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Cover Story
Annie Oakley vs. Hearst’s Worst
By Ron Soodalter
When newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst besmirched her reputation, sharpshooter Annie Oakley aimed to make him pay

James Leavy: ‘Here Is Our Game’
By Erik Wright
A trio of gamblers in Tucson, Arizona Territory, were no match for the ever dangerous gunslinger—until they caught him off guard and unarmed

Getting Personal on the Frontier
By Chris Enss
“I am fat, fair and 48. Five feet high. Am a No. 1 lady.” So began one personal ad by a single woman looking for a man of the West

Butterfield Sets the Stage
By Melody Groves
John Butterfield’s Overland Mail Co. ran stagecoaches over a rugged route between Tipton, Missouri, and San Francisco within 25 days

The On-Target ‘California Girl’
By Julia Bricklin
Annie Oakley’s onetime shooting rival with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, Lillian Smith transformed herself at age 30 into “Princess Wenona”


Editor’s Letter


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

Prolific author Chris Enss presents her Top 10 leading ladies of the Old West era, John Monnett reveals a history-changing letter, Ray John de Aragon has discovered another “possible” Billy the Kid image, and Baby Peggy gives our readers an update

By Kellen Cutsforth
Fifth-generation Coloradan and award-winning author Jeff Broome discusses Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver, 1864–1869

A portrait of five bearded big shots from the San Bernardino Society for California Pioneers

Indian Life
By David McCormick
When would-be white settlers landed at coastal Oregon’s Battle Rock, a band of Tututni Indians was there to greet them—or fight them

Pioneers and Settlers
By William Groneman III
So how exactly did Davy Crockett die at the Alamo? Here are the eyewitness accounts to finally settle the question—or perhaps not


Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
Jack Sorenson has driven a stagecoach and been run over by one, and now he is highly accomplished at painting pictures of them

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By R. Michael Wilson
Suspected of murder, a Chinese man holed up in a California powder magazine and warned lawmen he might blow his top—literally

Western Enterprise
By John Koster
John Sutter was a rich man of the soil in 1840s California, but then came the rush for gold that turned his entire world upside down

Ghost Towns
By Jim Pettengill
At its peak the New Mexico Territory silver mining town of Lake Valley boasted 1,000 residents, 12 saloons and three churches

By Linda Wommack
In the heart of Abilene, Frontier Texas! is an interactive museum that puts an exclamation point on the history of the Lone Star State

Guns of the West
By Chip Carlson
Stock detective and hired assassin Tom Horn used various rifles—possibly this Winchester Centennial now in a private collection

Chris Enss lists notable books and movies about women with spirit. Plus reviews of recent books about the West, from frontier days through the California Gold Rush on into the 1910s, and a DVD review of an “epic” John Wayne movie collection

Go West!
The rainbow ends in paniolo country, Hawaii

On the Cover: Annie “Little Sure Shot” Oakley was known for her ladylike manner and fine form, whether shooting or not, and said that to be considered a lady was her “highest ambition.” (Cover photo: Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas; colorization by Quad Graphics)



Discussion: If you were able to attend Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and take in just one attraction, what would it be: Annie Oakley shooting the ashes from husband Frank Butler’s cigarette? Young sharpshooter Lillian Smith breaking glass balls with her .22? Indians attacking the Deadwood Stage? A reenactment of Custer’s Last Stand? Cody himself waving to the crowd while mounted on a beautiful white steed?

Annie Oakley
Even though the sharpshooter was born in Ohio, author Eric V. Sorg insists that to call her a “Western legend” does not miss the mark

Chisum: ‘Cattle King of the Pecos’
Cattle dealer John Chisum rates a place of honor in Southwestern history, as Richard Weddle proves in an expanded version of the August 2014 Wild West cover story

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