl against stiff-necked Major George Blake, pictured at right, led to the disintegration of Company F, 1st U.S. Dragoons, in New Mexico Territory

Interview With Author Andrew Graybill

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: July 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm
Andrew Graybill’s book "The Red and the White" chronicles a Montana Territory massacre and its ties to longstanding interracial marriage.

Letter From Wild West—October 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: July 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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.

Bob Boze Bell Seeks the Truth in Earp and Other Westerners

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: July 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Bob Boze Bell has been drawing cowboys and gunfighters since boyhood.

Special 'Tombstone at Twilight' Event to Honor US Military, Past and Present

Media Release | Published: June 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm
"Tombstone by Twilight" on June 28, 2014, will be a patriotic salute to our military, past and present, including special guests Major General Robert P. Ashley and Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix.

2014 Spur Award: The Other James Brother

Mark Lee Gardner | Published: June 05, 2014 at 11:48 am
Forever in brother Jesse’s long shadow, Frank James may have been the more cunning and cold-blooded of the pair, as revealed in this Spur Award–winning feature

2014 Spur Finalist: Donner Party Cannibalism

Kristin Johnson | Published: June 05, 2014 at 11:17 am
Did they or didn't they? The recent notion that America’s most infamous instance of humans eating humans is a myth does not stand up to scrutiny
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