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  • Rip Ford’s Risky Ranger Raid

    Flouting Texas’ jurisdiction, John Salmon ‘Rip’ Ford’s Rangers and their Indian allies rode into the heart of Comancheria in the spring of 1858...

  • Missouri River Epic

    Upper Missouri trapper and trader Charles Larpenteur left a harrowing memoir of his four decades in the hardscrabble frontier fur trade...

  • Ride of a Lifetime

    Hope was in short supply at Fort Phil Kearny, Dakota Territory, in the wake of the December 1866 Fetterman disaster — until John ‘Portugee’ Phillips answered the call...

  • Fountain of the Red Pipe

    From southwest Minnesota quarries Indians have long extracted the sacred stone for their ceremonial pipe bowls...


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Wild West magazine presents the great American frontier from its beginnings to today. America’s western frontier has been a vital part of the country’s myths and reality, from the earliest exploration beyond the territory of the first colonies, to the wide expanses of the western prairies and deserts. Experience the Old West and cowboys and Indians from top historical writers. Wild West brings to life the fascinating history, lore and culture of the great American frontier.