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Wild West - August 2012 - Table of Contents

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Cover Story
Shooting Billy the Kid
By Richard Weddle
The one and only authenticated photo of the infamous outlaw reveals much, but details remain blurry. Here's the story behind the tintype that sold at auction for $2.3 million in June 2011

A Bridger Too Far
By Robert L. Foster
With indecision from U.S. Army Colonel Edmund B. Alexander and questionable guidance from old mountain man Jim Bridger, the 1857 Utah Expedition bogged down short of Salt Lake City

Smallpox in the Blankets
By John Koster
There's little basis to the persistent rumor that U.S. soldiers intentionally tried to spread smallpox among the Indians, but that doesn't diminish the tragedy wrought by the disease

Gunfight of the Sierra Madre
By John Boessenecker
Southern Pacific Detective Bob Paul and his posse caught up with Larry Sheehan's band of train robbers in the high country of Chihuahua, Mexico, with predictably deadly results

Little Wolf: Sweet Medicine Chief
By John H. Monnett
In 1878 the Northern Cheyenne leader led his people on a desperate exodus from hated Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) to their Montana Territory homeland

DEPARTMENTS  

Editor's Letter

Letters

Roundup
The Western Writers of America awards a Spur to Paul Andrew Hutton and finalist honors to Mark Dworkin for articles that appeared in Wild West. Also, vaqueros, Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett get statues. Plus, the "Top Ten," "West Words" and "Last Words"

Interview
By Candy Moulton
Retired lawman R. Michael Wilson specializes in books that meticulously detail Western stagecoach robberies, murders and executions

Westerners
Early deer hunters camp near California's Gum Boot Creek

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Larry Wood
In an 1889 shootout in Butler, Mo., a city marshal squared off against a deputy U.S. marshal, with consequences unsatisfactory to both

Pioneers and Settlers
By Jane Eppinga
Saloon owner Roderick Hafford flocked with Tombstone's most famous citizens, but what he really loved to do was collect bird specimens

Indian Life
By John H. Monnett
Renowned Cheyenne war leader Little Wolf sank into alcoholism and chronic depression in later life, a combination that fueled a killing

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
New Hampshire native Roy Andersen wanted to be an Indian when he grew up. He settled for becoming a well-regarded illustrator and painter of Indian subjects

Western Enterprise
By John Koster
Charles Hazelius Sternberg and Benjamin Franklin Mudge made their living prospecting—not for gold or silver but fossils

Ghost Towns
By Terry Halden
Coolidge, Mont., took its name from a president but built its fortune on silver

Collections
By Linda Wommack
The Fort Garland Museum has, among other treasures, an 1847 rifle that belonged to Kit Carson, who commanded the Colorado Territory post in 1866

Guns of the West
By Lee Silva
There was a time when Winchester made a six-shooter and Colt rolled out a lever-action rifle

Reviews
An unusual assortment of "Must See, Must Read" Billy the Kid books from author Johnny D. Boggs' library, plus modern reviews of recent books, including James Donovan's Alamo offering, The Blood of Heroes

Go West!
A grand view of Havasu Falls, Arizona

On the cover: This is a detail from the only authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid, a tintype taken by an unknown photographer in 1879 or 1880, most likely in Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory. The full tarnished but treasured image appears in this issue. (Photo courtesy of Richard Weddle)

 

ONLINE EXTRAS

Discussion: There is only one authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid, although other alleged shots of the infamous outlaw have turned up from time to time. Do you believe another photo of the Kid exists? If one did, what episode of Billy's life would you like it to capture: His jail break in Lincoln? Court appearance in Mesilla? Tryst with a girlfriend in Fort Sumner? Standing anywhere at all but not looking so goofy?

2012 Spur Winner
The Western Writers of America (WWA) has honored Paul Andrew Hutton's in-depth article "The Alamo, Well Remembered" (February 2011 Wild West) with the 2012 Spur Award for best Western short nonfiction

2012 Spur Finalist
The WWA has named Mark Dworkin's "The Wild West's Premier Mythmaker" (October 2011 Wild West), a profile of writer Walter Noble Burns, a Spur finalist for best Western short nonfiction

 



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