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Wild West - April 2012 - Table of Contents

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Cover Story
Red Cloud and the Bull Bear Shooting
By R. Eli Paul
An 1841 dispute between two Lakota factions sparked a killing that propelled Red Cloud into power but also deepened the intertribal rift

Love and the Bandit's Head
By William B. Secrest
In 1853 Captain Harry Love and his California Rangers pursued and killed bandido Joaquín Murrieta, then cut off his head and took the grisly trophy on a road show

The Year of the Locust
By Chuck Lyons
"The air is literally alive with them," a newspaperman reported in 1874 as the winged insects from the high, dry eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains swarmed all the way down into Texas. "They work as if sent to destroy"

Bat Masterson's Emma
By Chris Penn
Bat's future wife was once married to and ran against a professional foot racer and performed artistic Indian club exercises for appreciative crowds in Kansas City, Leadville and Denver

Stocking Full of Frontier Adventure
By R.K. DeArment
Clark B. Stocking (1839–1934) defied death many times as a soldier, scout, sheriff's deputy and shotgun messenger before finally rekindling a childhood romance


Editor's Letter


The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass, the 100th anniversary of the death of German Western novelist Karl May, remembering the Washita, and R. Eli Paul's Top 10 favorite novels turned into classic Westerns, including The Searchers

By Candy Moulton
Johnny D. Boggs is an award-winning novelist, editor of the Western Writers of America journal Roundup and, oh yes, a Wild West special contributor

Three armed North Dakota girls, one carrying a .22 single-shot boy's bolt-action rifle, aim at an unseen target

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Frederick J. Chiaventone
Jesse and Frank James were among the Wild West outlaws who took hard lessons in ruthlessness from Civil War guerrilla leaders William Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson

Pioneers and Settlers
By Greta Nettleton
Mrs. Dr. Rebecca Jane Keck defied convention and the powerful medical establishment in the upper Mississippi Valley to peddle her patent medicines

Indian Life
By R. Eli Paul
For five years, beginning in 1873, the Red Cloud Agency in northwest Nebraska was perhaps the most recognized place in the state—for all the wrong reasons

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Allen and Patty Eckman sculpt their elaborate American Indian sculptures not out of wax, clay, stone or bronze—but paper

Western Enterprise
By Lisa Ekman
For more than 30 years people in search of healing waters and rest went to northeastern Oregon's Hot Lake Sanatorium, aka the "Mayo Clinic of the West"

Red Cloud comes off well in books but not so much in movies. Plus reviews of recent books about Kit Carson, Wyatt Earp and Ned Wynkoop and a critique of the Western TV series Hell on Wheels

Ghost Towns
By Les Kruger
Coloma grew up around Sutter's Mill, where James W. Marshall spied the nuggets that triggered the California Gold Rush

By Linda Wommack
This Colorado Springs museum relates all you need to know about digging gold and silver—call it the Western Museum of Mining & Industry…or Bust

Guns of the West
By Lee Silva
Old West gunfighters did "slap leather," but their holsters were usually worn high on the hip and were a far cry from most of the gun rigs that dazzle the eye in Hollywood movies

Go West!
Monument Valley compels on film and in real life

On the cover: Lakota leader Red Cloud (1821–1909), in an 1880 portrait by Charles Bell, posed for the camera on some 50 occasions for more than 100 different photos—making him the most photographed American Indian in the 19th century. He posed for his first portrait (at Mathew Brady's studio in Washington, D.C.) in 1872, some 30 years after he shot Bull Bear. (Photo courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution; colorization by Slingshot Studio, North Hampton, N.H.)



Discussion: Whom do you consider the most significant Lakota (Sioux) of the Old West: Sitting Bull, a warrior turned spiritual leader and Little Bighorn participant; Crazy Horse, another Little Bighorn participant and a relentless warrior in other battles; Red Cloud, a warrior and chief who beat the U.S. Army in a war named for him; or another?

The Falsehoods of Fetterman's Fight
John H. Monnett reassesses Captain Will Judd Fetterman's attitude and performance in what historians consider the first major battle of Red Cloud's War

Interview with Fetterman Fight Author John Monnett
Monnett, author of Where a Hundred Soldiers Were Killed, a book about the Fetterman Fight, discusses his fascination with that battle and the Plains Indians


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