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Wild West – December 2014 – Table of Contents

10/3/2014 • Wild West TOC

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Cover Story
Legend of the Apache Kid
By Paul Andrew Hutton
The award-winning author clears up holes in the story of this mysterious Apache who scouted for the U.S. Army before his tragic turn into a fugitive outlaw

Mormon Handcart Horrors
By Candy Moulton
Brigham Young chose handcarts as a cheaper alternative to wagons for converts traveling to Great Salt Lake City, but two of the companies using them met with disaster

Blood on the Snow
By Jerry Keenan
Major Eugene Baker’s January 1870 attack on a Piegan Blackfeet camp along Montana Territory’s Marias River hit the wrong target and prompted much butchery

The Singer, the Banjoist and Bullets
By Chris Penn
Soprano Fannie Garrettson’s stage act with banjoist husband Dick Brown made her former partner Ed Shaughnessy mad enough to attempt murder

With Cornmeal and Creativity
By Joe Johnston
Great Plains homesteaders couldn’t be particular about what was on their plates. They ate what was available—and often that was food made of corn


Editor’s Letter


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

Author Paul Andrew Hutton shares his Top 10 list of Apache war participants. Phil Collins remembers the Alamo. Bill Koch collects his thoughts. Lee Silva studies Wyatt Earp’s grave situation. And Sherry Monahan becomes president—of WWA

By Candy Moulton
Will Bagley talks emigrant trails, including the ones that crossed the most important Western landmark—South Pass in central Wyoming

Lasso experts Frank Chamberlain and wife Myrtle show the ropes to admiring crowds

Indian Life
By Craig Springer
Fleeing the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation and Arizona Territory in 1879, Victorio returned to New Mexico Territory but found no peace

Pioneers and Settlers
By Christopher J. Chlon
In 1866 Father Adolf Bakanowski arrived in Panna Maria, Texas, to serve as spiritual leader for the first Polish settlement in North America


Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
The Briscoe Western Art Museum, which opened just last year, mixes art with history just steps from the Alamo in San Antonio

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Les Kruger
The Maxwell brothers were good—or rather bad—to the last drop of blood and, at least for one of them, a lynch mob’s noose

Western Enterprise
By Mark McLaughlin
In the 1860s Sierra Nevada mining towns sponsored longboard ski teams that headed for the hills and truly went for the gold

Ghost Towns
By Terry Halden
The Montana mining town of Brandon is no longer there, but Smuggler City is still around despite having never officially existed

By Linda Wommack
The Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum preserves and celebrates the heritage and history of the many Westerns shot in California

Guns of the West
By Lee A. Silva
The sturdy, practical Sharps Model 1874 single-shot rifle soon became known by the trademark “Old Reliable”

Paul Andrew Hutton looks at five interesting novels and five movies about the Apache wars. Plus reviews of recent books about Wounded Knee, South Pass, Tom Horn and Cochise

Go West!
Delicate Arch spans a starry Utah night sky

On the Cover: The Apache Kid became a reliable Army scout before killing a man in 1887. Below his colorized image are fellow scouts from San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona Territory, 1890. (Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, No. B2F39; postcard from Paul Andrew Hutton Collection.)



Discussion: If it was 1856, and all your Mormon friends were headed west to Great Salt Lake City, what would you do? A) Join a wagon train. B) Go by handcart. C) Put off going until someone built a transcontinental railroad. D) Make new friends. E) Change your religion and instead join a revival meeting in Hoboken, New Jersey. F) Become an atheist but pray your friends will be safe on the trail.

The Red and the White
Johnny D. Boggs reviews Andrew R. Graybill’s 2013 book The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West, about the Clarke family and the Marias Massacre

Interview With Sherry Monahan
She lives in North Carolina but writes mostly about the history of the American West, and since June 2014 she’s been president of Western Writers of America (WWA)

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