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Wild West – December 2014 – Table of Contents

The December 2014 issue of Wild West features stories about the legendary Apache Kid, the 1856 Mormon handcart disasters, the 1870 Marias Massacre, the tempestuous life and times of soprano Fannie Garrettson and the history of food on the Great Plains.
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Wild West – December 2014 – Letters From Readers

In the December issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Fort Davis (Texas), Edward "Ned Wynkoop, Sadie Marcus (the future Mrs. Earp), the Umatilla Indian Reservation (in Pendleton, Ore.), Rocky Mountain oysters and a disputed photo of Indian captives.
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Letter From Wild West – December 2014

Unlike the contentious fights at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek, the 1870 Marias Massacre was an egregious massacre of Piegan Indians that is little remembered today.
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Mormon Handcart Horrors

In 1856 Mormon leader Brigham Young beckoned companies of faithful Saints across the Plains to Utah Territory tethered to these ‘two-wheeled torture devices’—with disastrous results
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2014 Six-Shooter Award: The Will of McLaury

‘It was as cold-blooded and foul a murder as has been recorded,’ Texas lawyer Will McLaury wrote after brothers Tom and Frank fell in the gunfight near the O.K. Corral