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Cover Story
Roman Nose: Knight-Errant in a War Bonnet
By John Koster
Although neither a Cheyenne chief nor head of a warrior society, he became the most famous fighting man of his tribe and a champion of his people in the mold of Sir Lancelot.

Nocona’s Raid and Cynthia Ann Parker’s Recapture
By Gregory Michno
During an 1860 Comanche raid in Texas, Peta Nocona brought along his wife—a onetime white female captive who would soon, like it or not, be recaptured by the Texans.

Bandido Tiburcio Vásquez at Tres Pinos
By John Boessenecker
California’s second most famous Hispanic outlaw had already left a long trail of banditry and bloodshed, but his notoriety soared after cold-blooded killings in August 1873.

The Infernal but Necessary Fort Gibson
By Kevin L. Cook
The Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) fort that served as the terminus for relocated Eastern Indians on the Trail of Tears was no picnic for soldiers stationed there, who knew it as the “Graveyard of the Army.”

Wyatt Earp’s Most Controversial Decision
By Leo W. Banks
In Tombstone he had participated in the West’s most famous gunfight and pursued a vendetta against the Cowboys, but those decisions didn’t cause as much backlash as the one he made in a prizefight ring in 1896 San Francisco—calling a low blow against boxer “Ruby Bob” Fitzsimmons.

Editor’s Letter


A Wild West article is among the 2010 Spur Award winners, plus other news, upcoming events, Frontier Flashes, West Words, Famous Last Words and a boss Top Ten from gunfighter and lawman expert John Boessenecker.

A bronc named Silver sent cowgirl Bonnie McCarroll sailing during seat-of-the-pants action at the 1915 Pendleton Roundup.

By Candy Moulton
John W. Davis, author of Wyoming Range War: The Infamous Invasion of Johnson County, discusses the hired hands who went beyond the law.

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Donna B. Ernst
Wild Bunch outlaw Sundance Kid and companion Ethel Place toured New York City and twice visited a “hotel” in Buffalo, N.Y., for medical treatment.

Pioneers and Settlers
By David McCormick
Although a cut below the Masons, the Clampers of the Old West provided more than just California Gold Rush chuckles.

Indian Life
By Constance R. Cherba and Edward E. Deckert
In Black Hills negotiations, the Allison Commission faced a sharp divide among Plains Indians that made a successful council nearly impossible.


Western Enterprise
By Tom Straka and Bob Wynn
Two innovations—the V-flume and square-set timbering—turned lumber to good advantage and made Comstock mines pay big dividends.

Art of the West
By Stephen Mauro
Glen Swanson, sculptor, retired filmmaker and collector of frontier militaria, has created a lasting tribute to George Armstrong Custer.

Guns of the West
By George J. Layman
The Montana, produced from 1882 to 1884, might be the rarest of all Marlin-made Ballard breechloaders. One went Hollywood in 2003.

Ghost Towns
By Jim Pettengill
Colorado’s Alta mining camp made men rich on the success of the first commercial alternating-current power plant.

By Linda Wommack
Cattle ranching, agriculture and the Red River War all get their due at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the pride of Canyon, Texas.

Must-read books and must-see movies that relate to the world of the Cheyennes. Plus a look at six recent books and two DVDs.

Go West!
The Roosevelt Arch: Welcome to Yellowstone!

On the cover: The Southern Cheyenne Chief Wolf Robe, who was photographed several times in his life, poses in the early 1900s wearing a Benjamin Harrison presidential medallion. Several extant photos purportedly show the earlier Cheyenne Roman Nose, but none has been authenticated. (Library of Congress; colorization by Slingshot Studio, Atlanta, Ga.)



Discussion: If asked to pick the top fighting Indians of the Wild West, most people would name the Sioux (Lakotas) or Apaches. The Sioux led the way at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, of course, while small bands of Apaches caused havoc for the U.S. Army well into the 1880s. Which tribe is No.1? What about the Cheyennes and Comanches?

Teddy’s Ride to Recovery: Here it is, Western Writers of America’s 2010 Spur Award winner for Short Nonfiction. Roger Di Silvestro’s award-winning article, which originally ran in the October 2009 Wild West, tells how future President Theodore Roosevelt took up hunting, ranching and writing in Dakota Territory to help rebound from personal losses back East.

Comanche Captives: Award-winning author Gregory Michno tells the tale of “Dot” and Bianca Babb, two young Texans captured in September 1866 by Comanche raiders.


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