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Wild West – October 2011 – Table of Contents

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Cover Story
Cheyenne Fall: The Battle of Red Fork
By Eric Niderost
Five months after Custer’s decisive defeat at the Little Bighorn, in a clash also known as the Dull Knife Fight, the U.S. Army forever broke the Northern Cheyennes’ power

Haunted Hotels of the West
By Bob Stinson
Presenting a gallery of five not-always-restful sleeping establishments where you can stroll around or spend the night and experience the spirit—if not spirits—of the Wild West

Texas: Gunfighter Capital of the West
By Bill O’Neal
Ten of the 15 deadliest Wild West shootists, including Wes Hardin, Killin’ Jim Miller, Bill Thompson and King Fisher, made their reputations in the Lone Star State

The Wild West’s Premier Mythmaker
By Mark Dworkin
Walter Noble Burns helped make Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Joaquín Murrieta household names, but subsequent historians have written little about the author himself

Enrique Garfias’ Pursuit of Frontier Justice
By Jeffrey R. Richardson
The Mexican-American former city marshal of Phoenix believed in law and order but was determined to root out injustice in the system—as in the case of Mexican miner Manuel Mejia

Editor’s Letter


Billy the Kid fetches millions, the Wild West History Association again honors Wild West special contributor Lee Silva, James Arness goes to the Long Branch in the sky and Texas writer Bill O’Neal offers Top 10 cowboy cures

By Johnny D. Boggs
Jeff Guinn treads on dangerous ground with his latest book, The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral—And How It Changed the American West

They are the speediest firemen in Colorado—if not the best dressed

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By John Durbin
In Blende City, Mo., cocky young Sheriff Doug Norton supplemented his income by leasing a mine, but an argument with his mining partner caused deadly sparks to fly

Pioneers and Settlers
By Dennis Sumrak
Englishman turned New Mexican rancher Montague Stevens lost an arm in an accidental shooting but still skillfully hunted grizzlies before deciding it was better to protect them

Indian Life
By Doug Hocking
The Jicarilla Apaches’ most important annual ceremony remains the Go-Jii-Ya—part relay race, part harvest festival


Western Enterprise
By John Koster
The newspaper business could get mighty rough on the frontier, as editors defended themselves with more than just words

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Tim Trask honored Wyatt Earp with a Tombstone statue, and now he’s doing the same for Ed Schieffelin, whose mining strike triggered the founding of the town

By Linda Wommack
The pioneer spirit of women in the West resonates throughout the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth

Ghost Towns
By Jim Pettengill
While other frontier towns made their fortunes in gold and silver, Sego, Utah, looked better in black, as rich coal seams kept its miners busy for decades

Guns of the West
By Lee Silva
Although Colt, Winchester and Sharps are the biggest names when it comes to guns used in the Wild West, the name Remington also retains a strong ring

Books about Texas badmen and movies about the Lone Star Sate, plus reviews of recent books, including two titles by Michael Wallis

Go West!
Tombstoneit’s your huckleberry

On the cover: Little Wolf (left) and Dull Knife make a peace-minded visit to Washington, D.C., in November 1873. Three years later, during the Great Sioux War, the Cheyenne chiefs were in a village on the Red Fork of the Powder River when Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie’s cavalrymen attacked. (Photo from National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution; colorized by Slingshot Studio, North Hampton, N.H.)



Ghost Stories of the West: Ever encounter a “spirit of the West?” Share stories of your ghostly encounters at www.historynet.com/ghoststory. If you think you may have photographed a ghost, upload your picture at www.historynet.com/ghostpictures. Somewhere in the Old West would be great, but we really aren’t all that particular.

Discussion: A slew of Old West gunfighters were born or later made their mark in Texas. How would you compare the Lone Star State to Arizona Territory, New Mexico Territory, Missouri, California and the rest of the Western frontier with regard to the number and deadly skill of its six-gun artists?

Mason County War: Texas is famous for its feuds, but author Allen G. Hatley says, “None of the others can quite equal the one in 1875 when it comes to corrupt and shameful motives and the number of men killed in such a short period.”

Robert Conley Speaks: The Western Writers of America president and three-time Spur Award winner talks about his Cheyenne writings


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 Texas badman.

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