The English-born John Forster helped his brother-in-law, California Governor Pio Pico, escape to Mexico in 1846, but then he assisted the American forces who had come West to take possession of the pastoral paradise by the sundown sea.
Bloody and battered from an encounter with a she-grizzly, old trapper Hugh Glass was eventually left to die by two of his comrades. When he refused to die before exacting revenge, a legend was born.
The long-simmering feud between the Brooks and McFarland clans erupted into gunfire on September 22, 1902, at the new railroad town in Indian Territory.
Five white men and two Indians in Squak, Washington Territory, responded violently to the hiring of cheap Chinese laborers to pick hops in 1885.
Immigrants from China poured into gold-rich California in 1852 and kept on coming, mostly working as laborers who seemingly would do everything that Anglos wouldn't or couldn't do.
Frontiersman Bill Gay shot his way to the hangman's noose in Montana.
Did Chief Seattle really say, 'the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth'?
Bone Mizell was a hard-drinking cow hunter who, with an assist from artist Frederic Remington, became a legend in his own time in Florida's cattle country.
When Apache warriors swooped down on the defenseless Oatman family in sunbleached Arizona in 1851, the harrowing nightmare was just beginning for Olive Oatman and her little sister Mary Ann.
Outnumbered and harried through trackless swamps, Black Hawk's starving band of Sauk Indians made a desperate stand along the Mississippi.
War and a terrible winter were fresh memories when Colonel Henry Maynadier allowed tearful Spotted Tail to bury his daughter at Fort Laramie, which, in turn, helped convince the Brulé Sioux leader to bury the hatchet forever.
Spotted Tail, chief of the Brulés, fought well, but his diplomatic skills were even better.
Tired of being on the run, the Wild Bunch leader considered a number of options before deciding it was best to leave the country.
At times cruel, Chiricahua Chief Cochise had courage and was devoted to the truth.
Still bleary-eyed from their annual rendezvous, Bill and Milton Sublette's mountain men were ill-prepared for battle. But the dreaded Gros Ventre--'Big Bellies'--could not be avoided without a fight.
Wyatt Earp and other lawmen 'disciplined' the Texas drovers who sought entertainment at the end of the trail, and also fined those in the Kansas cow town who provided the entertainment.