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October 2018 Table of Contents

By HistoryNet Staff
7/27/2018 • Wild West Magazine

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Cover Story

GUNFIGHTS FAR FROM THE O.K. CORRAL
By Ron Soodalter
10 Old West shootouts to compare to the 1881 showdown in Tombstone

SING, COWBOY, SING!
By Douglas B. Green
From the saddle to the stage and on-screen, Western vocalists crafted a lasting musical style

SCALP HUNTER
By Paul Andrew Hutton
Frontiersman James Kirker traded with Apaches—and then he stalked them

MIDNIGHT IN OLD NEW MEXICO
By Erik J. Wright
‘Doc’ Donovan’s secret mission below the border was to rescue the new Arizona Territory governor

THE GANG’S ALL HERE
By Wesley Harris
Was an 1874 double stagecoach robbery in Louisiana the work of the James-Younger Gang?

LONG QUEST FOR REVENGE
By Chris Penn
Shackled, shot and left for dead, Eli Patten waited years to confront his assailants in court


On the Cover:
The gunplay is deadly serious and at extremely close range in N.C. Wyeth’s 1916 illustration Gunfight. Several actual Western gunfights played out like this one, including an 1871 shootout in a Newton, Kan., dance hall that left five dead and four wounded. (Denver Art Museum)

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DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

LETTERS

ROUNDUP

INTERVIEW
By Johnny D. Boggs
Spur-winner Joe Jackson writes about what Oglala Lakota visionary Black Elk spoke

WESTERNERS
Sundown rose to new heights at the 1916 Pendleton Roundup

GUNFIGHTERS AND LAWMEN
By Jay Warner
A witness to murder near Arizona Territory’s Roosevelt Dam was closer than he admitted

PIONEERS AND SETTLERS
By David McCormick
Dr. Willis King’s playful prose earned him a spot as the Mark Twain of Missouri medicine

WESTERN ENTERPRISE
By Chris Penn
Buffalo hide hunter and trader turned livery owner Charlie Meyers got rich in Durango, Colo.

ART OF THE WEST
By Johnny D. Boggs
Montana painter Colt Idol brands himself the “New Face of the Old West”

INDIAN LIFE
By Matt Vincent
Oglala Lakota Chief Whistler fell victim to “Wild Bill”—no, not that one

STYLE
Showcasing the great American West in art, film, fashion and more

COLLECTIONS
By Linda Wommack
Wyoming’s Gatchell Memorial Museum recalls the Johnson County War

GUNS OF THE WEST
By George Layman
Westerners were pumped up over the Winchester Model 1897 shotgun

GHOST TOWNS
By Les Kruger
Ophir, Utah, owes its existence to a brigadier general’s prospecting patrols

REVIEWS
Author Ron Soodalter targets books and movies about Wild West gunfighters. Plus reviews of recent books, including Robert M. Utley’s The Commanders: Civil War Generals Who Shaped the American West

GO WEST
Ladders point the way at New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument


ONLINE EXTRAS

HICKOK’S LAST GUNFIGHT
By Joseph G. Rosa
On the evening of Oct. 5, 1871, gambler–cum–saloon owner Phil Coe fired two errant shots at Wild Bill Hickok, who responded by firing at least three times, two of the bullets striking Coe in the stomach but the third slug accidentally hitting and killing Hickok’s friend Mike Williams. Hickok biographer Rosa delivers a riveting account.

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