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Wild West – April 2015 – Table of Contents

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Cover Story
As Big As Texas: Sam Houston
By Johnny D. Boggs
Known as “the Raven” while living with the Cherokees, he earned the nickname “Old Sam Jacinto” by winning Texas its independence from Mexico

Stagecoach Attacks—Roll ’em
By Gregory Michno
Such attacks by Indians feature in Stagecoach and many other Western films—but Hollywood didn’t make up these stories

Five Kansas Cow Towns
Concept and Modern Photos by Bob Stinson
From 1867 to 1884 cowboys drove Longhorns to the railroad shipping hubs of Abilene, Newton, Ellsworth, Wichita and Dodge City

The Whoop-Up Trail
By Jerry Keenan
It was certainly no Santa Fe Trail, but this spirituous route of commerce from Fort Benton, Montana Territory, into Canada made its mark, for better or worse

The Man Who Wrote Wild Bill’s Epitaph
By John Koster
Charley Utter also handled Hickok’s funeral arrangements in Deadwood and operated a pony express before jumping into the dance hall business


Editor’s Letter

Weider Reader
Excerpts from recent articles in other World History Group titles


Author Johnny D. Boggs suggests 10 Sam Houston sites for your bucket list. Plus life lessons from the Duke, news about a paper that chronicles the Old West, and the auction results for a Cody automatic pistol and a king of spades holed by John Wesley Hardin

By Candy Moulton
Lynda A. Sánchez has a passion for the history of the Southwest, historic preservation and the legends and lore of the Apaches

Croquet anyone? Do these early players include—no kidding—Billy the Kid?

Indian Life
By Jerry Keenan
Seeking revenge after Plains Indians stole 40 of their horses, a party of wolfers wiped out a village of blameless Assiniboines

Pioneers and Settlers
By Dominic Colvert
Peter Burnett, who would become first governor of the Golden State, organized and captained the first wagon train to California from Oregon


Art of the West
By Kellen Cutsforth
Frederic Remington’s Border Patrol is a dynamic Western composition rendered in printer-friendly en grisaille (“in grayness”)

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Les Kruger
Ben Kilpatrick and partner picked the perfect setting for a train holdup, but they hadn’t counted on a fight from Wells, Fargo express messenger David Trousdale

Western Enterprise
By Chuck Lyons
The Silver Kings of Nevada used their profits to dominate the Comstock and try to control the whole mining process

Ghost Towns
By Jim Pettengill
Camp Rucker, a remote Arizona Territory cavalry post, became a ranching center with ties to a number of infamous regional rustlers

By Linda Wommack
The Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum in Cripple Creek, Colo., is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to serve life there

Guns of the West
By Donald W. Moore
When John Clum captured Geronimo in April 1877, the Indian agent seized his Springfield

Johnny D. Boggs recalls five larger-than-life Sam Houston books and five less than memorable films with portrayals of Houston. Plus reviews of recent books, Bronco on DVD and the recent Western film The Homesman

Go West!
Wyoming’s myth-inducing Devils Tower

On the Cover: Major General Sam Houston (1793–1863), on horseback at San Jacinto, points the way to Texas’ independence, in a painting by Texas native Stephen Seymour Thomas (1868–1956). (Cover painting: © Bettmann/Corbis)



Discussion: Big names participated in the birth, growth, independence and identity of 19th-century Texas, but who made the biggest impression: Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, David Crockett, William B. Travis, Jim Bowie, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Mirabeau Lamar, Sul Ross, Quanah Parker, Cynthia Ann Parker, Richard King, Jack Hayes, John Wesley Hardin or someone else?

The Real Men of Deadwood
The HBO Western series Deadwood featured characters from the real West, including Charley Utter, Al Swearengen, Seth Bullock, Solomon Star, James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok and “Calamity Jane” Canary (who was a woman, incidentally)

Disorder in the Court
Water, or the lack of it, has long been a problem in parts of the West. This Dorothy Anderson story, from the February 2014 Wild West, tells of a water-rights case/brawl in 1883 Arizona Territory

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