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Wild West - December 2013 - Table of Contents

Originally published by Wild West magazine. Published Online: October 01, 2013 
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Cover Story
Donner Party Cannibalism: Did They or Didn't They?
By Kristin Johnson
The contention that none of the desperate pioneers resorted to eating human flesh during their tragic 19th-century overland trail trek doesn't hold up to scrutiny

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Murder, Mobs and the Marlow Brothers
By Jim Pettengill
In a gun battle with vigilantes on the night of January 19, 1889, two Marlow prisoners survived, but both were wounded and remained chained to their dead brothers

New Mexico's Reviled Heroic Padre
By Doug Hocking
Taos Priest Antonio José Martínez founded his own parish and school, ministered to the poor and served as a legislator before facing a contentious excommunication

Wright Was Might Among Oregon Indians
By Carole Nielson
Ben Wright sometimes lived among the tribes, but other times he hunted them, earning a reputation as a fearsome Indian fighter—until betrayed

Marshal Gosling's Final Train Ride
By J.R. Sanders
Charged with escorting a pair of convicted Texas outlaws to the pen, affable U.S. Marshal Hal Gosling showed just enough human kindness to get himself killed

 

DEPARTMENTS  

Editor's Letter

Letters

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

Roundup
Author Kristin Johnson considers 10 intriguing Donner Party connections, while our News of the West covers the 175th anniversary commemoration of the Trail of Tears and the selling of Earp and Holliday items at a weeklong auction in Harrisburg, Pa.

Interview
By Candy Moulton
Dennis McCown spent 16 years tracking the story of Helen Beulah Mrose, including her relationship with notorious Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin

Westerners
Two bullets lacked the killing power to stop George Rock, but a noose at the Montana State Penitentiary in Deer Lodge did the trick

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By R.K. DeArment
His right arm shattered by a rifle bullet, U.S. Marshal Ed Johnson practiced, practiced, practiced to become a deadly left-handed shot

Pioneers and Settlers
By Peggy Sanders
Annie Tallent considered herself "a delicate woman," but she was a hardy pioneer and the first white woman to enter the Black Hills

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Utah artist Gary Ernest Smith doesn't kid around with his historically accurate Billy Leaves Town

Indian Life
By Louis Kraft
Indian agent Ned Wynkoop welcomed into his home at Fort Larned, Kansas, such friends as Tall Bull, Roman Nose and Black Kettle

Western Enterprise
By Don Stradley
Tex Rickard, who went on to become a famous sports promoter, helped Goldfield, Nev., stage a 1906 prizefight to boost the town's fortunes

Ghost Towns
By Terry Halden
In early 1890s Montana, William Emery boasted the most productive mine in Rocker Gulch, and the town born there took his name

Collections
By Linda Wommack
Time stands still but not the timepieces at the Conger Street Clock Museum in Eugene, Ore.

Guns of the West
By Lee A. Silva
The Colt Lightning, a slide-action (or pump-action) rifle manufactured from 1884 to 1904, proved a hit with the San Francisco police

Reviews
Wagon master Will Bagley tracks down some of the best books and films about overland trails and trail disasters. Plus reviews of recent books about Commodore Perry Owens and Solomon Butcher and a critique of the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger

Go West!
Death Valley has long been worth its salt

On the Cover: On the Way to the Summit (The Donner Party), a circa 1891 painting (oil on canvas board, 24 by 18.25 inches) by William Gilbert Gaul, captures the emigrants' struggle through the deep snow at Donner Pass, which back in 1846–47 had more challenging boulders and no such smooth, wide road. (Cover painting: The Oakland Museum of California Kahn Collection, No. A65.98)

 

ONLINE EXTRAS

Discussion: In the 1846–47 Donner Party tragedy, 36 of the 81 emigrants trapped in the snow-covered Sierra Nevada died. More than half of the survivors likely ate human flesh to stay alive. What would you do in a similar predicament—resort to cannibalism or hope that help would arrive before you starved to death?

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WWHA Six-Shooter Award Winner
Jeff Broome's article "Wild Bill's Brawl With Two of Custer's Troopers," which ran in the December 2012 Wild West, has won the 2013 Wild West History Association Six-Shooter Award for best general Western history article. Read the award-winning tale online

Colorado Lodgings
In Colorado's Landmark Hotels Linda Wommack profiles historic lodgings in her native state. Read a review of her four-star book

 



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