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The Making of Wyatt Earp’s Legend
by Eric Weider and John Rose
After Wyatt Earp died in January 1929, biographer Stuart Lake had to stand his ground against widow Josephine, who wrote, “Thus far, what I have read of the story impresses me more as that of the blood and thunder type than a biography.”

Mo-chi: First Female Cheyenne Warrior
by Linda Wommack and John L. Sipes Jr.
A survivor of surprise attacks by soldiers at Sand Creek and the Washita, Mo-Chi chose to ride alongside her warrior husband Medicine Water, declaring, “This day, I vow revenge for the murder of my family and my people.”

How Railroads Took the ‘Wild’ Out of the West [online]
by Carlos A. Schwantes
Railroads, like 19th-century magicians, transformed America in ways that awed and dazzled onlookers, and nowhere was their power to transform more visible than in the remote, rugged Western wilderness.

Out of the West, Into the Western
By Allan Radbourne
The sun was setting on the real Wild West, but it was not the end of the road for such Westerners as William Tilghman, Al Jennings and Emmett Dalton, because the day of the one-reel Western dawned.

The Cowboy Rock Art of Tinchera Pass
by Dennis McCown
Cowboys following what came to be called the “Eddy Diversion” of the Goodnight-Loving Trail sometimes paused at “the Wall” and made like long-ago Indians by drawing pictures.


Editor’s Letter

News and events celebrating the days of yesteryear, plus a Wyatt Earp–related Top Ten list by none other than CEO Eric “Tombstone is My Second Home” Weider.

by Candy Moulton
There’s no mystery that native Clevelander Corey Recko has a fascination with New Mexico Territory ; just read his Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain .

Gunfighters and Lawmen
by Corey Recko
One of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency’s most successful operatives, John Fraser had his hands full trying to investigate the disappearance of the Fountains.

Ghost Towns
by Steve Mauro
Originally called Forest City in 1878, St. Elmo served the area mines and today is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in Colorado.

Guns of the West
by Charles Zehnder
The “Smithsonian of the Ozarks” is on a college campus and boasts a collection of 1,600 guns, some reportedly used by the likes of Billy the Kid and Grat Dalton.


He patrolled 1880s Leadville for $100 a month.

Pioneers and Settlers
by Don Heinrich Tolzmann
Mary Schwantz, 14, was captured during the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, but she lived to tell the tale of horror she and her German immigrant family had endured.

Indian Life
by Linda Wommack
Most Cheyenne women, including Mo-chi’s daughter Measure Woman, formed a sisterhood and worked together in traditional ways for the common good of the tribe.

Western Enterprise
by Rita Ackerman
On the Western frontier, where minted coins were scarce and competition for customers was stiff, tokens were good for business.

by John Rose
Wild Bill Hickok is just one of the legendary Black Hills pioneers who get their due at the Adams Museum in Deadwood, S.D.

Art of the West
by Johnny D. Boggs
Richard V. Greeves has left more than a trace of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, with 35 sculptures and counting related to the Corps members and the Indians they met.

Must-read books and must-see movies about railroads in the West. Plus reviews of recent books, and a look at a rodeo documentary now on DVD.

This 10-barrel Gatling gun was targeted at an auction in Dallas.


Discussion: Were railroads the most important factor in taking the “wild” out of the Wild West in the late 19 th century? Even with Winchester rifles, could Euro-Americans have “won” the West without the help of transcontinental railroads? [debate on our forums]

Empire Builder: Visionary Jim Hill made the Great Northern Railroad a reality.

Wilcox Train Robbery: The Wild Bunch stopped a Union Pacific train in Wyoming.

John Flood and Wyatt Earp: Before biographer Stuart Lake, there was John Flood.

Sculptor Richard V. Greeves: The Lewis and Clark Expedition still inspires him.

Western Movie Quiz: Have you tested yourself yet?