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Quanah Parker: Man of Two Worlds
By Richard Selcer
The son of a Comanche father and a white mother, he had his feet in two cultures and accomplished the no small feat of helping to heal the wounds between the onetime “Lords of the Plains” and the settlers of Texas.

Plenty Horses’ Vengeance
By G. Sam Carr
The 22-year-old Brulé Sioux, a Carlisle Indian School graduate, wanted to avenge the bloodshed at Wounded Knee, and on January 7, 1891, he shot down 1st. Lt. Edward W. Casey.

Camels Go West
By Paul Andrew Hutton
In the 1850s, the U.S. Army would walk far more than a mile for a camel, but the grand experiment with both the one hump and two hump varieties in the American Southwest was short-lived, and the imported beasts were hung out to dry.

Christmas Frontier-Style
By Gregory Lalire
Frontiersmen found several spirited ways to celebrate the holiday. Some went to Midnight Mass, while others turned to brandy or Taos Lightning.

Hell on Rails: Oklahoma’s War on the Rock Island
By Jim Fullbright
After the Cherokee Outlet opened up, Pond Creek (aka Round Pond) had its twin and so did Enid, but only two of the four towns had railroad depots, and that made their residents fighting mad.

Editor’s Letter


By Candy Moulton
The biography of The Life of Yellowstone Kelly was 40 years in the making, but Colorado author Jerry Keenan has had many “shorter” Western projects.

News and events celebrating the frontier, plus Texas author Richard Selcer’s heartfelt Top Ten “Madams of the Old West.”

Cowboy quartet packs iron in Leadville.

Gunfighters & Lawmen
By Curtis J. Phillips
Merry Christmas to Cole Younger, John Wesley Hardin, Ben Thompson, King Fisher, the Olde brothers and other not-so-merry gunmen.

Pioneers & Settlers
By Daniel Aranda
On their way from Frio Town, Texas, to booming Silver City, New Mexico Territory, newlyweds Harry and Maggie Graham ran into an Apache ambush—only one of them would survive.

Indian Life
By Robert K. Larson
John Grass, a major Blackfoot Lakota leader who is often overlooked today, had prestige and class on and off the reservation and became what cultural anthropologists would call a culture broker.

Western Enterprise
By Robert L. Foster
With not much U.S. money circulating in the new Mormon home in what would become Utah, church leaders decided to build a mint.

Ghost Towns
By David Lauterborn
This California mining town had such a notorious reputation that one little girl headed there wrote in her diary “Goodbye, God, I’m going to Bodie.”

By John Rose
The University of Arizona’s “Special Collections” archive, established in 1958, includes the personal scrapbooks of territorial dynamo John Clum.

Guns of the West
By Jim Fullbright
Whiskey peddler and would-be bandit Bob Hughes died with his boots on, holding a Colt Model 1878.

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
One-time chairman of the Commanche Nation Ronald L. Burgess has Quanah, the last chief of the Commanche Nation, down pat.

Must-read books and must-see movies about Quanah Parker and the Commanches. Plus reviews of recent books, a documentary and a game.

How much would you pay for Custer’s personal battle flag?


How much do you know about John Wayne?: Take our quiz!

How much do you know about Wounded Knee?: Take our quiz!

How much do you know about Western movies?: Test yourself with our bonus quiz!

Philip Wells: Wounded at Wounded Knew : The story of Philip Wells, a mixed-blood eyewitness to the December 1890 tragedy along Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota.

Native Art in Black and White: Commanche artist Ronald Burgess works well in pen and ink.


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The son of a white captive mother and a Quahade Comanche leader, Quanah Parker became a war chief and then made peace with his people’s longtime enemies—Texans. Quanah’s military successes are not documented, and he is best known for the defeat in the June 1874 Battle of Adobe Walls. Still, as a man who succeeded in two worlds, he usually ranks as one of the great figures in Western frontier history. Do you agree?