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Wild West - December 2010 - Table of Contents

Originally published by Wild West magazine. Published Online: October 01, 2010 
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Cover Story
Pressing the Issue at Wounded Knee
By Randy Hines
In the lead-up to December 1890's tragic encounter on the Pine Ridge Reservation, many South Dakota newspapers called for the genocide of the Ghost-Dancing Lakota people

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The Falsehoods of Fetterman's Fight
By John H. Monnett
The 1866 defeat is remembered for a Captain William Fetterman boast. But did he really make it?

Disaster at Burke Canyon
By Robert C. Belyk
A great force lifted George Gibson out of bed and dropped him into a snowdrift some 20 feet from where his house once stood. A deadly avalanche had struck Mace, Idaho

Tascosa: Hell Town of the Texas Panhandle
By Frederick Nolan
Billy the Kid only sold stolen horses in "the hardest place on the frontier," but this town recorded plenty of killings, including four in a single murderous March gunfight

Boone May: Bane of the Badmen
By R.K. DeArment
The shotgun messenger was called "the most noted scout, detective, Indian fighter and shooting man of the Black Hills," and road agents on the road out of Deadwood had good reason to fear him


Editor's Letter


Historian John Monnett ranks less-than-sterling Indian wars events in his Top Ten list, the Wild West History Association hands out its annual awards and the governor of New Mexico considers a pardon for Billy the Kid

Riding double is nothing. These four horsekids are mounted on one steed

By Dale L. Walker
Candy Moulton usually interviews others for Wild West. This month the tireless writer/editor from Encampment, Wyoming, is the one being interviewed

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By David S. Turk
Samuel Breckinridge Smith became a respected citizen in Carlsbad, New Mexico, but he once rode as a Regulator with, you guessed it, Billy the Kid

Pioneers and Settlers
By John Koster
At the hopeless Fetterman Fight, Adolph Metzger emptied his seven-shot Spencer rifle and then desperately used his bugle as a club

Indian Life
By John Koster
"Indians are dancing in the snow and are wild….We need protection," cried agent Daniel Royer

Western Enterprise
By John Koster
Crowd-pleaser Buffalo Bill Cody was no good at handling the books, so Nate Salsbury handled his Wild West finances and logistics for two decades. Salsbury wanted credit for it all

Ghost Towns
By Les Kruger
Some imagination is needed to appreciate Schellbourne, Nevada, where the Pony Express once ran an all-too-active station

By Linda Wommack
The romance and spirit of the mountain man era lives on at the 55-year-old Museum of the Fur Trade, just east of Chadron, Nebraska

Guns of the West
By Lee A. Silva
The West was full of Colt Single Action Army copies and outright forgeries

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Tom Lea's 1938 masterpiece Pass of the North pays homage to the people who "made" El Paso

Books and movies related to stagecoaches, plus recent reviews—yes, Custer is back in a book

Go West!
Captured by Edward S. Curtis in 1904, Canyon de Chelly still captivates visitors

On the cover: What happened at Wounded Knee, S.D., in December 1890 was fresh in the minds of the Lakotas and other Indians who put on a "living display" eight years later at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha, Neb. Among the Indians photographed there in native dress was Oglala Sioux Chief Left Hand Bear. Heyn Photo of Omaha published this hand-colored platinum print of him in 1899. (Library of Congress)



Discussion: Historians have called the clash at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890, the last major battle of the Indian wars and also a massacre. Who is most to blame for the disaster—Ghost-Dancing Indians, trigger-happy soldiers, unskilled and corrupt Indian agents, a lax Congress, racist newspapermen or U.S. Indian policy in general?

The Hunting of Billy the Kid: Historian Frederick Nolan tells how a Texas Panhandle posse helped Pat Garrett track down the most famous rustler in Lincoln County

Billy the Kid and the U.S. Marshals Service: David S. Turk, historian for the U.S. Marshals Service, tells how deputy U.S. marshals served on both sides of the Lincoln County War


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