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Westward Expansion


Letter from Wild West - October 2009

Gregory Lalire | Published: August 07, 2009 at 10:23 am
Print newsmen were the chroniclers of the the Old West, but now newspapers, too, are fading into history.

Interview with Fetterman Fight Author John Monnett

Candy Moulton | Published: June 03, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Fetterman Fight expert John Monnett explains his fascination with Plains Indians and speaks about his new book, Where a Hundred Soldiers Were Killed.

Letter from Wild West - August 2009

Gregory Lalire | Published: June 03, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Such intrepid 19th-century explorers as Joe Walker, John Wesley Powell, Benjamin Bonneville, Jedediah Smith and others explored much of the West, yet there remain corners for curious minds to explore.

Medicine Bill Comstock - Saga of the Leatherstocking Scout

Susan K. Salzer | Published: April 02, 2009 at 5:31 pm
Medicine Bill Comstock, descendant of James Fenimore Cooper, brought his uncle's mythical Natty Bumppo to life on the Great Plains as a hunter, trapper and cultural go-between.

Victorio's War

Robert M. Utley | Published: September 03, 2008 at 6:05 pm
For Apache chief Victorio, the decision to make war on the United States was a matter of rights and spirituality. Known as the "greatest Indian general" ever, he terrorized settlers and the army, surpassing Geronimo's feats and ferocity.

How the West was Spun - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show

Stephen G. Hyslop | Published: August 05, 2008 at 3:51 pm
Buffalo Bill Cody heralded the closing of the frontier by reassuring Americans that they would never be too civilized to beat the braves and bullies of the world at their own game.

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.

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.

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.

The Republic of the Rio Grande

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:12 pm
After Texas gained its independence from Mexico, some Texans and Mexicans were ready to fight for a new buffer nation.

Oregon Trail: Wagon Tracks West

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm
For the Applegates and their fellow travelers, the Oregon Trail promised a golden ticket to the land of milk and honey. The reality, however, proved to be far grimmer.

Martin Company: Mormon Pioneers Used Handcarts to Trek to Salt Lake City

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm
Some 150 people from the Martin Company of handcart-pushing Mormon emigrants died during the 1856 trek to Salt Lake City.

Jim Hill: Railroad Builder and Visionary

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
Possessing abundant ability and Napoleonic ambition, the Canadian-born entrepreneur Jim Hill believed that his new railway would fill the wasted northern Plains with settlers.

Oklahoma Panhandle: Badmen in No Man's Land

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm
Until the last decade of the 19th Century, the long, narrow strip that would become known as the Oklahoma Panhandle had no government and plenty of men who didn't mind at all.

When the Bugle Sounded: Stampede for Oklahoma's Unassigned Lands

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:03 pm
Wild as a gold rush, the stampede for Oklahoma's Unassigned Lands was a dream come true for some, a heartbreaking nightmare for others. They were the good and the bad, the tough and the weak, who raced for their 160-acre parcels on a spring day in 1889.
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