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Latter-day Scoundrel Sam Brannan

From his base in Gold Rush–era San Francisco, the onetime Mormon elder and newspaperman defied Brigham Young and flaunted his reputation for wickedness.
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Custer’s Last Stand Still Stands Up

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.
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Comanche Captives

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.
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Jesse James’s Assassination and the Ford Boys

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...
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Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Posse

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...
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The Hunting of Billy the Kid

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
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Billy the Kid and the U.S. Marshals Service

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

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The James-Younger Gang and their Circle of Friends

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...
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Charlie Russell’s Last Legacy

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.
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Blood Feud in the Kern River Country

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

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O.K. Corral: A Gunfight Shrouded in Mystery

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...