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Wild West Discussion - December 2013

Published: October 01, 2013 at 7:11 pm
In the 1846–47 Donner Party tragedy, 36 of the 81 emigrants trapped in the snow-covered Sierra Nevada died. More than half of the survivors likely ate human flesh to stay alive. What would you do in a similar predicament—resort to …

Gary Ernest Smith - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: October 01, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Minimalist Gary Ernest Smith maximizes the graphic potential of Billy the Kid's 1881 escape from New Mexico Territory's Lincoln County Courthouse.

Wild West - December 2013 - Letters From Readers

Published: October 01, 2013 at 5:12 pm
In the December issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Custer "survivor" August Finckle/Frank Finkel, all-but-forgotten con man Soapy Smith and the disputed six-shooter in Wyatt Earp's hand that fateful day in Tombstone.

Letter From Wild West - December 2013

Gregory Lalire | Published: October 01, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Arguments and tasteless wordplay aside, it was cannibalism that set apart the 1846–47 Donner Party as one of the worst tragedies on the 19th-century pioneer trail.

Murder, Mobs and the Marlow Brothers

Jim Pettengill | Published: October 01, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Texas lawmen had orders to transfer four of the Marlow brothers in chains, but all hell broke loose when vigilantes appeared—a standoff depicted in "The Sons of Katie Elder"

Interview With Author Dennis McCown

Candy Moulton | Published: October 01, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Dennis McCown spent the better part of two decades in deep research to reveal the remarkable story of Helen Beulah Mrose and her ties to gunfighter turned lawyer John Wesley Hardin.

Book Review: A Killer Is What They Needed, by David Grassé

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 01, 2013 at 1:02 pm
David Grassé profiles Commodore Perry Owens, the Tennessee-born Quaker and sometime cowboy turned seemingly fearless territorial enforcer.

Book Review: Light on the Prairie, by Nancy Plain

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:52 pm
In her award-winning book Nancy Plain introduces young readers to Solomon Butcher, photographer of the Nebraska plains pioneers.

Book Review: Bedside Book of Bad Girls, by Chris Enss

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Chris Enss introduces some of the bad women who kept the West wild right up into the 20th century.

Book Review: Dragoons in Apacheland, by William S. Kiser

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:25 pm
William S. Kiser examines the flawed policies of the U.S. military in its efforts to maintain peace between the Apache people and settlers in the mid-19th century.

Book Review: American Indian Tribes of the Southwest, by Michael G. Johnson

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 01, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Michael G. Johnson's provides a compact summation of the Southwest tribes in this latest title of Osprey's Men-at-Arms series.

Movie Review: The Lone Ranger

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 01, 2013 at 11:51 am
In this postmodern take on the classic TV series, director Gore Verbinski throws in everything and the kitchen sink but still shoots wide of any particular audience.

Wild West - October 2013 - Table of Contents

Published: July 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm
The October 2013 issue of Wild West features stories about Will McLaury of post-gunfight fame in Tombstone, the 1871 Camp Grant Massacre in Arizona Territory, mythologized gunman Clay Allison, the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 and the tall tale of the last major Comanche attack on Fort Worth, Texas.

Wild West Discussion - October 2013

Published: July 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Regarding the gunfight that broke out on October 26, 1881, near Tombstone's O.K. Corral: Do you see it as a battle between good and evil or a battle between two flawed frontier factions? Which set of brothers—the Earps, Clantons or …

Clay Allison: ‘Good-Natured Holy Terror’

Sharon Cunningham | Published: July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm
How much trouble he ever caused in Texas is debatable, and during his time in Colfax County, New Mexico Territory, Clay Allison mostly did his fighting for a cause

Interview With Historian Paul Lee Johnson

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: July 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm
In his new book The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary, author Paul Lee Johnson examines the little-known McLaury side of the October 1881 gunfight near the O.K. Corral.
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