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Cover Story
Chisum: ‘Cattle King of the Pecos’
By Wild West staff, with assistance from Richard Weddle
John Chisum maintained the largest herds in New Mexico Territory despite Indian raids, rustlers and the Santa Fe Ring–backed “House” in Lincoln County

Bush Knob Massacre: ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’
By R.K. DeArment
John Larn and John Selman were among the participants in a clash known as the Bush Knob Massacre between two parties of Texas cattlemen

Wynkoop’s Gamble to End War
By Louis Kraft
With peace on his mind but not enough troops to survive possible treachery, Major Edward W. “Ned” Wynkoop set out from Fort Lyon in September 1864 to visit a massive Plains Indian village

From Cimarron to Fort Sumner
By Harriet Freiberger
Lucien Maxwell came to run the largest land grant in New Mexico Territory, but in 1870 he sold out for reasons known only to him and moved 200 miles south to an abandoned fort

A Premonition of Death
By Richard Selcer
“If accident should befall me, this will be my last goodbye to all I love upon this earth,” retired General James Byrne wrote 11 days before Apaches ambushed him in west Texas


Editor’s Letter


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

Mark Lee Gardner’s August 2013 Wild West article wins a Western Writers of America Spur Award, and Kristin Johnson’s December 2013 Wild West article is a Spur finalist. Author Louis Kraft provides the Top 10 reasons to recall Ned Wynkoop from the 1860s Cheyenne wars

By Candy Moulton
Sherry Monahan drinks in the history of the Wild West and gives us a taste of Tombstone and a peek at the Earp women

The future of Oklahoma Territory looked bright to those living amid fields planted in high cotton

Indian Life
By John Koster
Half-blood Billy Garnett, the son of a Lakota woman and a Confederate general, witnessed the killing of Crazy Horse

Pioneers and Settlers
By David McCormick
Serving among Indians in the Northwest in the 19th century, Italian Jesuits brought faith, education and other improvements


Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Larry Wood
Facing a murder charge in Missouri, Billy Martin caught a break when the sheriff’s love-struck niece helped him escape

Western Enterprise
By Jim Winnerman
Frontier merchants wanted imposing and fashionable facades on their businesses, and that’s what the Mesker brothers delivered

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser (1914–94) created the bronze Smoke Signal and many other stunning works

Ghost Towns
By Les Kruger
California prospectors struck silver beneath Calico’s hills in 1881, but it took a 20th-century entrepreneur to preserve its rich history

By Linda Wommack
Given its wealth of gold and silver, Leadville, Colo., is a fitting place for the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

Guns of the West
By Lee A. Silva
Was George Elgin’s imposing hand weapon a pistol with a knife or vice versa?

Author Louis Kraft has a personal look at intriguing books and movies about the Indian wars. Plus reviews of Cheyenne War and other recent books and two DVDs—the unsung 1970s TV Western Nichols and the 2013 Western movie Sweetwater

Go West!
The sublime summer slopes of Mount Rainier

On the Cover: Cattle dealer John Chisum (1824–84) brought Longhorn herds to New Mexico Territory and obtained land along the Pecos River by right of occupancy. (Cover images: Chisum cabinet card from the Richard Weddle Files; detail from Day of the Horns, by Roberta Wesley,



Discussion: In a time of war in September 1864, Fort Lyon (Colorado Territory) commander Major Edward W. Wynkoop risked his own life and those of his men by going out to meet with the Cheyennes. Two months later he was transferred, and the fight/massacre at Sand Creek broke out. How do you view Wynkoop and his peace effort?


2014 Wrangler Winner
Dan Flores’ “Coyote: An American Original,” from the April 2013 Wild West, has won a National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Wrangler Award

2014 Spur Award
Mark Lee Gardner’s “The Other James Brother,” from the August 2013 Wild West, has won a Western Writers of America (WWA) Spur Award

2014 Spur Finalist
Kristin Johnson’s “Donner Party Cannibalism: Did They or Didn’t They?” from the December 2013 Wild West, received a WWA Spur finalist honor

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