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Wild West – August 2011 – Table of Contents

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Cover Story
Pat Garrett: The Life and Death of a Great Sheriff
By Mark Lee Gardner
Those who branded Billy the Kid’s killer a coward or, later, a violence-prone relic from an unseemly past were dead wrong. Garrett was among the West’s most outstanding lawmen

The Gila Monster Had a Killer Reputation
By Richard Lapidus
This slow-moving nocturnal lizard of the Southwest is best known for its venom, but like many Wild West gunfighters, its reputation is based on folklore and exaggerated claims

Bring Me the Head of Clodoveo Chávez
By John Boessenecker
Bandido extraordinaire Tiburcio Vásquez had hanged, but his crime-worthy lieutenant remained a wanted badman in California and then Arizona Territory

Female Buccaneer of the Sagebrush
By Karen Holliday Tanner and John D. Tanner
One newspaper described Susie “Bronco Sue” Raper, rustler and perhaps black widow killer, as having “no superior in boldness, dash and intrigue, if any equals”

The Battle for San Diego
By George Yagi Jr.
When Kumeyaay warriors attacked the struggling Spanish mission in 1775, the few defenders, including two Franciscan missionaries, faced what seemed a mission impossible

Editor’s Letter


Wranglers, Spurs, powerful film shamans, a strong mustang supporter and the sale of a Jesse James photo. Plus Mark Lee Gardner’s top 10 Pat Garrett tourist sites

By Candy Moulton
John Boessenecker, top authority on early California lawmen and bandits, discusses some of his favorite subjects

These four boys in the Western woods look like they know something about camping out

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Bill Markley
Harry Young, the bartender when Wild Bill Hickok took a bullet to the head in Deadwood’s Saloon No. 10, waged his own deadly gunfight in the saloon that same month

Pioneers and Settlers
By John Koster
Author of the tender childhood poems “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” and “Little Boy Blue,” Eugene Field was also a hard-drinking Denver journalist with a flair for cutting wit and sarcasm

Indian Life
By Jon Guttman
When a party of Kiowas and Comanches attacked an Army supply train on the Staked Plains of Texas, young warrior Botalye rushed the circled-up wagons four times


Western Enterprise
By Tom Straka and Greg Seymour
To carry out the first great U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey—the Transcontinental Triangulation that roughly followed the 39th parallel—work crews built survey stations in the remote high country of the West

Art of the West
By Tom Straka and Bob Wynn
This sculpture of a Shoshone mother gathering pine nuts is among many Western artworks on public display in Ely, Nevada

By Linda Wommack
Denver’s Black American West Museum showcases the contributions made by black soldiers, cowboys and homesteaders

Ghost Towns
By Jim Pettengill
Ashcroft, Colo., like neighboring Aspen, made its fortune on silver—but after the mines closed, the towns went in different directions

Guns of the West
By Lee Silva
Smith & Wesson’s first large-cartridge frontier revolver was known as the No. 3 American Model, but it wasn’t around long

Interesting books and movies about California outlaws and the Far West. Plus reviews of recent books about Theodore Roosevelt and the O.K. Corral and a film about a lizard who becomes sheriff

Go West!
Custer’s Black Hills quest for gold—and a grizzly

On the cover: Pat Garrett, who made an everlasting reputation by hunting down Billy Kid in Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory, poses here in 1898 when he was sheriff of Doña Ana County in the same territory. (Photo from University of Texas at El Paso Library, Special Collections Department; colorized by Slingshot Studio, North Hampton, N.H.)



Discussion: Most people agree that Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett shot down Billy the Kid in Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory, in July 1881, but did the sheriff give the Kid a square deal and/or just what he deserved? And has history treated Garrett fairly?

Billy the Kid: The Great Escape: On April 28, 1881, while Sheriff Pat Garrett was on business in White Oaks, New Mexico Territory, prisoner Kid escaped custody in Lincoln, in the process shooting two of Garrett’s deputies—J.W. Bell and Bob Olinger

The Lowdown on ‘Quarrelsome’ Bill Downing: This outlaw, researched by Karen Holliday Tanner and late husband John, was so bad to the bone that he died amid much rejoicing


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 Billy the Kid impostor.


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