Wild West – April 2011 – Table of Contents

2/3/2011 • Crazy Horse, Wild West TOC

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Cover Story
Champion of the Johnson County War
By Ron Soodalter
Small-time rancher Nate Champion showed big-time courage in 1892 as he battled the Wyoming cattle barons’ hired guns from Texas

The Yellow Rose of Texas: A Growing Legend
By Douglas Brode
A mysterious young mulatto woman named Emily has seduced generations of admirers as she once supposedly did Santa Anna in a tent at San Jacinto 175 years ago

Buffalo Bill and the Wild West Posters
William Cody started it all, but he had many imitators as Wild West shows and their colorful promotional posters crisscrossed the nation and globe

New Ulm: Deadliest Indian Attack on a Western Town
By Gregory Michno
During the 1862 Minnesota Uprising, Little Crow’s Dakotas surrounded this town and sought to overwhelm Colonel Charles Flandreau and the other white defenders with greater firepower and great fires

When Wynkoop Was Sheriff
By Louis Kraft
Edward “Ned” Wynkoop is best known for protesting the actions of Colorado soldiers at Sand Creek in 1864, but a few years earlier he had made friends and enemies while enforcing the law around Denver


Editor’s Letter


The Top Ten list covers the most lopsided gun battles in the Wild West, and Betty Dorsett Duke offers pictures to support her claim that James L. Courtney was really Jesse James

Seth Kinman killed grizzly bears and made presidential chairs, including one crafted from grizzly bear limbs for Andrew Johnson

By Candy Moulton
Dutch-born history professor Mark van de Logt discusses his new book War Party in Blue: Pawnee Scouts in the U.S. Army

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By William and John Gorenfeld
Two tough Englishmen were gambling partners in Virginia City, Nev., but after a falling out in Helena, Montana Territory, one of them fell hard

Pioneers and Settlers
By Ron Soodalter
Cowboy Dud Champion followed in big brother Nate’s footsteps—coming to Wyoming from Round Rock, Texas, and dying a violent death

Indian Life
By Claes H. Jacobsen
The Lakota Turning Bear was an Army Indian scout for two enlistment periods, a Ghost Dancer and a tribal representative in Washington, D.C.

Western Enterprise
By John Koster
Fred Harvey, who built eating houses all along the Santa Fe line, was a stickler for the quality of food he served and of the girls who served it

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
George Rivera captures the spirit of the Pueblo Indians with his bronze statue Buffalo Dancer and its sequel, Buffalo Dancer II

Guns of the West
By Ron Soodalter
The story of three weapons that might have belonged to Nate Champion, two of which he probably had with him when he died

Ghost Towns
By Jim Pettengill
To be or not to be a silver mining town: the tale of Shakespeare, N.M.

By Linda Wommack
The Sioux Indian Museum in Rapid City, S.D., provides a window into the Lakota past and serves as the “Gateway to the Black Hills”

A look at must-read books about Texas’ fight for independence and reviews of recent books, including The Killing of Crazy Horse

Go West!
Beat the rush to the Centennial Land Run Monument

On the cover: Hard-riding men seek Prairie Justice, in an oil on board by Dan Mieduch. Justice was hard to come by in Wyoming’s Johnson County in 1892, when big cattlemen hired Texas gunmen to ride against the small ranchers—that is, until lawmen and citizens rode against those “invaders” from the south. (Dan Mieduch, Scottsdale, Ariz.)



Discussion: The “Yellow Rose of Texas” is one of the most legendary and elusive figures in Texas history. What’s the most likely true story about the young woman who allegedly helped procure Texas independence by occupying Mexican General Santa Anna’s leisure time before the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836?

How Railroads Took the “Wild” out of the West: Author Carlos A. Schwantes writes that “the railroad tourist’s West was contrived and controlled in a way to add a safe measure of excitement without posing any real risk or hardship”

Spirit Lake Massacre: Author Susan Michno tells how Dakota Chief Inkpaduta raided homesteads near Spirit Lake in northwestern Iowa in 1857, escaped punishment and participated in the Minnesota Uprising five years later


Also be sure to visit GreatHistory.com, where you can read and write about history, even if you don’t know a “blog” from a bowie knife.



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