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Twenty-Four Hours With Ike Clanton

All-night card games were hardly unusual at the Occidental Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. But the game that broke up at 7 o'clock on the morning of October 26, 1881, was one the players would never...
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Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle

Although usually portrayed as a man of peace, Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle may have been an ineffective leader at best.

By Gregory Michno

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The Real Men of Deadwood

The 1870s Western mining town was chock-full of rough-and-tumble characters, many of whom -- like Wild Bill Hickok and Al Swearengen -- reappear in fine fettle on the hit HBO television series Deadwood.

By Mary Franz

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Spirit Lake Massacre

With most of her family and neighbors at the northern Iowa settlement wiped out, Abbie Gardner clung to life at the mercy of Dakota Chief Inkpaduta and his unremorseful band.
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Sioux Chief Gall

Soldiers gave the Hunkpapa leader his nickname because he was a dashing warrior who effectively teamed up with Sitting Bull in the 1870s. But after his surrender in 1881, Gall stood up for cooperation and peace at Standing Rock.
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Revolt of the Métis

In 1885, Canadian troops had to deal with a bloody uprising that had barely been averted in 1870. Its leader was once more Louis Riel, but the man to worry about was Gabriel Dumont.
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The Pony Express: Riders of Destiny

The Pony Express only operated for about 18 months, but the picture-perfect enterprise captured the imagination of a nation and has grown larger than life through the years.
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Soapy Smith: Con Man’s Empire

A master of graft, Soapy Smith lived by his charm, his wits and, when all else failed, his gun. It was to be by the latter than he would make his final stand.
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Trail of Black Hawk

Outnumbered and harried through trackless swamps, Black Hawk's starving band of Sauk and Fox Indians made a desperate stand along the Mississippi.
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Estanislao: Rebellious Indian Warrior

Named after a Polish saint, Estanislao became an Indian official with a mission--flee Mission San Jose and lead one of the largest Indian forces ever to fight against whites in California.
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Maurice Barrymore: An English Actor in the Wild West

After presenting the drama Diplomacy in Marshall, Texas, English actor Maurice Barrymore got a real taste of the wild west when he and two other cast members found themselves in deadly company--a hard-drinking hard case named Big Jim Currie.