Published: October 01, 2013 at 7:11 pm
In the 1846–47 Donner Party tragedy, 36 of the 81 emigrants trapped in the snow-covered Sierra Nevada died. More than half of the survivors likely ate human flesh to stay alive. What would you do in a similar predicament—resort to …
Published: October 01, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Minimalist Gary Ernest Smith maximizes the graphic potential of Billy the Kid's 1881 escape from New Mexico Territory's Lincoln County Courthouse.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 5:12 pm
In the December issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Custer "survivor" August Finckle/Frank Finkel, all-but-forgotten con man Soapy Smith and the disputed six-shooter in Wyatt Earp's hand that fateful day in Tombstone.
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: October 01, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Dennis McCown spent the better part of two decades in deep research to reveal the remarkable story of Helen Beulah Mrose and her ties to gunfighter turned lawyer John Wesley Hardin.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 1:02 pm
David Grassé profiles Commodore Perry Owens, the Tennessee-born Quaker and sometime cowboy turned seemingly fearless territorial enforcer.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:52 pm
In her award-winning book Nancy Plain introduces young readers to Solomon Butcher, photographer of the Nebraska plains pioneers.
Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Chris Enss introduces some of the bad women who kept the West wild right up into the 20th century.
Published: September 08, 2013 at 5:43 pm
How seven bumbling terrorists nearly failed to carry out the 1914 murder in Sarajevo that sparked a global conflict
Published: July 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Regarding the gunfight that broke out on October 26, 1881, near Tombstone's O.K. Corral: Do you see it as a battle between good and evil or a battle between two flawed frontier factions? Which set of brothers—the Earps, Clantons or …
Published: July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm
How much trouble he ever caused in Texas is debatable, and during his time in Colfax County, New Mexico Territory, Clay Allison mostly did his fighting for a cause
Published: July 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm
In his new book The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary, author Paul Lee Johnson examines the little-known McLaury side of the October 1881 gunfight near the O.K. Corral.
Published: July 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm
In the October issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Josephine Earp's true identity, Edgar Paxson's painting of Custer's Last Stand, ill-fated photographer Mark Kellogg's Little Bighorn assignment and Bighorn survivor Fred Gerard.
Published: July 30, 2013 at 11:58 am
In his award-winning biography of John B. Jones, author Rick Miller also paints a vivid picture of the Texas Rangers' heyday.
Published: July 30, 2013 at 11:49 am
In his new book American El Dorado, Ron Elliott exposes the infamous 1872 diamond hoax, keeping the facts straight while creating dialogue to flesh out the dupes and perpetrators.
Published: July 30, 2013 at 11:36 am
Andrew Isenberg presents compelling arguments about celebrated lawman Wyatt Earp's flawed character, but he falls short of proving his premise that Earp led a vigilante life.