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The Tigers of the Southwest
By John Rose
Religiously, medicinally and militarily attuned to their often harsh environment, well-trained Apache warriors were part of one of the greatest light cavalry and guerrilla fighting forces in the world.

Apache Country
See the places in Arizona Territory, New Mexico Territory and northern Mexico where the Apache Indians lived and fought.

The Battle of Cieneguilla: Dragoons vs. Jicarilla Apaches
By Will Gorenfeld
The circumstances surrounding the New Mexico Territory fight on March 30, 1854, have been disputed, but it turned into a desperate struggle for survival for 60 dragoons.

Cochise Stronghold
By Layton L. Hooper
The Chiricahuas, most notably the feared and resourceful Cochise, survived and thrived in an unforgiving land, including the Dragoon Mountains, from which they wreaked havoc on their American and Mexican enemies.

A Close Shave for the Barber of Dodge City
By Roger Jay
John Tyler, an ex-slave from Missouri who owned a barber shop and residence on Dodge City’s Front Street, mistakenly shot a white farmer in January 1876. That shooting figured to be costly for Tyler, but, with a little help from some surprising friends in town, he held his ground.


Editor’s Letter


By Sierra Adare and Tasiwoopa api
Historian Richard W. Etulain, a self-described “son-of-a-Basque,” goes beyond New Mexico and Beyond the Missouri in his latest work.

News and events celebrating the frontier, plus California author Lee A. Silva’s Top Ten “Types of Weapons That Won the West.”

A noted cowboy of Wyoming.

Gunfighters & Lawmen
By Mike Tower
Outlaw “Black Jack” Bill Christian did shoot Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Hocker just above the heart, but that wasn’t the end of the road for the young lawman.

Pioneers & Settlers
By Gregory Michno
After killing Hamilton and Juniata McComas on the road to Lordsburg in dangerous southwestern New Mexico Territory, Apache raiders decided to keep the couple’s blond 6-year-old son, Charlie.

Indian Life
By Mike Coppock
While on assignment in Alaska Territory, Lieutenant Charles Wood learned plenty about Tlingit food, totem poles, women and evil spirits, as well as Ghost Bears. But his goal was to climb what was then believed to be the world’s highest mountain.

Western Enterprise
By Rita Ackerman
Forty miles south of Dodge City, merchant Cash Henderson founded a town that, fittingly enough, was named Cash City. But the cash of area farmers would not flow for very long.

Ghost Towns
By Steve Mauro
Grafton was founded by Mormons in southern Utah Territory in the 1860s, deserted in the 1920s and rediscovered by Hollywood in the 1950s.

By John Rose
The White Mountain Apaches’ growing archival collection is on display at the tribal museum in Fort Apache Historic Park in southeastern Arizona.

Guns of the West
By Wayne R. Austerman
In the 1840s and ’50s, the Model 1842 pistol filled the saddle holsters of many a dragoon and plainsman.

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market celebrates its 50th anniversary by bringing more than 670 artists to Phoenix.

Must-read books and must-see movies (well, at least one is really an old TV show) about Dodge City. Plus reviews of recent books, a documentary and another documentary’s riveting musical score.

George Armstrong Custer and his fresh kill…an elk, to be specific.


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Chiricahua Chief Cochise: Edwin R. Sweeney, author of an acclaimed biography of Cochise, examines the celebrated leader of the Chokonen band of Chiricahua Apaches.

Dodge City Bullfight: On the Fourth of July 1884, the old cow town hosted the first sanctioned bullfight on U.S. soil.

Have You Heard About the Heard? The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market turns 50.


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What town or city best defines the Wild West? In other words, what community west of the Mississippi do you think was wild and woollier than the rest? Candidates include Dodge City, Tombstone, Deadwood, Denver, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and any other, except Hobbs, N.M.