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Wild West - October 2012 - Table of Contents

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Cover Story
Fatal Mix-up on Fremont Street
By Roger Jay
The participants in Tombstone's famous gunfight near the O.K. Corral had welcomed a war of words, but when it came to letting bullets fly, they were reluctant warriors

The Day Rangers Relied on Winchesters
By Wayne R. Austerman
Comanche and Kiowa warriors outnumbered his Texas Rangers 4-to-1, but Sergeant Edward Cobb and his men had Model 1866 Winchesters

The Lynching of Assassin Jim Miller
By Ellis Lindsey
For a quarter century "Killin' Jim" had gotten away with murder for hire, but in Ada, Okla., in 1909 his string of good fortune ran out at the end of a rope

Where Legends Rest in the West
Pictorial by Bob Stinson
The spirit of the wild frontier graces the gravesites of notable Western personalities, from Doc Holliday to Tom Horn, Buffalo Bill Cody to Warren Earp

Missions, Sea Otters and California Indians
By Daniel J. Demers
While Spain sought to Christianize the California Indians, Russia's interest in the region was purely commercial, notably the harvesting of sea otter and seal furs

DEPARTMENTS  

Editor's Letter

Letters

Roundup
The Wild West History Association honors Lone Star State author Bill O'Neal for his Wild West article "Texas: Gunfighter Capital of the Frontier." Plus author Ellis Lindsey's "Top 10" myths about Killin' Jim Miller

Interview
By Johnny D. Boggs
An expert on historic Americana, Wes Cowan discusses his love of history and antiques and the founding of Cincinnati-based Cowan's Auctions

Westerners
Three celebrated creative minds of the West—C.M. Russell, William S. Hart and Will James—met in Los Angeles in 1924.

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Thomas Cobb
Arizona's deadliest gunfight involved the Power brothers, not the Earp brothers or Clanton brothers or McLaury brothers, and went off 37 years after the far more famous fight near the O.K. Corral

Pioneers and Settlers
By Dennis Goodwin
Miss Julia Bulette once sat proud and pretty atop a horse-pulled fire truck in Virginia City, Nevada, but in January 1867 someone murdered her in bed

Indian Life
By Dennis Sumrak
The destruction of the Navajos' peach orchards in Canyon de Chelly added insult to injury during the Army's brutal 1864 scorched-earth campaign

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
In his bronzes and paintings Maurice Turetsky captures Billy the Kid and other key figures from the 1878 Lincoln County War

Western Enterprise
By John Koster
Weather was more daunting than the Indians, but nothing could stop the transcontinental telegraph, completed in less than four months

Ghost Towns
By Dave Lauterborn
Masons founded this eastern Sierra Nevada gold-mining town, but it took a jumpy 16-year-old from nearby Bodie to trigger its boom

Collections
By Linda Wommack
Pawnee Bill was a showman second only to Buffalo Bill, and his Oklahoma museum and ranch are showplaces for artifacts and buffalo

Guns of the West
By Lee A. Silva
This particular Single Action Army Colt revolver was likely used at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

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!
If a tree falls in Sequoia National Park, everyone hears it

On the cover: Nicholas Eggenhofer rendered an earlier Gunfight at the O.K. Corral painting for Stuart Lake's 1931 Wyatt Earp biography Frontier Marshal but left Doc Holliday out of the picture. Doc (holding shotgun) stands beside the three Earp brothers in Eggenhofer's second version, done for the 1955 reprint shown on our cover. In both versions the opposition includes five men—the McLaury brothers, the Clanton brothers and Billy Claiborne, though Claiborne was leaving when the shooting started. (Image: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, via Lee A. Silva)

 

ONLINE EXTRAS

Discussion: How do you feel about vigilante (read "mob") action in the Wild West? Was it ever justified? Specifically, was it justified in the case of Jim Miller, aka "Killin' Jim" and "Deacon Jim"? Miller had gotten away with murder one way or another for a quarter century before some 40 citizens of Ada, Oklahoma, took him out of jail and hanged him in 1909.

2012 Six-Shooter Winner
The Wild West History Association (WWHA) honors Bill O'Neal's article "Texas: Gunfighter Capital of the West" (October 2011 Wild West) with its 2012 Six-Shooter Award for best general Western history article.

Showgirls and Graves
Author-photographer Bob Stinson writes of this unusual pictorial feature: "One of my life's biggest passions is Western history, and I am drawn to old cemeteries. I came up with the idea of taking pictures at gravesites of Western icons and adding sex appeal."

The Real O.K. Corral Story
An interview with Jeff Guinn, author of The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral—And How It Changed the American West.

 



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