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Victorio's War

Robert M. Utley | Published: September 03, 2008 at 6:05 pm
For Apache chief Victorio, the decision to make war on the United States was a matter of rights and spirituality. Known as the "greatest Indian general" ever, he terrorized settlers and the army, surpassing Geronimo's feats and ferocity.

Latter-day Scoundrel Sam Brannan

Will Bagley | Published: August 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm
From his base in Gold Rush–era San Francisco, the onetime Mormon elder and newspaperman defied Brigham Young and flaunted his reputation for wickedness.

Double Trouble from Notorious Kids: Sundance and Curry

Donna B. Ernst | Published: June 01, 2008 at 7:44 pm
Both the Sundance Kid and Kid Curry robbed the same train, at different times and with very different results. The Great Northern Railway, near Malta, Montana is at the center of this story.

Custer's Last Stand Still Stands Up

Published: April 06, 2007 at 2:22 pm
The Battle of the Little Bighorn is like a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle on the south-central Montana landscape - the stuff of legend and historical gamesmanship.

Comanche Captives

Published: April 06, 2007 at 2:19 pm
Young Dot and Bianca Babb experienced the good and bad of life in native camps after being captured from their parents' Texas ranch by Comanches. An article by Gregory F. Michno in Wild West magazine.

Jesse James's Assassination and the Ford Boys

Published: March 08, 2007 at 3:59 pm
The house at 1318 Lafayette St. in St. Joseph, Missouri, was a one-story white wood cottage with green shutters, sitting in a lot on the brow of a hill overlooking the town. It was Monday, April 3, 1882, and over …

Dressed to Kill: The Guns Used by the Daltons at Coffeyville

Published: March 02, 2007 at 12:40 pm
The bungled double bank robbery attempt by the Dalton Gang in the brothers' old hometown of Coffeyville, Kansas, on October 5, 1892, left eight men dead and four wounded. The saga of that holdup attempt would have been Keystone Kops …

Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Posse

Published: January 29, 2007 at 2:54 pm
At about 11:30 p.m. on December 28, 1881, some two months after the so-called Gunfight at the O.K. Corral had rocked Tombstone, assassins opened fire on City Police Chief Virgil Earp outside the Oriental Saloon in that same divided community. …

The Hunting of Billy the Kid

Published: December 15, 2006 at 4:15 pm
A rugged bunch of Texas cowboys pursued the stock-stealing Kid; some of them helped Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett capture him.By Frederick Nolan

Billy the Kid and the U.S. Marshals Service

Published: December 07, 2006 at 10:54 am
Deputy U.S. marshals served on both sides during the Lincoln County War, and for a short time, in February 1878, William Bonney served as a federally deputized posseman.By David S. Turk

The James-Younger Gang and their Circle of Friends

Published: October 19, 2006 at 9:36 am
During their outlaw careers, the James brothers and the Younger brothers dealt in fine-blooded stock, raced thoroughbreds and rode beautiful American Saddlebreds. All were expert horsemen, always paying careful attention to their animals, which were essential tools of their 'business.' …

Charlie Russell's Last Legacy

Lee A. Silva and Susan Silva | Published: October 18, 2006 at 4:19 pm
Before his heart gave out in 1926, famed Western artist Charles Marion Russell completed two incredible murals that provide a panoramic vision of the West.

Blood Feud in the Kern River Country

Published: October 18, 2006 at 4:18 pm
A dispute over a gold mining claim in the lower Sierra Nevada involved three sets of brothers and led to four deaths and one sensational murder trial. By Harold L. Edwards

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: Did Tom McLaury Have a Gun

Published: September 05, 2006 at 4:59 pm
One of the most candidly understated descriptions of a funeral in the history of the Old West was written by Arizona historian Opie Rundle Burgess in her 1967 book Bisbee, Not So Long Ago, when she recorded her mother's …

Spitting Lead in Leadville: Doc Holliday's Last Stand

Published: August 14, 2006 at 4:19 pm
Although his glory years in Tombstone were behind him, down-on-his-luck Doc Holliday delivered a parting shot or two in Colorado.By Roger Jay

O.K. Corral: A Gunfight Shrouded in Mystery

Published: August 14, 2006 at 4:17 pm
Cowboy Billy Clanton still lay dying, his face contorted with pain, when the press began the difficult task of piecing together the details of an October 1881 street battle in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. In later years it would become known …
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