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Cover Story
In a Brother’s Shadow
By Lee A. Silva
Wyatt Earp gets most of the attention, but the lawman in charge during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was Virgil Earp. Later, despite having lost the use of his left arm, Virgil again pinned on a badge.

The Fight at Pinta Trail Crossing
By Wayne R. Austerman
Thanks to his coppery red hair, captive James Dunn was still alive when Jack Hays’ Rangers hit Comanche raiders.

The Killing of Dora Hand
By Susan L. Silva and Lee A. Silva
While gunning for Dodge City Mayor Dog Kelley, Texas cowboy Spike Kenedy accidentally shot the popular singer.

Cornelia Adair’s Journey to the JA
By Chuck Lyons
As her diary suggests, the future Texas cattle queen began her transformation from an Easterner to a Westerner during her first trip beyond the Mississippi River in 1874.

Blood for Blood: The Mono Lynching
By Lee Shackelton
A mob of Mono County, Calif., and Nevada Paiutes sought revenge in 1891 after a Chinese merchant killed and dismembered one of their own. The outnumbered whites of Bridgeport, Calif., weren’t about to stand in their way.

Editor’s Letter


News about the Wild West History Association award winners, plus Wayne Austerman’s Top Ten embarrassing moments in Texas history, Frontier Flashes and upcoming events.

By Candy Moulton
Richard C. Rattenbury, author of Hunting the American West, tells some early big-game tales.

Tall man on a short burro: Kit Carson associate Edwin O. Perrin aboard Old Harry.

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By Harold L. Edwards
Three novice stagecoach robbers in California met swift justice from a Wells Fargo shotgun guard.

Pioneers and Settlers
By Ardyn Fredericksen
A search for Western ancestors just might open new doors and establish solid roots. Join our related discussion.

Indian Life
By Bill Markley
When Spotted Tail killed Crow Dog, the Lakotas handled it their way, but the U.S. government had other ideas on how to mete out justice.


Western Enterprise
By John Koster
Low Army pay prompted some ambitious soldiers to look for other ways to raise dough.

Ghost Towns
By Jim Pettengill
In southwestern New Mexico, when Old Hachita rocked, prospectors cried, “Eureka!”

By Linda Wommack
The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, on Colorado’s Lookout Mountain, celebrates the lasting appeal and influence of a man who was far more than just a mere showman.

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Plains Indian imagery and personal inspiration are colorfully masked in Becky Olvera Shultz’s Keeper of the Peace.

Guns of the West
By Joseph G. Rosa
Wild Bill Hickok carried two of them and Bloody Bill Anderson carried at least three, but toting one Navy Colt was enough for most Westerners.

Must-read books and must-see movies about Western ranches. Plus a look at Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, the video game Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood and some intriguing recent books about Henry Flipper, Apache Kid, deadly Texans and more.

San Francisco’s first mayor owned this $17,250 captured Mexican sword.



On the cover: In October 1881, Virgil Earp, seen here in an undated photograph, was both a deputy U.S. marshal and the chief of police (aka city marshal) of Tombstone. Wyatt actually worked for his older brother at the time of the famous Tombstone, Ariz., gunfight. (Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka; colorized by Slingshot Studio, Atlanta, Ga.)




Discussion: Famous brothers fought on both sides of the law in the Old West. Which of the following sets of brothers do you find most representative of the Wild West and/or are the ones you would most want to meet: Wyatt, Virgil, Morgan and Warren Earp; Bat, Jim and Ed Masterson; Cole, Jim, Bob and John Younger; Jesse and Frank James; Frank, Bob, Emmett, Grat and Bill Dalton; William and Charles Bent; Michael and John Meagher; Ike and Billy Clanton; Tom and Frank McLaury; George and Tom Custer; or John Wesley and Jeff Davis Hardin?

A Close Shave for the Barber of Dodge City: One night in January 1876, black barbershop owner John Taylor accidentally shot a white farmer he mistook for his wife’s lover.

O.K. Corral: A Gunfight Shrouded in Mystery: Lawman Virgil Earp, along with two brothers and a “Doc,” didn’t exactly clean up Tombstone that day.


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