Bat Masterson, Paladin of the Plains
By Roger Jay
The famous lawman-gambler operated for many years in the “have gun, will travel” mode, going the extra mile to do his duty and help friends and family in need.
By David Sneed
An 1890s Yosemite Stage and Turnpike Company touring coach sees new life as restorers faithfully reconstruct its damaged and missing parts.
The Search for Jessie Evans
By David S. Turk and Rick Parker
Two eager researchers seek the real name of the outlaw gang leader and what happened to him after he escaped from prison in May 1882 and seemingly vanished.
By Kate Ruland-Thorne
Mountain man Joseph R. Walker, who heeded the call of the frontier his entire life, was a sought-after guide who didn’t just follow trails—he made them.
Here Be Dragons
By Will Bagley
Dragons marked the unknown on early maps, and 140 years ago John Wesley Powell sought to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and slay the last “dragon” on Western maps.
News about the 2009 Spur and Wrangler awards, Topps explorer cards, the dating of the horse and Western towns celebrating important anniversaries. Also Will Bagley’s Top Ten Western explorers. Plus upcoming events.
By Candy Moulton
John H. Monnett, author of Where a Hundred Soldiers Were Killed, discusses William Fetterman and his own fascination with the Cheyennes.
By the 1880s, the “Wickedest City in America” was settling down and music had taken center stage, thanks to the Dodge City Cow-Boy Band.
Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Larry Wood
Roy Daugherty (aka “Arkansas Tom Jones”) ran with the Dalton Gang, waged a one-man stand, went to prison, made a movie and robbed again.
Pioneers and Settlers
By Chris Penn
Young Andy Hall joined John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition through the Grand Canyon and then became a trusted Wells Fargo messenger—till tragedy struck.
By Leo W. Banks
Former Chiricahua Apache war leader Cochise made a half-dozen social calls to Fort Bowie.
By Pam Potter
At a box house, patrons could drink, gamble, watch a stage show of sorts and catch one of the “box rustlers” for some private entertainment.
By Les Kruger
The biggest claim to fame for Tinton, S.D., is that one of its residents, a Welshman known as Potato Creek Johnny, panned what was likely the biggest gold nugget ever found in the Black Hills.
Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Bill Chappell spent time in the saddle as a Texas cowboy, a background recalled in his oil-on-canvas collage All in a Day’s Work.
By Dave Lauterborn
The Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, Mo., recalls life on the Missouri with restored cargo from a stricken 1850s paddle-wheeler.
Guns of the West
By Lee A. Silva
Gunsmith Daniel Moore’s popular seven-shooter triggered a lawsuit from Smith & Wesson.
Must-read books and must-see movies about Western explorers. Plus many recent reviews.
In 1904 Buffalo Bill gave this .22-caliber Winchester to a lucky Lincoln, Neb., teenager.
On the cover: Bat Masterson (1853–1921), looking dapper in his signature derby hat, was among the most respected lawmen on the frontier and a man family and friends could count on for help. (Kansas State Historical Society; colorized by Slingshot Studio, Atlanta, Ga.)
Discussion: When discussing trans-Mississippi West exploration, everyone starts with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. But historian Will Bagley has the two captains sharing the No. 2 ranking among U.S. Western explorers. In Bagley’s book, Jedediah Smith is No. 1. Do you agree? Also in contention are a frontier full of other adventurous fellows, including Zebulon Pike, Joe Walker, Wilson Price Hunt, Robert Stuart, Peter Ogden, Stephen Long, Jim Bridger and John Wesley Powell.
Bat in the Big Apple: Western legend Bat Masterson spent his last years as a boxing authority and columnist in—gasp—New York City.
Glass in the Wilderness: Mauled by a she-grizzly and considered beyond hope, mountain man Hugh Glass began a long crawl for survival and into American legend)
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