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The Wild West


Maurice Barrymore: An English Actor in the Wild West

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

John Forster and the American Conquest of California

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

Hugh Glass: Legendary Trapper in America's Western Frontier

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

1902 Gunfight at Spokogee

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

Chinese Laborers Meet Resistance in the Washington Territory

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Five white men and two Indians in Squak, Washington Territory, responded violently to the hiring of cheap Chinese laborers to pick hops in 1885.

Chinese Immigrants on America's Western Frontier

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
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

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Frontiersman Bill Gay shot his way to the hangman's noose in Montana.

Bone Mizell: Cracker Cowboy of the Palmetto Prairies

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

Chief Seattle

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Did Chief Seattle really say, 'the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth'?

Apache Captives' Ordeal

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
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.

Black Hawk War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
Outnumbered and harried through trackless swamps, Black Hawk's starving band of Sauk Indians made a desperate stand along the Mississippi.

Brulé Sioux Spotted Tail's Pledge of Peace

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm
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.

Brulé Sioux Chief Spotted Tail

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm
Spotted Tail, chief of the Brulés, fought well, but his diplomatic skills were even better.

Butch Cassidy's Surrender Offer

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm
Tired of being on the run, the Wild Bunch leader considered a number of options before deciding it was best to leave the country.

Chiricahua Chief Cochise

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:12 pm
At times cruel, Chiricahua Chief Cochise had courage and was devoted to the truth.

Battle of Pierre's Hole

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