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    Model 1842 Pistol Was Lost to Glory

    It was overshadowed by Colt revolvers The powerful .44- caliber cap-and-ball Walker Colt and its lighter-framed, shorter-barreled derivative, the Model 1848 Colt Dragoon revolver, were hits on the Western frontier after the Mexican War....

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    White Mountain Apaches Share Their Rich Heritage

    Nohwike´ Bágowa houses tribal artifacts. “I have selected a site for a military post on the White Mountain River, which is the finest I ever saw,” said Major John Green. “The climate is delicious, and said by the Indians to be...

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    Ghost Town: Grafton, Utah

    In 1849 Elder Parley P. Pratt, the great-great-grandfather of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, led the first Mormons into southwestern Utah, describing it as “a country…turned inside out, upside down, by terrible convulsions in some...

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    Cochise Stronghold

    The small but rugged Dragoon Mountains in southeastern Arizona became the fortified home of the great Apache chief. As travelers speed west on Interstate 10 from Lordsburg, New Mexico, crossing the border into southeastern Arizona, they...

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    The Battle of Cieneguilla: Dragoons vs. Jicarilla Apaches

    On the road between Taos and Santa Fe in New Mexico Territory, dragoons found themselves in a desperate fight for survival against Chief Chacon’s superior force of Jicarilla Apaches. In the winter of 1854-55, Lieutenant John W. Davidson...

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    The Tigers of the Southwest

    From early childhood, Apaches we were raised in a warrior culture that produced the greatest guerrilla fighters of all time. Their tactics  defied the Spanish, Mexican and American armies for 300 years. It was early November 1885 when...

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    Cash City Booms, Then Goes Bust

    Kansas farmers’ field day could not last. The cattlemen of the 1870s were the first white settlers to occupy the watershed of the Cimarron and Arkansas rivers in southwestern Kansas. The rolling plain, covered with a mat of close-curled...

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    Tlingits Had Totems Near Their Doors

    They also wielded skull-crushing clubs. In April 1877, sometime-poet Lieutenant Charles Erskine Scott Wood arrived in Sitka, Alaska, on orders to escort Charles Taylor. The adventurer was making an attempt to scale what was then believed...

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    Apaches Grabbed Charlie McComas

    Then soldiers chased the raiders to Mexico. Hamilton C. McComas believed New Mexico Territory was a land of opportunity. Born in Parkersburg, Virginia, in 1831, he became a lawyer at age 21. Following his Western dream, he moved to...

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    Black Jack Shot Lawman Hocker

    Deputy marshal survived terrible wounds. Near Purcell, Indian Territory, on August 23, 1895, the outlaw “Black Jack” Bill Christian shot Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Hocker just above the heart. The rifle ball passed through the upper part...

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    Interview: This ‘Son-of-a-Basque’ Sees the Big Picture in the West

    Richard Etulain goes Beyond the Missouri. Richard W. Etulain is rooted deep in the American West. His Basque father, an immigrant from Spain, became a sheepherder and stockman in the Pacific Northwest.His mother sprang from sod house...

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    Wild West DVD Review: Let ’Er Buck!

    Let ’Er Buck! Rodeo—The Early Years Longhorn Media Productions, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2007 DVD format (produced in 1994), 75- minute documentary, $19.95, plus $3.50 shipping. Rodeo ain’t what it used to be—which is both a good and a...

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    Wild West Book Review: Baby Doe Tabor

    Baby Doe Tabor: The Madwoman in the Cabin by Judy Nolte Temple, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2007, $24.95. As the title says, she probably became (but who are we to judge) a madwoman in a cabin, guarding the Matchless (and now...

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    Wild West Book Review: William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire

    William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire: The Buffalo Bill Nobody Knows by Robert E. Bonner, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2007, $32.95. Scores of books have been written about William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, but Robert E. Bonner, a...

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    Wild West Book Review: Jesse James- The Best Writings

    Jesse James: The Best Writings on the Notorious Outlaw and His Gang edited by Harold Dellinger, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., 2007, $16.95. One admirer called him “this wonderful outlaw,” but others labeled him...

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    Wild West Book Review: The Billy the Kid Reader

    The Billy the Kid Reader edited by Frederick Nolan, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2007, $29.95. “No famous figure of the American West has more successfully and more tantalizingly resisted definitive understanding than Billy the...