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The Long Trail: Life on the Cattle Drive
By Ron Soodalter
“There was only two things the old-time cowpuncher was afraid of,” recalled drover “Teddy Blue” Abbott, “a decent woman and being set afoot”

Wild West Georgians
By Irakli Makharadze
Mistakenly called “Cossacks,” the colorful horsemen who rode with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World actually hailed from the Russian province of Georgia

Soapy Smith’s Showdown With the Vigilantes
By Jeff Smith
The con man came to the end of his trail in Skagway, Alaska, in 1898, but the circumstances were part of another “con”

Coyote: An American Original
By Dan Flores
Dubbed a prairie wolf by explorer William Clark, the coyote was in fact a distinct species that captured the imagination of many Indians but was otherwise viewed as unsavory

War Drums in the Owens Valley
By Jerry Keenan
Joaquín Jim of the Southern Mono Paiutes would not stop raiding the ranchers’ cattle, and soon other Indians in the once-peaceful California valley were clashing with the newcomers


Editor’s Letter


NEW! Weider Reader
Excerpts from recent articles in other World History Group titles

Author Ron Soodalter’s Top 10 cattle barons of the Old West, a few words from Ambrose Bierce about railroad man Collis Huntington, plus news and events related to the wonderful Wild West


By Candy Moulton
Roy Young edits the Wild West History Association Journal yet finds time to write about Judge William Stilwell and other Cochise County, Ariz., characters

“Cowgirls” at a ranch in Wyoming’s Carbon County make a show of getting all liquored up

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Larry Wood
Eight men went to Olyphant, Ark., to take part in a train robbery in November 1893, and one veteran conductor made the mistake of trying to stop them

Pioneers and Settlers
By Kay Grant
This former slave turned private with the all-black 38th U.S. Infantry Regiment had more reason than most to conceal his identity


Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
William Haskell mostly paints vivid Western landscapes with no people, but he uses the tepee as a symbol to create a “human footprint”

Indian Life
By Jerry Keenan
The bands known as the Rogue River Indians rose to protect their way of life in the 1850s when miners arrived in southwest Oregon

Western Enterprise
By David McCormick
Richard “Rocky Mountain Dick” Rock captured animals such as bison, moose and elk and sold them to animal parks and preserves

Ghost Towns
By Jim Pettengill
Carson, Colorado, had nothing to do with Kit Carson but a lot to do with silver and gold

By Linda Wommack
Those interested in the cattle drives north out of Texas should steer to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, Okla.

Guns of the West
By Lee A. Silva
Jim Earle sells fine Western books, but he is also the proud owner of famous frontier firearms, including the six-shooter Sheriff Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid

Author Ron Soodalter’s rundown of books and films about the 19th-century cattle drives, plus reviews of recent books, featuring Bob Paul, Soapy Smith and Ambrose Bierce, and a look at the recent Heaven’s Gate DVD

Go West!
The red rocks soar over Zion’s Virgin River

On the Cover: A cowboy braves the cold while riding night watch on a herd with the help of a dog, in a David R. Stoecklein photograph taken at the Zollinger Ranch in Mackay, Idaho. During 19th-century cattle drives the cowpokes kept the Longhorns rolling along by day but sang to them at night to calm the beasts. (Image: Courtesy of David R. Stoecklein)


Discussion: Old-time cowhand turned author Edward C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott wrote that drovers on the long trails north would “follow their wagon boss through hell and never complain.” On the classic TV Western Rawhide cowhands did their share of complaining but usually obeyed the trail boss. Would the drover’s life suit you?

Judge Stilwell in Arizona Territory
Read a review of Roy B. Young’s 2011 book Judge William H. Stilwell: Bench and Bar in Arizona Territory. The judge was a distant cousin of Frank Stilwell, a victim of Wyatt Earp’s 1882 vendetta against the Cowboys

Calamity Jane
In his article “The Calamities of Calamity Jane,” author William B. Secrest takes a look at the hardest-drinking frontierswoman still remembered today