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Wyatt Earp's First Star

Published: August 14, 2006 at 2:07 pm
Young Wyatt Earp wears his badges well. Learn more about the photo's history and provenance.

Twenty-Four Hours With Ike Clanton

Published: August 14, 2006 at 1:55 pm
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 forget — nor would …

Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle

Published: July 25, 2006 at 11:04 am
Although usually portrayed as a man of peace, Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle may have been an ineffective leader at best.By Gregory Michno

General Nelson Miles and the Expedition to Capture Geronimo

Published: July 25, 2006 at 11:01 am
General Nelson Miles summoned Lieutenant Charles Gatewood to Albuquerque in July 1886 and ordered the reluctant veteran of the Apache wars to go find the elusive Chiricahua leader down in the mountains of Mexico.By Louis Kraft

The Real Men of Deadwood

Published: July 25, 2006 at 10:35 am
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

Sioux Chief Gall

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:18 pm
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.

Spirit Lake Massacre

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:18 pm
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.

Revolt of the Métis

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:18 pm
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.

The Pony Express: Riders of Destiny

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
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.

Soapy Smith: Con Man's Empire

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
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.

Trail of Black Hawk

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Outnumbered and harried through trackless swamps, Black Hawk's starving band of Sauk and Fox Indians made a desperate stand along the Mississippi.

Sam Strong: Cripple Creek's Notorious Millionaire

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Fed up with homesteading in Nebraska, Sam Strong went to Colorado Springs with only a few coins in his pocket, but unimagined riches and a mother lode of trouble awaited him in the hills.

Estanislao: Rebellious Indian Warrior

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
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.

Soldiers vs. Apaches: One Last Time at Guadalupe Canyon

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Nearly 10 years after Geronimo called it quits following a massive manhunt, the U.S. Army began a smaller campaign against renegade Apaches.

Queho: An Indian Outcast

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Queho, a clubfooted Indian outcast, became the elusive killer hermit of El Dorado canyon.

The Prohibition Rule: Murder in Sioux City

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
In the hard-fought battle between Iowa prohibitionists and the saloon elements of the booming riverfront town, the Rev. George C. Haddock became a martyr.
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